Harris and Me: A Summer Remembered

Harris and Me: A Summer Remembered

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by Gary Paulsen
     
 

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This summer will be different. That's for sure. When an eleven-year-old city boy is dropped off to stay on a farm with relatives, he doesn't know what to expect. His cousin Harris soon takes care of that. Harris is rude and crude and finds trouble at every turn. He leads his city cousin into everything from wrestling slippery pigs to catching mice to a daredevil jump

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This summer will be different. That's for sure. When an eleven-year-old city boy is dropped off to stay on a farm with relatives, he doesn't know what to expect. His cousin Harris soon takes care of that. Harris is rude and crude and finds trouble at every turn. He leads his city cousin into everything from wrestling slippery pigs to catching mice to a daredevil jump out of a barn loft. And that's not all. There are swimming and cowboy movies and enough good food to fill the boys up for days.

Farm life is hard but never lonely. Before long, Harris's cousin has found a place where he belongs. If only summer could last forever.

Editorial Reviews

At first, Harris was not a friend of choice. In fact, Harris wasn't a friend at all: the first-person narrator was dumped on this distant cousin's family as part of "a kind of rotation...of many uncles and shirttail relatives." To a city boy, this unruly farmer's son doesn't seem exactly respectable. For starters, he goes mouse hunting, enthusiastically wrestles 300-pound pigs, fights chickens, and rides a motorized bike. Clearly, Harris is no moral guide, but his mischievous ways do provide a hardscrabble education for a troubled young boy finding his way.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780606076241
Publisher:
Demco Media
Publication date:
05/01/1995
Age Range:
10 - 14 Years

Meet the Author

GARY PAULSEN has written nearly two hundred books for young people, including the Newbery Honor Books Hatchet, Dogsong, and The Winter Room. He divides his time between a home in New Mexico and a boat on the Pacific Ocean.

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Harris and Me: A Summer Remembered 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 51 reviews.
RyanFord94 More than 1 year ago
Harris and me is about a Kid who adjusts from his city life, to a country life and all the wild adventures he goes on. His cousin harris is hilarious. I never wanted to stop reading, it just kept me hooked. this is definatly a book I would re read. i caught myself laughing loudly sometimes, the humor is sometimes "innapropiate" this is definatly a must read if you need a laugh.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book aloud to middle schoolers as well as high schoolers. It kept their interest and we had great discussions. I highly recommend it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I absouletly LOVED the book! It made me laugh out loud. It was a total page turner, it kept me on the edge of my seat the whole time. Harris and Me is a book that was recomened to me from my 5th grade teacher. She reccomened it to me because I love Gary Paulsen and his books. Its a MUST READ!!!!!!!!!! I deffinetly recommend it!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Awesome book especially for farm boys and boys that are just naughty in general. Hilarious! My favorite Paulsen book so far and I've read several with my sons.
MairaH More than 1 year ago
read this for school
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My class read this as a read aloud and it was a popular book and got everybody laughing. I love this book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. My son who is in 8th grade read it and loved it. Would recomment it to Jr. High children. May not be a good book for elementary children.
grammyc More than 1 year ago
I read this book in the spring of every year I taught sixth grade, to the total delight of my kids. It is funny, yet poignant, and gives a good picture of life in the Midwest shortly after WW II. Both girls and boys found the adventures incredibly amusing, and couldn't wait for each new chapter. I just bought a new copy to have for my grandchildren.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I first herd of harris and me wen my teacher mrs.carlson at chief joe middle school red it to my class and i got it and iv red it teice now. Im in middle school so i dont like reading but gary paulsen changed that for me! Thanks gary!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Inapropriate, thats what my big brother said. DONT READ!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The plot of Harris and Me was attention grabbing right from the beginning when Me came to live with the Larsons. The characters were believable and lovable, even with their quirks like foul language. Mr. Paulsen does a fine job of creating a believable setting that I could visualize. I could even smell the farm smells that he described in this present day novel. The theme of the text is strong throughout teaching us that family will stick by us even in the most trying times.
JIMMO More than 1 year ago
I received my initial copy as a gift and have subsequently bought it and gifted it to everyone I know who can use a laugh. It the reader has any imagination at all, she/he can close their eyes and be transported to a different time and place and live each hilarious moment with Harris.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Harris and me was a very delightful book. Every chapter had me laughing my head off. Harris and me is a book for anyone to enjoy, and should most certainly have a sequal!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Harris and me is the most funniest book ever. you should not try the stuff at home. Harris is so funny with the way he thinks stuff is. he is nine and is always getting hit by his sister.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Its funny, advetures, touching(ending), and an over all good book. im in highschool and still like this book Gary Paulsen is my Favorite. and i dont even really like to read !
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This book might be funny to junior high kids, or if teachers edit the content. But I have a hard time recommending a book for kids that has content including descriptions of different levels of drunkkenness, 'dirty pictures,' animal cruelty, a 9 year old playing with a loaded gun, and farm help slamming beers at the bar until he pees on himself and has glazed over eyes. This is definitely not a book for elementary aged kids!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of my favorites. Paulsen's masterful means of storytelling resonated throughout the entire work. How anyone could dislike this hysterically humorous conglomeration of events at the house of Harris (particularly the urination on the electric fence) is truly the best of Gary Paulsen. A classic it the greatest form.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book this year in 7th grade. I loved the hilarious Harris, especially the part where he rides the motorized bike and loses his 'bibs.' The only thing I didn't like was the ending. I wished the narrator had gotten to stay with the Larsons. I also wished that the narrator had gotten a name. All in all, I loved the book. I really wish there was a sequel.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Mr. Paulsen has created an environment to which most of the students in my fourth grade class really wish to visit. I normally start the year off with this book (I have the skill of editing down to an art form). I have taught now for 9 years and this is the book that every class remembers most. They become transported into the story, becoming Harris' relatives themselves. My students (boys and girls) and I love the true expressiveness of Paulsen's writing. Not too many books make me crack-up as I read them aloud to my students. This one does. I laugh at the writing and I laugh with my students. I was given a gift card to Barnes and Noble Bookstore for my birthday, and I am finally adding this classroom and personal favorite to my bookshelves. Read it- you won't be disappointed!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Harris and Me was a great book and I think just about anyone would enjoy it. Its funny and adventurous and just a great read. I would reccomend it to anyone from the ages of 12 to 15.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Harris and Me is a story of Gary Paulsen as a young boy. Me, as he is known throughout the book, is driven to his cousin Harris' family ranch. Harris Larson a lively nine year old boy who has no front teeth, is sunburnt, and is the most creative kid you will ever know. Throughout the book, Harris talks 'Me' into doing just about whatever he wants, whether it's: playing war with 'commie japs', mocking Gene Autry, or swinging from the barn loft, you name it, Harris will do it. A longtime rivalry with the ranch ruffian-rooster Ernie always seemed to keep Harris on his toes. So come on down to the old Larson Place, drive into town, drink some Nesbitt's Orange Pop, or watch the Gene Autry film strip. Either way, you're bound to have SOME fun.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It is about a boy that moves to live with his cousen because his mom and dads drinking problem. When he moves in with his cousen it is way different because of their hillbilly ways of life. this book has some realy funny points and some sad parts it was a good book all round because of what they do like when Harris and the boy were playing war with the cows saying they were comey Japs and they had to go wash off in the creek.My favorite part is when they were wrestling with the rooster Ernie.