Harris and Me: A Summer Remembered

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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 ...
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Overview

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.

Sent to live with relatives on their farm because of his unhappy home life, an eleven-year-old city boy meets his distant cousin Harris and is given an introduction to a whole new world.

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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.
The ALAN Review - Charles R. Duke
Harris is one of a kind. His city cousin spends the summer with Harris, and finds farm life holds many surprises when your mentor is eleven years old and primed to try anything from fighting chickens and tackling pigs, to imitating Tarzan. Paulsen has an excellent eye for the slightly off-beat details, from the hired hand who never seems to take a bath and the rooster who lies in ambush for human prey, to Buzzer the killer cat. The life of Harris and his family on the hardscrabble farm could be unmercifully grim if it were not for Harris' exuberance for living life fully. The book contains some swearing, but Paulsen makes this one of Harris' traits that constantly gets him in trouble. This book is guaranteed not to stay on the shelf for long, once junior high boys discover it.
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"Truly one of Paulsen's best."--Booklist (starred review)
 
"Readers will experience hearts as large as farmers' appetites, humor as broad as the country landscape and adventures as wild as boyhood imaginations."
--Publishers Weekly
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780756978105
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 9/1/2007
  • Pages: 168
  • Sales rank: 719,629
  • Age range: 10 - 13 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.40 (h) x 0.70 (d)

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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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 1, 2006

    INAPPROPRIATE for elementary students

    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!

    5 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 6, 2011

    Great Book.

    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.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 21, 2011

    GREAT! One of my most favorite books of all time!

    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!

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 24, 2011

    more from this reviewer

    I Also Recommend:

    good book to read to teen boys

    read this for school

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 28, 2013

    Best book ever123454321

    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!!!!!!!!!!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 27, 2013

    Awesome book especially for farm boys and boys that are just nau

    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.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 15, 2013

    Great book

    My class read this as a read aloud and it was a popular book and got everybody laughing. I love this book

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 7, 2010

    Highly Recommended

    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.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 15, 2009

    Great book for grades 5-7; good read aloud

    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.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 26, 2014

    Harris and me rules

    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!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 25, 2013

    Blah

    Inapropriate, thats what my big brother said. DONT READ!!!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 4, 2012

    The plot of Harris and Me was attention grabbing right from the

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 21, 2010

    Superb Book.

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 21, 2008

    Scott Kendrick

    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!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 30, 2008

    A reviewer

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 2, 2007

    If you like other Gary Paulsen books you will like this one !

    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 !

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 28, 2006

    Hilarious!

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 18, 2006

    I LOVED THIS BOOK!

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 2, 2005

    You MUST read this book!

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 27, 2005

    Harris and me

    this book was horrible!!!!! no one should read this book unless the want complete boringness.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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