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Harris and Me: A Summer Remembered

  Paulsen, Gary


Publisher: Harcourt Brace & Co.
Number of Pages: 157
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Genres:

Humor
Friendship

Material Type/Location:

Junior High Fiction

Reading Level:

6-8

Awards:

Voice of Youth Award Nominee

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Why I liked this title:

Gary Paulsen is known for his adventure stories, but Harris and Me proves that Paulsen can be a writer of farce and humor as well. The narrator is an 11-year-old boy, who, due to his unfit alcoholic parents, is sent to some distant relatives for a summer on their farm in the 1950s. This city boy is in for many surprises including the backbreaking hard work as well as some wild adventures instigated by his 9-year-old cousin Harris. Harris's crazy ideas include attaching a washing machine motor to a bike, wrestling muddy pigs, and seeing what will happen when they pee on an electric fence! Harris is rude, crude (his sister constantly whacks him for using foul language) and death-defying and you'll find yourself wondering what he'll do next and whether he and his cousin will survive their adventures. My favorite characters are both animals. The first is Buzzer, a very large and deranged cat and the second is a crazy killer rooster named Ernie that keeps attacking the boys.

Reviewed by: Louise Barnett on 4/1/2004

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