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A young boy spends his tenth summer on his aunt and uncle's farm, where he is constantly involved in crazy escapades with his cousin Harris. "On the Larson farm, readers will experience hearts as large as farmers' appetites, humor as broad as the country landscape and adventures as wild as boyhood imaginations. All this adds up to a hearty helping of old-fashioned, rip-roa A young boy spends his tenth summer on his aunt and uncle's farm, where he is constantly involved in crazy escapades with his cousin Harris. "On the Larson farm, readers will experience hearts as large as farmers' appetites, humor as broad as the country landscape and adventures as wild as boyhood imaginations. All this adds up to a hearty helping of old-fashioned, rip-roaring entertainment."--"Publishers Weekly"


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A young boy spends his tenth summer on his aunt and uncle's farm, where he is constantly involved in crazy escapades with his cousin Harris. "On the Larson farm, readers will experience hearts as large as farmers' appetites, humor as broad as the country landscape and adventures as wild as boyhood imaginations. All this adds up to a hearty helping of old-fashioned, rip-roa A young boy spends his tenth summer on his aunt and uncle's farm, where he is constantly involved in crazy escapades with his cousin Harris. "On the Larson farm, readers will experience hearts as large as farmers' appetites, humor as broad as the country landscape and adventures as wild as boyhood imaginations. All this adds up to a hearty helping of old-fashioned, rip-roaring entertainment."--"Publishers Weekly"

30 review for Harris and Me: A Summer Remembered

  1. 4 out of 5

    Henry

    I wish this could have a million, zillion, jillion to infinity stars because it's awesome! It's a boy book and I like that stuff. They made a motorcycle out of a clothes washer and jumped on a horses back from a loft and they peed on an electric fence and they jumped on a sow and almost killed it. It was super funny. I wish this could have a million, zillion, jillion to infinity stars because it's awesome! It's a boy book and I like that stuff. They made a motorcycle out of a clothes washer and jumped on a horses back from a loft and they peed on an electric fence and they jumped on a sow and almost killed it. It was super funny.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Matthew

    This is quite possibly the funniest piece of writing that Gary Paulsen ever published. I've always been disappointed that I couldn't read it aloud to children at school thanks in large part to Harris's decidedly foul mouth. I have never laughed so hard at any other book in my life, the stories of Patrick McManus included. There are few books that manage to hold so honestly to the true nature of a mischievous boy, unacceptable bits and all, and there is no other book that holds a candle to this f This is quite possibly the funniest piece of writing that Gary Paulsen ever published. I've always been disappointed that I couldn't read it aloud to children at school thanks in large part to Harris's decidedly foul mouth. I have never laughed so hard at any other book in my life, the stories of Patrick McManus included. There are few books that manage to hold so honestly to the true nature of a mischievous boy, unacceptable bits and all, and there is no other book that holds a candle to this for comedic value. Its charm doesn't stem from the fact that his actions are of a particularly surprising nature. Rather, its comedic brilliance is born out of its ability to let readers foresee the consequences of Harris's actions long before he does, coupled with the ride that Harris takes along the way and particularly his reaction after each ploy fails. On Goodreads, I'd recommend this to anyone of any age. At school, not so much, which is the most irritating part of composing this review.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Corbin Goforth

    iv read it 3 times funniest book ever

  4. 5 out of 5

    Robyn

    I am sorry for those of you that have not had the privilege to know of a different time and place. When life was slower, the nights were darker and lit by fireflies, when, well when life was more real, when Roy Rogers was King, Tarzan came on every Saturday morning... It wasn't perfect, but for kids, even the 60s were just so much fun. Nobody came home until the street lights came on... I LOVED THIS BOOK. I think it might actually be the best book I have ever read in my life.... This reminded me I am sorry for those of you that have not had the privilege to know of a different time and place. When life was slower, the nights were darker and lit by fireflies, when, well when life was more real, when Roy Rogers was King, Tarzan came on every Saturday morning... It wasn't perfect, but for kids, even the 60s were just so much fun. Nobody came home until the street lights came on... I LOVED THIS BOOK. I think it might actually be the best book I have ever read in my life.... This reminded me of the stories that my Daddy told me about his childhood and his friend, Froggy.. yup Froggy. I laughed so hard, thank God I was reading, cuz had I been listening, I wouldn't have been able to hear it I was laughing so hard. Jumpin on pigs, driving tractors, having a lynx for a "PET" and a rooster... OMG, I about wet my pants. I have been jumped on by a rooster and by ducks... once as a police officer I was chased by these people's goose (that is some scary stuff right there, yall). I was in uniform running around and around their house and my car and the dam goose was chasing me so close I couldn't do anything but run and yell for them to come out and get the dam thing. That goose kept jumping up and hitting me in the back with its feet.. So when Ernie hit Harris in the back, I was hysterical... And then the tears.. WOW! what a great book. I just loved it... 5 stars because that is all there is to give Happy Reading

  5. 5 out of 5

    Casey Terryn

    This book is hilarious and very realistic. I loved it!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Veron!ca

    Seriously? This book was terrible! The first thing you notice when you pick up this book is the title 'Harris and Me'. Okay, that's not even proper grammar. SO obviously, the author is a thick-skulked baboon. Need further proof? Does he really expect me to laugh at someone hurting there balls or saying the word 'piss'? Because, quite frankly, it's not that funny all. If he says 'testicles' one more freaking time I'm going to shoot someone!"I said testicle and now I'm a famous author!" NO!!! That Seriously? This book was terrible! The first thing you notice when you pick up this book is the title 'Harris and Me'. Okay, that's not even proper grammar. SO obviously, the author is a thick-skulked baboon. Need further proof? Does he really expect me to laugh at someone hurting there balls or saying the word 'piss'? Because, quite frankly, it's not that funny all. If he says 'testicles' one more freaking time I'm going to shoot someone!"I said testicle and now I'm a famous author!" NO!!! That's not how it works!!!! Hey, Gary Paulsen. Ever heard of the Grammar Slammer Bammer? Well, he's coming for you.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Maximillian Meyerhofer

    Student Name:Max Meyerhofer Date Submitted:4/9/19 Book Title: Harris and Me Lexile:980 Personal response: I personally like this book. It was super easy to read and comprehend, but it wasn't super easy to where I just fly by. I also enjoyed that the setting was out in the countryside because that is my favorite place to be. Summary: The main character, who we never find out his name, is a foster child who goes and lives with his aunt because his parents drink too much. At his aunt's house, he fin Student Name:Max Meyerhofer Date Submitted:4/9/19 Book Title: Harris and Me Lexile:980 Personal response: I personally like this book. It was super easy to read and comprehend, but it wasn't super easy to where I just fly by. I also enjoyed that the setting was out in the countryside because that is my favorite place to be. Summary: The main character, who we never find out his name, is a foster child who goes and lives with his aunt because his parents drink too much. At his aunt's house, he finds his cousin who is about nine years old. All throughout the book, they go on many adventures. One of the worst things they did was take a motor from a washing machine and put it on a bike to have some fun. It went a little too far because they crashed it. They always did something crazy all throughout the book like when they tried jumping off the barn. Characterization: The narrator, in my opinion, changed the most throughout the book because he went from being a shy guy to having fun with Harris. For example, in the beginning when they are eating pancakes, the narrator does not even try to go for one. So Harris just shares one of his with him. But then, later on, he becomes more friendly with Harris and they do some crazy plans. Recommendation: I would recommend this book to anyone in middle school and up. I say this because there is some minor swearing throughout but nothing too bad. It is also a very easy read and anyone would comprehend it.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    It was an okay book but i would not say it was the best. iv defiantly read better books before.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Nevaeh S

    Very good i read it in sixth grade!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Rod Brown

    Banned Book Week! Time to read some banned books. First up is this curious little item from the mid-90s, challenged apparently for its language. A nameless 11-year-old narrator is passed from relative to relative in the 1950s (Probably? Reference is made to a 1949 truck.) because his parents are a pair of hopeless drunks. The latest stop is a farm in Minnesota (Probably? There is reference to someone going 150 miles west to North Dakota.) where we are introduced to Harris, the poster child for Th Banned Book Week! Time to read some banned books. First up is this curious little item from the mid-90s, challenged apparently for its language. A nameless 11-year-old narrator is passed from relative to relative in the 1950s (Probably? Reference is made to a 1949 truck.) because his parents are a pair of hopeless drunks. The latest stop is a farm in Minnesota (Probably? There is reference to someone going 150 miles west to North Dakota.) where we are introduced to Harris, the poster child for The Dangerous Book for Boys. The book flap references Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn, and like them, Harris is chock full of mischief, willfulness and life-threatening plans for play that would probably make helicopter parents faint at the mere thought of them. He drops racist references to Japanese people as casually as Huck used the N-word. Harris also uses the word "damn" liberally, which I guess some people find offensive? And there are references to nudie pics. So, should it be banned? No. Might it be inappropriate for young readers? Um, yeah. If I were reading it to a child, I'd feel obliged to have a lot of side discussions to put a lot of things into context of the historical framework. But, hey, I'm an adult, and I grew up on a farm that was testosterone heavy with two older brothers, a father and a live-in uncle and had my own share of stupidly dangerous episodes of play and work, as well as exposure to racism, profanity, and pornography, so it was pretty easy to relate. The hijinks are amusing enough in their boys-will-be-boys way with plenty of groin-injuring slapstick. The ending, like the setting and protagonist's name, seems needlessly vague, but its acceptable enough in its what-do-you-think-happened-next way that depends entirely on if you are in a good or bad mood when you finish the book.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Allison Morgan

    Genre/Category: Gary Paulsen The 11-year-old narrator is taken to the farm of distant family for a summer and meets Harris, a daring, yet immature boy who gets them into all sorts of trouble. However, after a summer full of events and mishaps, the two boys become great friends. The only other book I've read by Paulsen was Hatchet, so I didn't have a lot to compare this novel to. I was a little surprised by the lack of a climax; the book seemed to be made up of one event after another without any b Genre/Category: Gary Paulsen The 11-year-old narrator is taken to the farm of distant family for a summer and meets Harris, a daring, yet immature boy who gets them into all sorts of trouble. However, after a summer full of events and mishaps, the two boys become great friends. The only other book I've read by Paulsen was Hatchet, so I didn't have a lot to compare this novel to. I was a little surprised by the lack of a climax; the book seemed to be made up of one event after another without any build-up or point. This may possibly be because Paulsen wanted to show an average summer on the farm and a growing relationship between two young boys without needing a strong climax and resolution in the end. Instead, the book felt more like every-day life on a farm, where the greatest trials were avoiding an angry rooster and finding a place to dry off after a swim in the river. It was a care-free kind of book, one full of cherished moments and insights into life through the eyes of a young boy.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Paulh

    Harris and Me written by Gary Paulsen is realistic fiction. In my eyes this book is great because it's a mix of comedy and realism about being a farm boy and living that life. The Me character is a smart, outgoing, city boy and doesn't know much about the farm boy life. Harris is weird, likes adventure, and he's a daredevil. The main conflict is Harris has a tendency to be too adventurist.The setting is on a farm in the good old days. The plot line of the story is Me went to an aunts and uncles Harris and Me written by Gary Paulsen is realistic fiction. In my eyes this book is great because it's a mix of comedy and realism about being a farm boy and living that life. The Me character is a smart, outgoing, city boy and doesn't know much about the farm boy life. Harris is weird, likes adventure, and he's a daredevil. The main conflict is Harris has a tendency to be too adventurist.The setting is on a farm in the good old days. The plot line of the story is Me went to an aunts and uncles house met Harris started messing around like "me" is part of the family. A detail i found funny funny is that Harris read the comic Tarzan and then he tried to swing from a rope like him but ended up running in to a barn wall. i highly recommend this book.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Kate

    3.5/5 This is a children’s book that is set in the early 1950s. It is written from the perspective of a young boy. One day he is taken from his parents (who drink a little too much at times) and brought to live with some of his distant relatives on a farm. This is the story about his friendship with his second cousin, Harris, and the adventures and escapades that they get up to on the farm.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Ian Richie

    It is a good book and gives off a really warm feeling.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Alaina Sampson

    I liked the book but it was slow in some parts

  16. 4 out of 5

    Josie Kicherer

    Personal Response: I thought the book Harris and Me by Gary Paulsen was a very fun, light read. I grew up in a farming community with brothers who were always up to mischief. These facts helped me relate to this story. I also had a foster brother which helped me relate to the main character’s life. Overall, I thought this book was very easy and good to read. Plot: The main character was a foster child that went to live with relatives that he had never met before due to his parent's alcohol abuse. Personal Response: I thought the book Harris and Me by Gary Paulsen was a very fun, light read. I grew up in a farming community with brothers who were always up to mischief. These facts helped me relate to this story. I also had a foster brother which helped me relate to the main character’s life. Overall, I thought this book was very easy and good to read. Plot: The main character was a foster child that went to live with relatives that he had never met before due to his parent's alcohol abuse. He finally found a home with a child his same age. His name was Harris and he was his nine-year-old cousin. They got into many adventures and misadventures together. The biggest mischief that they got into was taking a motor off a washing machine and adding it to a bike. They finally got it to drive, but it crashed. They also tried to fly by jumping off the barn roof. They had an uncle who did little creative projects like making crafts, which they loved. Throughout the story, they did crazy stunts that could have ended up getting them harmed and even killed. They were brave and they did crazy stunts over and over again. Characterization: Throughout the book, Harris caused both him and the narrator to do crazy, daring stunts. They ultimately learned from these stunts because of the trouble that they would get in. They both grew as characters. They learned that they could have fun, but they needed to be safe. As the narrator bounced between homes, he grew as a person. He grew to be independent and not rely on anyone but himself. He grew to be a fun and daring kid. Harris pulled the narrator out of his shy personality. By the end of the book, they were both very outgoing kids. At the end of summer, the narrator had to say goodbye to Harris and the fun they had together. Harris grew as a character because he matures greatly throughout the book. Setting: The book mostly took place on a farm. The child was moving from relative to relative, so there was not a stable setting. The book also took place in the mid-1950s, so the time period has changed dramatically from then to now. The setting has an impact on the book by giving the reader a feel of the environment, and how life was like in the past. Recommendation: I recommended this book to middle school students and above because a younger audience would not be able to fully comprehend the book. I also recommended this book to both males and females because this was a book that could relate to anyone. This book was also not hard and that was why it was a good read for middle school students.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Kaje Chapman

    An unnamed kid spends the summer with the Larsons. The Larsons are a family that consists of Knute, Clair, Glennis, Harris, and a farmhand, Louie. Harris is a young boy that would be very irritating to me. I have had my fair share of little kids and I think Harris would drive me nuts. Harris and the kid get in lots of trouble. There are two big horses on the farm Bill and Bob. Harris and the kid lose the horses' trust over the summer. First, they lose Bill's trust when they jump out of the haylo An unnamed kid spends the summer with the Larsons. The Larsons are a family that consists of Knute, Clair, Glennis, Harris, and a farmhand, Louie. Harris is a young boy that would be very irritating to me. I have had my fair share of little kids and I think Harris would drive me nuts. Harris and the kid get in lots of trouble. There are two big horses on the farm Bill and Bob. Harris and the kid lose the horses' trust over the summer. First, they lose Bill's trust when they jump out of the hayloft onto his back. The horse did not like that and would not go near either of the boys afterward. The next time the wrest of the family leaves the boys lose the trust of Bob. The kid grabbed his toy six shooter and Harris grabbed Knutes 12 gauge shotgun. They were going to play cowboys. Harris put the barrel of the gun between Bob's ears and fired. Bob bucked the boys off and stepped on the gun, causing the stock to break. Knute was not mad about the gun breaking, just disappointed, which is far worse. The boys got into many more shenanigans after that.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Benjamin H.

    It is a good book because its about farming with his uncle for the summer. He used to be in a family in the city but he never knew what else he could do in the country. He made friends with his cousin and learns about the country. They learn how to milk cows and smooth it out and rides horses.But can he keep up with everything that happens at the farm.

  19. 4 out of 5

    jimtown

    Harris and Me is a pretty cute children's story, most especially for boys. Harris tests the limits of life on a daily basis at the farm he lives on. When his city cousin arrives for the summer, the boys work hard at play always with disastrous results. Some days it's just mud or pig dung, but other days it seems as if they actually risk life and limb pulling some crazy stunts. Harris was a larger than life character dressed in nothing but overalls, most of the time...when he didn't lose them. Hi Harris and Me is a pretty cute children's story, most especially for boys. Harris tests the limits of life on a daily basis at the farm he lives on. When his city cousin arrives for the summer, the boys work hard at play always with disastrous results. Some days it's just mud or pig dung, but other days it seems as if they actually risk life and limb pulling some crazy stunts. Harris was a larger than life character dressed in nothing but overalls, most of the time...when he didn't lose them. His parents seem oblivious to all his 'play' but his sister frequently tries without success to keep him in line. The city cousin learned a lot and had one of the best summers of his life hanging out with Harris. Luckily they both survived it.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer Mangler

    This is a collection of amusing stories, but it doesn't really hold together. This is a collection of amusing stories, but it doesn't really hold together.

  21. 4 out of 5

    George Brunk

    Personal Response: I personally did not enjoy the book Harris and Me mainly because I did not really understand all of the content in it. At the beginning of the book it was boring, but it really picked up when Harris was showing the city boy around near the middle of the book. I loved the effect the story had, though, to show how different life can actually be for two very different people. Plot Summary: A city boy is sent to stay at a farm for summer. When he first meets Harris, his cousin, thin Personal Response: I personally did not enjoy the book Harris and Me mainly because I did not really understand all of the content in it. At the beginning of the book it was boring, but it really picked up when Harris was showing the city boy around near the middle of the book. I loved the effect the story had, though, to show how different life can actually be for two very different people. Plot Summary: A city boy is sent to stay at a farm for summer. When he first meets Harris, his cousin, things go very wrong. Harris is rude and finds trouble in everything he does. They wrestle pigs together and even daredevil jump out of a farm loft, something a city boy could never be able to experience on his own. They also really enjoyed watching movies, but did the city boy really enjoy his stay all that much? The city boy had finally found a spot that he wishes he could stay for his whole life. Characterization: The city boy did not even want to be dropped off at a farm. At first, he was in disgust and very shy around his family there. After a while, as his cousin Harris showed him around and kinda grinded off into the city boy, he really ended up liking it. In the end, the city boy wished he had found this place sooner not being the shy kid he had always been. The change in the city boy was amazing from not wanting anything to do with the farm to wanting to spend every summer in it. Recommended: I would recommend this Harris and Me to about anyone. I feel as if the main audience and who I would strongly recommend it to is young city boys. It would really teach a lesson in differences of how all little boys actually have life and could send them a message showing what they do not go through. This book would be nice for anyone who really wants to know what a farm boy goes through in life working on a farm.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Tobyn Brennan

    I loved this book. This might be my favorite book ever. I relate to the lifestyle of the characters. They are all fine people and remind me of my own family. My favorite part was when they played commie japs. I love how Harris calls him gooner all the time. My favorite character was Harris because of his fearlessness. I wish the main character had a name because it would have made it less confusing when writing my journal entries. Like I said this is probably my favorite book of all time. It fel I loved this book. This might be my favorite book ever. I relate to the lifestyle of the characters. They are all fine people and remind me of my own family. My favorite part was when they played commie japs. I love how Harris calls him gooner all the time. My favorite character was Harris because of his fearlessness. I wish the main character had a name because it would have made it less confusing when writing my journal entries. Like I said this is probably my favorite book of all time. It felt like it was full of emotion.

  23. 4 out of 5

    AubreeAnn

    my teacher actually read this book to us and I thought the book was super funny and hilarious .I cant even chose what my favorite part of the book is because it was all super good.I would recommend this book to pretty much anyone and anyone of any age if they want a good laugh.I really hope to see a movie of this book i think it would be really good.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Molly

    Whya 5 star rating? This is a laugh-out-loud, seriously hilarious book you will want to read over and over. With one of the funniest characters I have ever had the pleasure of reading, this story will make you want to relive your childhood! Plot Summary: "Harris and Me" by Gary Paulsen illustrates the adventurous and humorous summer of two young boys. Our 11 year old "city boy" narrator is sent to live with his second cousins on their farm for the summer. Upon arriving, he meets nine year old Harri Whya 5 star rating? This is a laugh-out-loud, seriously hilarious book you will want to read over and over. With one of the funniest characters I have ever had the pleasure of reading, this story will make you want to relive your childhood! Plot Summary: "Harris and Me" by Gary Paulsen illustrates the adventurous and humorous summer of two young boys. Our 11 year old "city boy" narrator is sent to live with his second cousins on their farm for the summer. Upon arriving, he meets nine year old Harris and the two beome fast friends. Harris teaches him everything about the farm and also about how to get into a lot of trouble! This story is full of adventure, crazy ideas, and hilarious situations that a reader of any age would love. Character Descriptions: Narrator: Our narrator is used to the city life and is undoubtedly out of place when he arrives on the Larson farm. He gets to work right away but doesn't expect the back breaking labor he ends up having to do. For most of the book, our narrator simply follows Harris' lead. He knows that pretty much everything Harris wants to do is going to end in disaster but he goes along with it anyway. It isn't until the very end where we see him start to stick up for himself a bit. While the narrator is a bit of a follower, he is also a fast learner. He picks up on the idiosyncrasies of all of his new house mates very quickly and learns the ropes on the farm too. Harris Larson: Harris is one wild kid; he loves adventure, fighting, and swearing. Very dynamic and ready for anything, you can't help but fall in love with Harris. He is extremely convincing, a great liar, and a quick thinker, which all together, is a recipe for disaster in his case. Key Issues: farm (farming), Philippines, alcoholism, drunk, friendship, family, deputy, cousins, childhood

  25. 4 out of 5

    Katelyn Loehrke

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Personal Response I overall loved this book! Once I got reading it, I could not put the book down it was so good. I like the way that the 11 year old kid describes everything through his eyes, and his thoughts, even though the adults think quite different. I also really like the cover of this book. Plot Summary The 11-year-old narrator has spent most of his life living with his relatives, being on the constant move since his own parents could not. This boy has never lived on a farm although and cou Personal Response I overall loved this book! Once I got reading it, I could not put the book down it was so good. I like the way that the 11 year old kid describes everything through his eyes, and his thoughts, even though the adults think quite different. I also really like the cover of this book. Plot Summary The 11-year-old narrator has spent most of his life living with his relatives, being on the constant move since his own parents could not. This boy has never lived on a farm although and could barely keep a job for long. One summer he is sent to spend the entire summer with his prankster extraordinaire second cousin Harris Larson, at the Larson Homestead. While living here he learns that you get up early, and eat fast. While learning how to live the country life he gets a kick in the head by Vivian the cow while trying to milk her, a commotion with an angry rooster and the Larson families pet lynx. 9-year-old Harris sends his city cousin out on assorted dares and humiliations. The two of them eventually becomes close friends as the summer is coming to an end with days mixed of tough work and rough play. The most important thing that he learned was the true meaning of home. Characterization: Throughout the story the main character changes his perspective on many topics. In the beginning of the book he is living in poverty bouncing between relatives. Recommendation I recommend this book to anyone who wants to read a very reader involved book, or who wants to just read a really good story. Anyone who is struggling through living with alcoholic parents and are forced to live with relatives is recommended to read this book. As well as to anyone who is adjusting to living on the farm and the country lifestyle. I overall give this book a rating of 5 out of 5 stars.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Madilyn Nistler

    I loved the book, but not as much as Harry Potter.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Katie Hill

    Harris and Me is a really fun, light, relatable read, and I imagine that it would be the same for my future middle grades students. There were times when I thought, I can't believe I'm still reading this, and really enjoying it! Usually when people tell me to read a YA book about two middle/below middle grade boys on a farm, I'm not dying to run out and read it. I really felt emotionally connected to Harris (he's the guy you love to hate at the beginning, then grow fond of by the end), and the n Harris and Me is a really fun, light, relatable read, and I imagine that it would be the same for my future middle grades students. There were times when I thought, I can't believe I'm still reading this, and really enjoying it! Usually when people tell me to read a YA book about two middle/below middle grade boys on a farm, I'm not dying to run out and read it. I really felt emotionally connected to Harris (he's the guy you love to hate at the beginning, then grow fond of by the end), and the narrator has a real voice to. I can say that I connected with the characters probably based on the way the book was written, not because I related to their lives. That being said, students could find that they relate with the main character, whether they have been in new uncomfortable situations, or they keep getting stuck with the "annoying kid" at school or in sports, etc. I do, however, see that pitching this book to students is key in getting them to want to pick it up and read it. The typical girl population in a middle school is probably not going to be attracted to the book just because of the cover and back page. On the first day of class two semesters ago, Dr. Wegrzyn read the first chapter of this book aloud. Using accents, inflection, and dramatic, exciting read-aloud tones, I remember being surprised at how intrigued I was. That would be a great way to get all students interested in reading this. Then, as students progress, I can really see struggling readers building confidence. I'm also really into reading aloud to students and children, so that tactic would be beneficial. Overall, great read for middle grades!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    This story is laugh outloud funny. My husband doesn't share my appreciation and love for reading so in my constant attempt to get him to enjoy reading more I read this book outloud with him and even he couldn't help but laugh at the main character and his adventures with his cousin Harris. Harris and Me is about a young boy who is about nine years old. You never get the main characters name, but the reader still has no problems relating to the character telling the story. Our young boy comes fro This story is laugh outloud funny. My husband doesn't share my appreciation and love for reading so in my constant attempt to get him to enjoy reading more I read this book outloud with him and even he couldn't help but laugh at the main character and his adventures with his cousin Harris. Harris and Me is about a young boy who is about nine years old. You never get the main characters name, but the reader still has no problems relating to the character telling the story. Our young boy comes from an unstable home life and if forced to spend the summer with his aunt and uncle out on their farm. He meets his wildly daring and funny cousin Harris who is full of "great" ideas and trouble for them to get into. I don't want to give away any of the hillarious events but you will want to keep reading. This is a great book for middle school students. Main character (Me): Comes from an unstable home because his parents are drunk. Used to living in the city and has to spend the summer out on the farm with his aunt and uncle. Harris Larson: Typical young farm kid, he's rough and tough, wild cousin, his swearing and curiuosity often get him in a lot of trouble. Glennis, Harris' sister who Slaps Harris hard across the face when he swears Knute: Harris' intimidating dad Clair: Harris' gentle mom Louie: an old guy that works in the farm and doesn't talk much but is a vacume cleaner when eating Ernie: an evil rooster who is out to kill Harris Buzzer: A lynx who only lets Louie touch him Vivain, a cow that dosent like any one near her behind and kicks HARD

  29. 5 out of 5

    Celia

    “Harris and Me” ended up being a very pleasant read for me. At first, I didn’t think I was going to like it because of the super rural setting and the clearly non modern time feel of it, but as I began to read, I got into it feeling like I was the character. I think this book could be a great tool to use in the middle school classroom. It offers a perspective that many students are not used to and the ones that are can relate to the book, which can draw them in. The perspective which I am talkin “Harris and Me” ended up being a very pleasant read for me. At first, I didn’t think I was going to like it because of the super rural setting and the clearly non modern time feel of it, but as I began to read, I got into it feeling like I was the character. I think this book could be a great tool to use in the middle school classroom. It offers a perspective that many students are not used to and the ones that are can relate to the book, which can draw them in. The perspective which I am talking about is the idea of moving around from home to home whether in the foster care system, or within their family. This book also contains good discussion prompts such as peer pressure. Because it is in first person, the reader can see what the narrator is thinking, and I think middle school students can relate to the protagonist especially because middle school students often feel pressured into things and they do them even though they don’t agree because they don’t want to be judged. I never recall finding out the narrator’s name, and I think that makes it possible for the reader to relate and almost put themselves in the shoes of the protagonist. This book is a great hilarious entertaining quick read with a lot of great discussion points, and I would more than likely utilize this book in my classroom.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Brittanyleatafoya

    Harris and Me is a story about a boy who is taken from a home with alcoholic parents and is sent to his aunt and uncle’s for the summer. His aunt, uncle and cousins live on a farm and the narrator and immediately befriends his trouble-making cousin, Harris. The story follows the narrator and Harris’ adventures during the summer and they face danger on multiple occasions. This story is very climactic and Paulsen does an excellent job writing detailed descriptions of all of the narrator and Harris Harris and Me is a story about a boy who is taken from a home with alcoholic parents and is sent to his aunt and uncle’s for the summer. His aunt, uncle and cousins live on a farm and the narrator and immediately befriends his trouble-making cousin, Harris. The story follows the narrator and Harris’ adventures during the summer and they face danger on multiple occasions. This story is very climactic and Paulsen does an excellent job writing detailed descriptions of all of the narrator and Harris’ adventures. Harris and his family are represented as the stereotypical farm family which may be a little distracting from the story but the story is still easy to follow even though it is set on a farm. There is not an over abundance of farm terminology. The story is written in first person, with the narrator being the main character in the book. The narrator’s name is not included in the story which bothered me somewhat, which may have effected my connection to the narrator, but felt more of a connection than if the narrator was an outsider in the story. Overall, I really enjoyed the book and would recommend this book for children from 4th grade to 7th or 8th grade.

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