Harris and Me: A Summer Remembered | The Book Reviews - WebsiteThank you! As the boy explains, he's 11 years old that early's summer when a deputy sheriff dumps him with distant relatives on a north country farm--one in a long succession of makeshifts arranged in lieu of the parents who drink Four Roses neat from jelly jars and are "pretty much mean whenever they [are] conscious. In Harris's charge, the boy learns, the hard way, to avoid the cow with a brutal kick and the mouse-devouring "cat" that's actually a lynx. Ignored by their busy elders, Harris's imagination regularly gets the two into freewheeling "trouble" as dangerous as it is hilarious--trouble involving the two giant horses, or a runaway bike fitted with Harris's mother's gasoline washing-machine motor. By summer's end, the boy has learned to match Harris's wild pranks he challenges Harris to urinate on an electric fence, with the expected result and has fathomed the true humanity of the characters he so vividly and comically describes the hired man gulping pancakes, syrup in his beard, is unforgettable. Just when he and the Larsons begin to regard each other as family, the boy is wrenched away.
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Depending on the study guide provider SparkNotes, Shmoop, etc. Gary Paulsen's work 'Harris and Me: A Summer Remembered' is a book about a summer the narrator has while living on the family farm. Paulsen's book has an autobiographical element as he inserts some references to characters that have connections to his real life. Paulsen calls the narrator 'Me' in the story. He is eleven years old, unnamed, and isolated.
Harris and Me A Summer Remembered
Paulsen, Gary May 17, - Author www. Gale Group, Reproduced in Biography Resource Center. Farmington Hills, Mich. A prolific writer in several genres, Gary Paulsen is acclaimed as the author of powerful young adult fiction.
Harris and Me. The story begins with the boy, whose name we never learn, being dropped off at the Larsons, distant relatives he barely knows. Harris, from the title, is a nine year old cousin who is never without a scheme for an adventure. At first glance I thought this seemed to be a different type of Gary Paulson book, but there is definitely a survival element here. The boy is from the city and the Larsons live in the country. Paulson builds the relationship between the two boys slowly and in a very real way. I found myself alternately chuckling about the latest plan Harris had dreamed up and worrying if the boys were going to survive it.
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