Reading For Sanity : A Book Review Blog: Harris and Me - Gary PaulsenPost a Comment. Summary: A young city boy is sent to spend the summer on his aunt and uncle's farm. Though he has lived many places over the years, he has never experienced anything like farm life. If the two of them can survive wrestling three-hundred-pound pigs and mouse-hunting with toothless old Louie's fire-spitting pet lynx--which, unlike his master, has plenty of teeth--they just might make it through the summer! Picture from writingfix.
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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. He has to stay with relatives sometimes during the summer because of his alcoholic parents. Even though he is isolated on the farm, Paulsen allows him a companion, Harris, his second cousin.
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Thank 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.