Harris and Me

A Summer Remembered
Narrated by: Barbara Caruso
Length: 3 hrs and 45 mins
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Publisher's Summary

“I’m 11-years-old, from the city, and my parents are mean alcoholics. One day the deputy takes me away to live with some distant relatives on their sprawling farm in the country. At the Larsen farm, I meet my Uncle Knute and Aunt Clair and their two children, Glennis and her wild brother Harris. I also meet Louie, the crusty old guy who works as a farmhand and steals all the pancakes at breakfast. Harris introduces me to life on the farm, and it proves to be a rude awakening. From getting up before dawn to be kicked in the groin by a cow, to wrestling in the mud with slimy pigs, this is turning out to be quite the experience. Best-selling author Gary Paulsen is acclaimed for his many novels for young adults. This rollicking tale set just after WWII features action and laughs galore, and is sure to appeal to even the most reluctant readers.

©1993 Gary Paulsen (P)2007 Recorded Books

Critic Reviews

“A hearty helping of old-fashioned, rip-roaring entertainment.” ( Publishers Weekly)
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The Miracle Elixir (If laughter is best med)

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Oh YES!!! I grew up in small-town Utah, and while we weren't as wild as Harris, the environment and some adventures were very familiar. It is a fun read that so many can relate to from their youth. It is a fun and purely realistic and hilarious listen. Please, please buy and listen to (or buy and read) this book. I want everyone to enjoy this. I initially came across it after it was passed around the entire extended family on my wife's side, with all of us who read it spending most of the read laughing out loud and with tears rolling down our faces. This is a MUST LISTEN!! You will be happy when you are done (and all the way through).

Who was your favorite character and why?

Harris!! (Buzzer was a close second)

Which character – as performed by Barbara Caruso – was your favorite?

Harris

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, and you can as it is only about 4 hours long.

Any additional comments?

Just listen. I am not trying to sell this for Gary Paulson, I just want everyone to enjoy this. It is so much fun to envision the hilarious antics of these two young boys in small mid-west USA in the 1950's.

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Teenage city boy sent to a farm

Just read the publisher's summary because it set up the story perfectly. I did not find the book as funny as most other reviewers, but it is a good story. This novel was written for 10 - 12 year old boys.

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In stitches start to finish.

Paulson delivered once again. My children and I laughed all the way through. Some minor swearing. Probably best for children older than twelve.

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One of my favorites

I read this book while I was in elementary school and still loved it now when I'm 25. One of my favorite short book which keeps you laughing the whole time. Parents be advised there is mild cursing, but it's pretty mellow for today's standards

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I loved it

I love this book. read it when I was a kid and everything I remembered was just as great as before.

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A Must Read

This is Gary Paulsen at his best. The humor and excitement will encourage even the struggling teen reader.

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Harris and Me

This book was such a good book! In my opinion it is better than Hatchet. I don’t think there is one thing I disliked about it!! I would recommend this book to a boy named Gunner Lubhusen.

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Our family LOVES this book.

So funny and entertaining! excellent for long drives. best for older kids and adults. a family favorite

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Harris & Gary take us back to our childhood!

Great book for all...wish ending was different however we all have to grow up and move on...

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classic boyhood shenanigans beautifully portrayed

this story is a wonderfully nostalgic walk down the mischievous path of adolescent virginity boys. the dynamic between boys is real and well told. i loved it.