Harris and Me

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Harris and Me is a story, told in the first person, about a boy whose alcoholic parents send him away to spend each summer with family relatives. One summer he is sent to stay with the Larsons, farmers in a remote area of Minnesota. The story focuses around the humorous events of a city boy learning to live on a farm with Harris.

According to the author, Gary Paulsen, this story is based on his own life. Characters

The "Me" of the title is an eleven-year-old boy who narrates the story. His name is never mentioned, but it is Gary Paulsen himself.

Harris Larson: A hyperactive nine-year-old boy who loves kinetic adventures.

Knute Larson: Harris's father, a farmer who almost never speaks.

Louie: A farmhand on the Larson's place. He sleeps above the barn and has a pet lynx named Buzzer. He has no teeth and swallows his food without chewing.

Glennis Larson: Harris's older sister, who repeatedly slaps Harris for swearing, which happens numerous times a day.

Clair Larson: Harris's mother.

Note: This is a memoir of a summer in the life of Gary Paulsen. It is said that he never went back to visit Harris. Motifs

Home life


↑ National Education Association (2007). "Teachers' Top 100 Books for Children". Retrieved August 19, 2012.

Juliane F. Gillispie and Robert M. Otten. Harris and Me: A Summer Remembered: For Further Reference. Beacham's Guide to Literature for Young Adults. Ed. Kirk H. Beetz. Vol 7. Beacham-Gale, 1990. January 2005. 26 June 2008. Nile, Amber. Harris and Me. Secondary English. 19 June 2008. Paulsen, Gary. Harris and Me. Orlando: Harcourt, Inc., 1993.

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