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Harris and Me by Gary Paulsen
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Apr 11, 2009

really liked it
Read in April, 2009

Paulsen creates a realistic voice for his unnamed protagonist and his mischievous cousin, Harris. Because his parents are mean drunks, the main character is shipped off to various distant family members to stay for periods of time. This summer, he goes out to a farm in the middle of nowhere to stay with Knute and Clair, and their children Glennis and Harris. Besides working very hard on their farm, the family takes trips to "town" for dancing and a movie (the same Gene Autry film played over and over and over again) and comes up with their own forms of entertainment. Harris's imagination is a wonderful and terrible thing, which provides endless amusement and trouble for the two boys. Their antics made me laugh out loud on public transportation more than a few times, and the connection the country family developed with their city cousin was heartwarming.

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