Harris and Me

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Harris and Me
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Harris and Me first edition cover
AuthorGary Paulsen
Cover artistWendell Minor
CountryUnited States
PublisherHarcourt Children's Books
Publication date
October 29, 1993
Media typePrint (Hardback & Paperback)
Pages168 pp (first edition)
813/.54 20
LC ClassPS3566.A834 H37 1993

Harris and Me is a children's novel written by award-winning author Gary Paulsen. It was first published in 1993. The book is composed of a collection of vignettes with a subheading to preview each chapter. Based on a 2007 online poll, the National Education Association named the book one of its "Teachers' Top 100 Books for Children."[1]

Plot summary[edit]


  • The "Me" of the title is an eleven-year-old boy who narrates the story.
  • Harris Larson: A hyperactive nine-year-old boy who loves kinetic adventures.
  • Knute Larson: Harris's father, a farmer who almost never speaks. He also drinks lots of coffee.
  • Louie: A farmhand on the Larson's place, who sleeps above the barn. 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.
  • Buzzer: A lynx who was found and raised by Louie as a pet.
  • Ernie: An extremely aggressive rooster
  • Vivian: A big, female cow who doesn't like to be touched or milked.

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.



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