Everything you need to understand or teach Harris and Me by Gary Paulsen.
Like The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and many other novels for adolescents, Harris and Me is a book about a special summer. It is rich in autobiographical overtones of Paulsen's own youth when problems with his alcoholic parents sent him at various times to stay with relatives. Me, the unnamed elevenyear-old narrator of the story, finds himself living on the isolated Larson farm far from the friendly town he is used to. The one person near his age and his constant companion for the summer is second cousin Harris, a Tom Sawyer-like nine-year-old, whose initial taunt, "Man, you don't know nothing, do you?" sets the stage for numerous comic adventures.
Quickly the narrator discovers that Harris is a relentless, restless instructor in the chores and games of farm life.
Whether it is milking, playing soldiers in a pen of pigs, or trying to get a fair share of...