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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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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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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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too much cussing

too much cussing which is not needed for the story. a 9 year old boy cussing all the time is not cute.

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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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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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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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Sad ending made my cry😭🙂😇😍

It is awesome👍 it did make me cry tho at the very end.I love it!

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Best Book Ever!!

My kids are all grown up but I remember my oldest daughter bringing this book home several times and always reading it aloud to her brother and sister. They absolutely loved this book and now I see why...I have listened to Harris and Me many times will continue to listen to it again and again. It is the perfect book for anyone any age that enjoys a good laugh over innocent mischief.

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Worth every word.

This story is simple and phenomenal, it makes one feel the magic of being 10 again! The story of two boys, finding the trouble that awaits them on a farm, armed only with their imaginations and friendship.
I don’t even read fiction, but this was recommended by a good friend, I am really glad to have experienced the story. Thanks Royce.

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An all-time great

I've read this book (the paperback) probably 6 times to my 4 boys. We have adored this book! Harris's antics, their adventures, the subtle teaching of the importance of hard work and simplicity in life, and the soulfullness of the story are some of the reasons it's an all-time classic in our family. And the funny fact that we never learn the narrator's name! We have loved many of Paulson's books. He is a fantastic author. I was nervous to hear it on Audible as I take pride (perhaps more than is warranted :-)) in my acting skills and in capturing Harris' personality. But this narrator literally could not have possibly been better in my view. They NAILED everyone's accents and characters IMHO, especially Harris, about whom I was most concerned. Absolutely LOVED everything about the story and the way it was captured in this format!