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``A hearty helping of old-fashioned, rip-roaring entertainment,'' said PW about this post-WWII story of an 11-year-old boy sent to spend the summer on his relatives' farm. Ages 8-12. (May)
Gr 5-8-At 11, the unnamed narrator has already been shipped between numerous relatives to protect him from his parents who are "mean drunks." When he is finally left with some distant relatives on a secluded farm, he has no idea what is waiting for him in the form of his reckless, crude, trouble-making younger cousin Harris. The boy is soon caught up in his cousin's wild schemesAfrom wrestling 300 pound pigs to taking on a boy-kicking cow named Vivian to trying to motorize a bicycle, and much more. There is plenty of profanity in these pages and a nasty incident is included in which the narrator challenges Harris to urinate on an electric fence with painful results. For those not put-off but such things, there is loads of humor here and a great story about the joy of finding a place to belong. Narrator Steven Boyer does an excellent job of capturing the humor in the novel by Gary Paulsen (Yearling Books, 1995), providing the boys with distinct voices that perfectly capture their personalities.-Deanna Romriell, Salt Lake City Public Library, UT Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.
"Truly one of Paulsen's best."--Booklist (starred review) "Readers will experience hearts as large as farmers' appetites, humor as broad as the country landscape and adventures as wild as boyhood imaginations." --Publishers Weekly