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Harvey Comes Home

by Colleen Nelson, illustrated by Tara Anderson

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dogs, post-confederation (1867-), adolescence
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Description

An adventurous West Highland Terrier follows his nose a little too far from home and becomes desperate for a helping hand. But when he’s taken in by a young boy volunteering at a retirement home, it just might be Harvey who does the helping.

A dog’s world is a world of scents, of adventure. When a runaway West Highland Terrier named Harvey wanders out of his old life guided only by his nose and his heart, lives begin to converge.

Austin, a young volunteer at Brayside retirement home, quickly finds that the audacious Harvey inspires Mr. Pickering, a bitter resident coping with memory loss, to tell stories of his childhood. Moved by the elderly man’s Dust Bowl recollections of grinding poverty and the perseverance of his friends and family, Austin begins to trade his preconceived notions for empathy. But is it enough to give him the resolve to track down Harvey’s original owner?

Supported by striking illustrations from acclaimed artist Tara Anderson, award-winning author Colleen Nelson immerses readers in a rich and unflinchingly human tale of struggle and hope—all inspired by one curious dog.

 

About the Authors

Colleen Nelson

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Tara Anderson

A folk artist and award-winning illustrator who trained at the Ontario College of Art and Design, Tara Anderson is known for her lively and humorous illustrations of animals. Her books include That Stripy Cat, Rhino Rumpus, and the award-winning Nat the Cat Can Sleep Like That. Tara shares a farmhouse in Tweed, Ontario, with her husband, her young daughter, and several cats.

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
Age:
9 to 12
Grade:
4 to 8
Awards
  • Commended, Bank Street Best Books selection
  • Commended, 2019 Kirkus Reviews "30 Most Anticipated Middle-Grade Books for Fall" selection
  • Winner, Northern Lights Book Award: Pre-Teen Fiction category

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No Worries for Dog Lovers

You might be surprised how many kids read the ending first because they can't take too much tension--I was and am that kid and have surveyed many of my young readers to find out they are too. So I took great solace in the title which indicates no harm comes to Harvey, the spunky and loving Westie. With very cute illustrations by Tara Anderson and a stunning in-time-for-Christmas red hard cover design by Rebecca Bender, this would make a great read aloud for 8-100 year olds or an independent read for the 9-11 year old animal lover.

The three narrative strands of dog, owner and finder of the lost Westie--combine to give a perspective of the value of seniors and their stories as well as the value of all-accepting pets who inspire self esteem and foster intergenerational friendships.

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