The West Highland Terrier that brought Harvey Comes Home to life returns with his tail wagging and his nose sharp, ready for a new adventure
Harvey the West Highland Terrier is back with his beloved Maggie. He is also back at Brayside retirement home, where he and Maggie now volunteer along with their friend Austin. There Maggie is drawn to a new resident, Mrs. Fradette, who tells stories of learning to fix cars as a twelve-year-old during the flood of 1950. Mrs. Fradette, with her bold fashion and love of poker, doesn't fit in among the beige-cardigan-wearing, bridge-playing ladies of Brayside, but she doesn't seem to care. Maybe that's why Maggie likes her so much. Since seventh grade began, Maggie hasn't been fitting in well with her friends, either.
Harvey has a problem of his own. He can smell an intruder in his yard, and he needs to find it. He is so intent on the nighttime fiend that he almost doesn't notice how worried Austin is about his grandfather, who has been Brayside's custodian for longer than Harvey has been alive. It seems like the retirement home is planning to give the job to a younger man, an injustice that Austin can't let pass unchallenged.
In intertwining perspectives, Colleen Nelson tells four stories of individuals standing firm for what they know is right: Josephine Fradette, insisting on her right to become a mechanic; Maggie, certain that her friends' expectations shouldn't define who she becomes; Austin, indignantly campaigning against ageism; and Harvey, who has found his home at last and is determined to protect it.
About the Author
Colleen Nelson is a teacher and and an award-winning YA author whose novels include Sadia, Blood Brothers, and Finding Hope. She lives in Winnipeg.
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 the illustrated novels Harvey Comes Home and Sapphire the Great and the Meaning of Life, the Halloween picture book Pumpkin Orange, Pumpkin Round, and the award-winning Nat the Cat Can Sleep Like That, among others. Tara shares a farmhouse in Tweed, Ontario, with her husband, her young daughter, and several cats.
Praise for Harvey Holds His Own
"Not a common story but eminently believable. Characters...are lovingly developed, resulting in deeply engaging coming-of-age story."--Kirkus Reviews
"Heartwarming...Harvey Holds His Own is a charming novel whose important life lessons are bettered by the love of a good dog."--Foreword Reviews