Harvey Holds His Own

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Harvey Holds His Own

By Colleen Nelson
Illustrated by Tara Anderson
Juvenile Fiction Ages 9–12
ISBN: 978-1-77278-114-4
List Price: $22.95 CAD / $18.95 USD
Hardcover with dust jacket & reinforced trade binding
Trim size: 5.5 x 8 / 13.97 x 20.32 cm
Pages: 288

Publication date: August 11, 2020

Distributed in the U.S. by Ingram Publisher Services

Rights Available: World ex. North America

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, hero of Harvey Comes Home, 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 sto-ries 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.

Always alert for anything new—and with a nose that never misses a new scent—Harvey follows his instincts on a walk with Austin and discovers an abandoned newborn puppy in a pile of trash. Austin’s heart almost breaks over the little puppy’s plight, so he takes her to safety. Maggie and the Brayside residents and staff praise Harvey’s heroic efforts, wishing that Austin could have his own dog. But the little puppy will need time to recover from her trauma before she can be adopted, and then there’s another, even bigger obstacle: Austin’s mom, who says no to pets.

As fall edges toward winter, Harvey picks up an unfriendly scent in his backyard, and he will stop at nothing to keep Maggie and the others safe. But sometimes the little Westie is just too brave for his own good.

Award-winning author Colleen Nelson and illustrator Tara Anderson have teamed up again to deliver another satisfying story of heart and perseverance with one incredible little dog.

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Reviews:
“With the winning combination of a relatable main character and an adorable dog, this book should find a home with readers seeking a warmhearted tale of growth and connection.”—School Library Journal

“Not a common story but eminently believable. Characters…are lovingly developed, resulting in a 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

“In a gently paced and heartfelt way, Nelson juggles three separate but intersecting story trajectories… Fans of the original and newcomers alike will relish the riveting friendship story contained within the pages of Harvey Holds His Own. Highly Recommended.”—CM Magazine

“Colleen Nelson’s touching and wonderfully layered sequel, Harvey Holds His Own, tells a story of change, connection, and courage….Along with delightful, expertly shaded illustrations by Tara Anderson, Harvey Holds His Own is a heartfelt and wholly enjoyable read that will leave you with the warmest of feelings.”—Band of MG Books

“I really enjoyed this book, as we see Maggie grow and venture into new experiences. She shows good character, and we learn a little about Winnipeg history as well.”—Canadian Bookworm