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Harvey Comes Home

4.40  ·  Rating details ·  20 ratings  ·  16 reviews
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 st
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published September 19th 2019 by Pajama Press
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Apr 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Colleen Nelson's seemingly simple narrative about a West Highland Terrier who strays from home is a balancing act of narratives that is nothing short of brilliant. I love the jigsaw of voices between Maggie, the girl who lost Harvey and Austin, the boy who found him.. Add to that, Harvey himself, propelled by scent, and Mr. Pickering's reminiscences of growing up in the prairies during the Dust Bowl.

This small novel packs a wallop of emotions. You may pick the book up because of the Westie, but
NOTE: I received an eARC via NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

Colleen Nelson has masterfully woven together a contemporary story of a beloved dog and the people whose lives he touches and a historical fiction story of a boy and his friends, family and dog during the Depression. Harvey, the sweet dog in the middle, ties everything together and makes you have all the feels.

I look forward to adding this to my elementary school libraries when it is
Jun 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: canlit-pub-2019
If you have or had a Westie, this novel is for you! Harvey is adorable, spunky and full of love for people. He doesn't always understand what the humans are saying but he senses changes in people faster than the humans do.
Harvey's human, Maggie goes away on a family holiday and the dog sitter neglects to close the gate, giving Harvey a chance to run free, hopefully to find Maggie. He is found, instead by Austin who brings him to the nursing home where he volunteers. Harvey has a particular
Maggie (Magsisreadingagain)
Thank you to Pajama Press for the ARC of this wonderful middle-grade novel, in exchange for an honest review.

The story follows Harvey, a West Highland terrier who is loved by his young owner, Maggie. When Maggie goes on holiday, Harvey tries to find her, following his nose, and becomes hopelessly lost, but is saved by Austin, a young boy volunteering at a local retirement home where his grandfather works. Harvey quickly becomes a hit with the staff and elderly residents, particularly cranky Mr.
Apr 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019-myrca
Thank you to NetGalley and Pajama Press for an eARC of this book.

I LOVED this book about a dog named Harvey who escapes from home while his owner, Maggie, is away on vacation. He is found by a young boy named Austin, near a retirement home where Austin volunteers after school. Austin quickly falls for Harvey, as do the residents at the home, including Mr. Pickering, a ninety-six year old who often confuses Harvey for his former dog, General. The story consists of Harvey in the presen
Ms. Yingling
Jul 11, 2019 rated it liked it
E ARC from Netgalley

Harvey is a Westie whose owner, Maggie and her family go on vacation. The young woman watching him doesn't check that the gate is locked, and Harvey takes off after a squirrel, getting further and further from home. We also meet Austin, who volunteers at Bayside, a retirement facility where his grandfather works. He cleans, helps his grandfather, and visits with the elderly residents. One resident, Mr. Pickering, is very grumpy. When Harvey shows up at
The cover and title of this book might lead readers to anticipate a sweet little story of a runaway dog who is desperate to make his way home. It's so much more than that, and I found myself tearing up at various points as I read this story about a smart Westie. When his human companion, Maggie, is away on a trip with her family, Harvey follows the scent and path of a squirrel out of his yard and ends up further and further away from home. Olivia, the girl who was supposed to watch him, had fail ...more
Aug 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC! This title was very cute. Switching perspectives and having some of it from Harvey, the dog, was not cheesy at all as I worried it would be. It seemed pretty realistic actually as he forces on comfort, smells, and marking his territory.
The storyline in general is sweet, there’s a nice little lesson (although lies don’t bring big consequences, the boy does see he did wrong and shows older people have a lot to share and deserve respect), and the young people in he
M.L. Little
Sep 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Who doesn’t love a Westie? I sure do and this book has all the charm of one. When curious Harvey gets away from a petsitter, he finds himself far from home and in the care of a boy named Austin whose grandfather runs a retirement home. Harvey moves right in among the residents, bringing grumpy Mr. Pickering out of his shell and teaching Austin a thing or two about people.
The stor
Sylvia McNicoll
Aug 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Michelle Kadarusman
May 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I fell in love with little Westie, Harvey, on the first page. But this is so much more than a simple story for dog lovers. Colleen Nelson has deftly woven multiple narratives and time periods, and delivered an emotionally taut, compassionately drawn, tale of loss, loyalty and inter-generational friendships. I was fascinated to spend time on the Pickering farm and learn about the Dustbowl years on the Canadian prairies. An added bonus was to read of the origins and author's connection to the hist ...more
Oct 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: juvenile-fiction
Wonderful historical fiction story based on the author's grandpa and dog. This book is about so much more than just a dog. I expected it to be a book about a lost dog that has a happy ending. Instead this book deals with so many subjects like the dust bowl, growing up on the praire, memory loss, death, and friendship. Hard book to put down. I highly recommend it.
Aug 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved it! Sweet precious love of a pet, the ability to read other's emotions, and the relationships that last a lifetime - whether real or in our heads. Made me laugh, cry, and wish things could have been better. Great for middle age readers.
Sep 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Really good book with interwoven story lines. I am sorry to say that the ending totally jumped the shark. There is a sequel being written. Here's hoping it ties up some carelessly neglected ends.
Oct 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Ummm...thanks for making me cry!!
Oct 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: jfic, dust-bowl
I couldn't resist the cover on this one and the story was just as cute.
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Colleen Nelson is the author of YA fiction books Finding Hope (2016), 250 Hours (2015), The Fall (2013) and Tori by Design (2011). 'The Fall' and 'Tori by Design' both won the McNally Robinson Book of the Year Award. 'The Fall' was also nominated for the White Pine Award. Currently living in Winnipeg with her husband, two young sons and three grown step-children, Colleen manages to eke out time to ...more