Harvey and the Collection of Impossible Things (Hardcover)
The One and Only Ivan meets Pax in this charming illustrated middle grade novel about one stray cat's search for shelter, acceptance, and courage.
If you're reading this, I don't trust you.
You see, humans are sometimes kind to me. Some sweet ladies say hi to anyone they meet on the street. One human always saved me bakery treats.
But just as often, humans are not kind to those like me—stray cats. Many people think I'm dirty (which I am not). Some think I'm a nuisance, to be kicked or played with.
My mother taught me to be cautious, thoughtful, and kind. I am good at those things.
But she also taught me to be brave. And that's something I needed a lot of help with.
If you're gentle and you don't move too quickly, I'll tell you about it. How I met Danielle. How three sparrows showed me the way. How Chester changed my life. And how I became brave.
Are you ready?
For city strays, life on the streets can be unforgiving. When every day is filled with territorial animals, fast-moving traffic, and aggressive boys with sticks, it takes more than a little courage to get by. Harvey, a stray cat struggling to survive, is searching for a home of his own—one that's safe and dry, with a view of the sky. But when the unexpected kindness of one woman saves him from the harsh city elements, he is forced to rethink what makes a home and who, if anyone, he can depend on. With the sage advice of Chester the dog and three talkative sparrows, Harvey will learn that trusting and helping others are some of the bravest things you can do.
PURRENNIAL MESSAGE: A story about being brave and learning to trust others is always relevant to a kid's experience. Particularly in the current cultural moment, when social anxiety and technology-induced loneliness are on the rise, this book shows young readers how being brave, making connections, and allowing oneself to be vulnerable can lead to an enriched life.
FOR CAT LOVERS: Harvey's point of view has all the unique but recognizable characteristics of these adorable house pets, but still manages to provide refreshing alternatives to the stereotypes we typically ascribe to them. Infused with humor and emotion, this is a book that a variety of readers, cat lovers or not, can appreciate.
WRITING THAT SOARS: The classic, winning voice of this book makes it perfect for a gentle introduction to different perspectives.
BELOVED AUTHOR: Garret Weyr's middle grade novel The Language of Spells won a California Book Award in 2018. She is also a Michael L. Printz winner for her book My Heartbeat. A constant source of innovation and playfulness, she's a favorite author of books for children.
• Fans of Katherine Applegate
• Fans of the Warriors series
• Young readers who love adventures that are exciting but not scary
About the Author
Garret Weyr is the author of six novels, some of which have been banned, translated into a multitude of languages, and/or included in college curricula. She grew up in New York City and has an MFA from New York University. She now lives in Venice, California, with lots of books and too many teacups.
Minnie Phan is an illustrator based in Oakland, California. She is passionate about storytelling and inclusive image making. With a unique focus on diversity, her work ranges from editorial illustrations to comics, animation, and posters. When she isn't illustrating, she teaches Bay Area youth how to create comics; plays with her adopted bunny, Momo; and advocates for safer streets for bicyclists—and cats.
“[B]riskly paced and charming . . . [Harvey and the Collection of Impossible Things is] a tale full of heart . . .”-Kirkus Reviews
“Harvey and the Collection of Impossible Things is a reminder that while being brave is admirable and a worthwhile goal, it doesn’t mean we should close ourselves off to trusting for others, human or otherwise. The book takes us through the journey of a little street cat in a big city whose struggle to survive mirrors that of so many homeless animals. Through his eyes, we understand that toughness doesn’t have to tamp down kindness for others or yourself, and that we all, no matter human or animal, have a story worthy of being heard.” -Tricia Helfer, actor and animal advocate
“Sweet line illustrations let readers glimpse the warmth of Harvey's roof refuge, as well as his world. . . . A satisfying read for fans of fiction narrated by sympathetic animals-and of course, cat lovers.”-Booklist