Evie and the Animals

by Matt Haig

On Sale: 08/25/2020

Evie and the Animals

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Evie and the Animals

by Matt Haig

illustrated by Emily Gravett

On Sale: 08/25/2020


About the Book

Dare to be you!

Evie is a girl with a special talent: she can talk to animals and hear their thoughts. But when she rescues the school rabbit and sets her free from her too-small cage, Evie lands in big trouble. She promises her dad that she'll never talk to animals again. And for a whole year, Evie ignores them all. She doesn't chat to the birds and dogs. She even ignores a little ginger tabby cat who meows “Help me! Help me!"

But when missing posters for cats, dogs, hamsters and tortoises appear outside school, Evie is determined to find the animals using her magical gift. With the help of Granny Flora, she must discover who is behind the disappearances. Can Evie save the pets before it's too late—even if it means the most frightening thing of all, daring to be herself?

Featuring illustrations by the award-winning Emily Gravett, this is a story about growing up, fitting in and listening closely to our furry friends that will capture the hearts of animal lovers everywhere.

Critical Praise

“This clever, gloriously entertaining and contemporary take on classics like Dr. Dolittle and Matilda sees Haig on his best storytelling form.” — Press Association

“[A] cracking adventure.” — The Times (UK)

“A fine balance of peril and poignancy . . . Haig is a deeply engaging writer. This book will appeal to a wide range of readers.” — The Daily Telegraph

“Charged with warmth and joie de vivre.” — Sunday Times (London)

“Matt Haig’s exhilarating story has its fair share of thrills and spills but also plenty of important points to make about the interconnectedness of the natural world, environmental degradation, and humankind’s mistreatment of animals.” — Financial Times

“The characters – both human and animal – sing with life.” — Irish Times

“There are many environmental messages in this touching tale, which reinforces the importance of being true to yourself.” — Daily Mail (UK)

“An adventure for nature lovers.” — Sunday Express (London)

“A captivating and sensitive story.” — New Statesman, Best Children’s Books for Summer

“Exciting and enticing.” — NB Magazine


Product Details

  • ISBN: 9781443460057
  • ISBN 10: 1443460052
  • Imprint: HarperCollins
  • On Sale: 08/25/2020
  • Pages: 256
  • List Price:17.50 CAD
  • Ages: 8 to 12
  • BISAC1 : JUVENILE FICTION / Animals / General
  • BISAC2 : JUVENILE FICTION / Nature & the Natural World / Environment
  • BISAC3 : JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes / General (see also headings under Family)

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