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Harvey Angel

Harvey Angel

by Diana Hendry
     
 
Orphan Henry's stingy Aunt Agatha likes her boarders short, to fit in the tiny attic space she rents out, and small, so they won't eat more than two slices of toast in the morning. When Harvey Angell moves in, he fits the bill perfectly. He's small, and best of all, he never eats breakfast.

Harvey Angell brightens up Henry's life like a supercharged thunderbolt.

Overview

Orphan Henry's stingy Aunt Agatha likes her boarders short, to fit in the tiny attic space she rents out, and small, so they won't eat more than two slices of toast in the morning. When Harvey Angell moves in, he fits the bill perfectly. He's small, and best of all, he never eats breakfast.

Harvey Angell brightens up Henry's life like a supercharged thunderbolt. But despite his Connecting Kit and claim to be researching energy fields, Henry is sure Harvey's no ordinary electrician. He's up to something. And Henry's right. Because Harvey has special plans for Henry's household. Very special indeed.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
There's something about Harvey Angell. And young orphan Henry is on his way to finding out what that something is, in British author Hendry's Whitbread-winning novel, the first in a trilogy. When Harvey rents the attic room at 131 Ballantyre RoadDhome to Henry and his decidedly crabby and emotionally closed Aunt AgathaDHarvey pretty much turns everything upside down. He charms the other boarders and even Aunt Agatha with his good manners, beaming smile and fine flute playing. But much mystery surrounds him, especially his job, working with "circuits" and "connections" and "energy fields." Before long, Henry discovers that Harvey's connections have nothing to do with electricity but, rather, connecting the energy of the living with that of their deceased loved ones. As her characters blossom through the power of music, poetry and kindness, Hendry strikes several strong emotional notes, but never gets maudlin. Her imagery creates lyrical pictures ("The plumpness, the prettiness, the gentleness and happiness had dropped off her like leaves at the end of summer and left her gaunt and stark as a winter tree," Henry thinks, when comparing his aunt today with photos of her as a bride and young mother). Although a bit of the spirit of Harry Potter bubbles up now and again, this swift-moving story stands apart as an entertaining, thought-provoking read for fans of whimsical fantasy. Ages 8-up. (Dec.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Children's Literature
Charged with mystery and a touch of the supernatural, this story explores connections electrical and otherwise. Young Henry is an orphan who lives in a dingy boardinghouse with his disagreeable Aunt Agatha. Music, poetry and art, or too much of any kind of joy, are a waste of time to her, and she makes sure that Henry and the boarders, an unusual cast of characters, do not waste any time. However, Harvey Angell, an exceptional kind of electrician with a beaming smile, rents the attic room and the atmosphere in the house suddenly becomes charged with laughter and music and punctuated by Harvey's exclamations of, "Watts, Volts and Thunderbolts." Henry, intrigued by the mysterious new boarder and curious about the odd assortment of machinery and tools in Harvey's attic room, decides to investigate. As he begins to solve the mystery of Harvey, he also uncovers the mysterious connections that he has with his great-grandmother, his aunt and his own mother. Harvey Angell brings an energy to the boardinghouse that bonds the isolated boarders into a family and changes the once cold and dark house into a warm home filled with love, laughter, music and friendship. This book earned the Whitbread Children's Book of the Year Award and is the first in a trilogy featuring Harvey Angell. 2001 (orig. 1991), Aladdin/Simon & Schuster, $4.99. Ages 9 to 12. Reviewer: Pamela Jewett
VOYA
Henry is an orphan living in his Aunt Agatha's unhappy boarding house. Henry and the elderly tenants suffer under the cruelty of Aunt Agatha's withering looks and miserly ways. She serves only two slices of thin toast and weak tea for breakfast and keeps everything locked up, including the cabinets, refrigerator, piano, and especially her heart. She will consider only a boarder who measures less than 1.6 meters tall and weighs less than 126 pounds to squeeze into the tiny attic room with its sloping ceiling. Although Harvey Angell is young and cheerful, Aunt Agatha agrees to let him move in because he also is small, rises early, and does not eat breakfast. He claims to be a kind of electrician researching energy fields. Fascinated, Henry follows Harvey to a graveyard early one morning and soon discovers the secret of Harvey's connecting kit. With Henry's help and a song from the past, Harvey Angell reconnects all of the boarders at 131 Ballantyre Road with their ancestors. Suddenly the house is unlocked and full of light, love, music, and the smell of apple blossoms. Aunt Agatha is as cruel as any of Roald Dahl's adult characters, but readers learn that it was the great sorrow of losing her son at the age of four to leukemia that made her disconnect. With the help of Harvey Angell and her young nephew, she springs back to life and removes the locks. This bittersweet and funny story is filled with quirky characters, a hint of magic, and a delightfully happy ending. VOYA CODES: 4Q 4P M J (Better than most, marred only by occasional lapses; Broad general YA appeal; Middle School, defined as grades 6 to 8; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9). 2001, Simon & Schuster, 160p,
— LoisParker-Hennion
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 4-6-Harvey Angell, a 20th-century version of Mary Poppins, descends upon a loveless home in which an orphaned lad named Henry lives with his stingy Aunt Agatha and a group of unhappy boarders. By harnessing the energy in the house (using his Connecting Kit), Harvey Angell strives to bring life back to the residence and its inhabitants. Henry suspects that the newcomer is no ordinary man and soon becomes Harvey's accomplice in the efforts to make 131 Ballantyre Road a "proper home." This novel, a delicious mixture of mystery and fantasy, is fast paced and the language is delightfully expressive. Readers will feel the characters' despair slowly drain away as the novel progresses. The poignant plot will have young readers empathizing with all of these unhappy souls and cheering when Harvey accomplishes his mission. This enjoyable story has something for everyone.-Robyn Ryan Vandenbroek, Elgin Court Public School, St. Thomas, Ontario, Canada Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9789681647186
Publisher:
Fondo de Cultura Economica USA
Publication date:
06/28/1995
Series:
A La Orilla Del Viento
Edition description:
Spanish-language Edition
Pages:
160
Age Range:
8 Years

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