Evie and the Animals

Matt Haig

The reason Evie was special is that she had an Ability. The Ability had a capital A because it was a very important ability. She could communicate with animals.
Evie and the Animals by Matt Haig (Hardback ISBN 9781786894281) book cover

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A brilliant new chapter book for children, from number one bestselling author Matt Haig and featuring illustrations throughout by the award-winning Emily Gravett

Eleven-year-old Evie has a talent. A SUPERTALENT.

A talent that can let her HEAR the thoughts of an elephant, and make friends with a dog and a sparrow.

The only problem is, this talent is dangerous. VERY dangerous. That’s what her dad says.

So when she frees the school rabbit from its tiny hutch, she vows to keep her talent a secret. But after a face-to-face encounter with a lion, things start to go very wrong. Her dad – and every animal in town – is now in danger. Evie is determined to save them. And to find the truth of her own past. To do that she must battle a mysterious man with a talent more powerful than any other.

As time runs out, she must seek help from the animals, and finally DARE TO BE HERSELF …


“This highly edible story of a girl who wants to save the planet, with beautiful pictures by Emily Gravett, is most timely and will go down well with fans of Greta Thunberg … [A] cracking adventure”
the Times, Children’s Book Of The Week

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“Teaches children not to worry about fitting in … A suspenseful thriller, with a fine balance of peril and poignancy … Haig is a deeply engaging writer. This book will appeal to a wide range of readers – not just those who worry about fitting in”
daily Telegraph

“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

“There are many environmental messages in this touching tale, which reinforces the importance of being true to yourself”
daily Mail

“An adventure for nature lovers”
sunday Express


Matt Haig

As well as being a number one bestselling writer for adults, Matt Haig has won the Blue Peter Book Award, the Smarties Book Prize and been nominated three times for the Carnegie Medal for his stories for children and young adults. He has sold more than a million books in the UK and his work has been translated into over forty languages. In 2018, The Truth Pixie was a Sunday Times children’s bestseller.

Emily Gravett is an award-winning writer and illustrator. She won her first CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal with the picture book Wolves and received the award for a second time with Little Mouse’s Big Book of Fears. Emily lives in Brighton with her family and their two dogs.