Haven: A Small Cat’s Big Adventure

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When her cherished Ma Millie falls ill, a timid housecat ventures into the wild to seek help in this adventure about love, loss, and finding the truest version of ourselves.

A warm, cozy lap. The toasty smell of baking bread. Tasty food served in a bright-blue bowl. These make Haven’s life as an indoor pet heaven. All thanks to her beloved human and rescuer, Ma Millie. But when Ma Millie becomes too sick to care for her, the cat’s cozy life is turned upside down, and Haven decides she must seek out another human for help. Anything for Ma Millie! Her vow pulls her out of her safe nest into the shadowy forest and down unfamiliar and dangerous roads. When her first plan fails, Haven meets a wilderness-savvy fox who volunteers as an ally, and their perilous journey together brings some victories. But Haven finds herself pitted against creatures far wilder than she ever could be, testing her strength and spirit to their limits. Will her loyalty to Ma Millie—and her newfound confidence in herself—be enough to help Haven see the quest through to its conclusion? Can she stand up against the fierce predator that is tracking her every move?

Also available as an audiobook!


“A sweet, sincere tale of self-discovery.”
—Kirkus Reviews

“An immediately absorbing drama. . . Evocative descriptions of cozy cottages and the vast wilderness are terrifically transporting, and the ever-present bobcat danger will keep readers turning pages. . . a proper adventure story that proves that the biggest, bravest hearts can reside in the smallest bodies.”

“An indoor cat with an urgent mission and an adventure-loving wild fox team up in this full-hearted, earnestly voiced quest. . . . Lloyd (Allergic) writes a simply plotted, character-driven, nature-grounded adventure for fans of Pax and the Warriors series.”
—Publishers Weekly

“Sweetly unexpected” and “an engaging adventure.”
–The Wall Street Journal

“An absorbing tale that is as much about loyalty and love as it is about adventure and peril.”
–Shelf Awareness

Awards, Lists, and Such

A Junior Library Guild Gold Standard Selection

Chicago Public Library Best of the Best Books 2022

2023-2024 Texas Bluebonnet Award Master List

2023 Kansas NEA Reading Circle Recommended Title

Book Credits

Author: Megan Wagner Lloyd
Editor: Mary Lee Donovan
Editorial assistant: Analía Cabello
Cover illustrator: Suzie Mason
Publisher: Candlewick Press