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Everything on a Waffle

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Primrose Squarp simply knows her parents did not perish at sea during a terrible storm, but try convincing the other residents of Coal Harbour on that score. For all practical purposes, at least for the time being, Primrose is an orphan, and theres no great clamoring of prospective adopters. After realizing the impracticality of continuing to pay Miss Perfidy (a mothball-scented elderly lady) an hourly wage to baby-sit her, the town council is able to locate a relative, Uncle Jack, who reluctantly takes Primrose into his care. Primrose does warm up to living with him and in his home, despite the eerie noises resembling a hockey game that haunt her in the night. But true sanctuary can always be found at a restaurant called The Girl in the Swing, where everything—including lasagna—is served on a waffle, and where the proprietor, Miss Bowzer, offers a willing ear, as well as sage advice. Through a mixture of eccentric humor and probing philosophy, author Polly Horvath makes Primroses search for peace and understanding a most memorable one.
 
Everything on a Waffle is a 2001 Boston Globe - Horn Book Award Honor Book for Fiction and Poetry and a 2002 Newbery Honor Book.

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This Newbery Honor Book tells the story of 11 -year-old Primrose, who lives in a small fishing village in British Columbia. She recounts her experiences and all she learns about human nature and the unpredictability of life after her parents are lost at sea.

Synopsis:

Havent you ever just known something deep in your heart without reason?

About the Author

Polly Horvath is the author of many children’s books, including The Canning Season, winner of the National Book Award, and The Pepins and Their Problems, published by Square Fish in Winter 2008. Her newest book, The Corps of the Bare-Boned Plane, was published in Fall 2007 by FSG. She lives in Victoria, British Columbia.

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the bookish mama, July 9, 2012 (view all comments by the bookish mama)
Everything on a Waffle is one of my favorite middle grade reads. I didn't expect to fall in love with the way I did when I first read it several years ago. It is definitely a great read for both young kids and adults as well.

Polly Horvath has a way of making what could have been a really sad story into a very light, touching story about a girl who never gives up hope that her parents (who are lost at sea) are still alive. Primrose has to live with her Uncle, a reluctant caretaker and an awful one at that. A series of accidents happen to her that seem ridiculous at times considering what she has already gone through, but you root for her. Despite all odds, you hold onto the hope in Primrose's heart along with her and find yourself believing in what she believes in - that her parents are still alive. Horvath holds you all the way to the very end before giving any answers.

I loved Miss Bowzer's character and wish I could eat at her restaurant, "The Girl on the Red Swing." I do enjoy waffles and might be even brave enough to try something other than butter and maple syrup on then especially if they're made by Miss Bowzer!

Food + books = wonderful recipe for an enjoyable read! I love that each chapter ends with a recipe that connects to something that happened in that chapter.

This is definitely one of my favorite books to share each year with my reading groups. The chapters are easy to read and I think this would make a wonderful read-aloud with lots of opportunities for rich discussions.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780312380045
Author:
Horvath, Polly
Publisher:
Square Fish
Subject:
General Juvenile Fiction
Subject:
Family - Orphans & Foster Homes
Subject:
Interpersonal Relations
Subject:
Self-reliance
Subject:
Uncles
Subject:
Children s-General
Subject:
Cooking/Food
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Middle-Grade Fiction
Publication Date:
20080431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 5 up to 9
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
176
Dimensions:
7.68 x 5.2 x 0.49 in
Age Level:
10-14

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"Synopsis" by , This Newbery Honor Book tells the story of 11 -year-old Primrose, who lives in a small fishing village in British Columbia. She recounts her experiences and all she learns about human nature and the unpredictability of life after her parents are lost at sea.
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Havent you ever just known something deep in your heart without reason?
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