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Everything on a waffle
Horvath, Polly.
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[Large print edition].
Publication Information:
Waterville, ME : Thorndike Press, 2002.

Physical Description:
173 pages ; 23 cm
Eleven-year-old Primrose living in a small fishing village in British Columbia recounts her experiences and all that she learns about human nature and the unpredictability of life in the months after her parents are lost at sea.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 5.8 5.0 48071.
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Booklist Review

Gr. 5^-7. Eleven-year-old Primrose Squarp is an orphan. At least that's what the town of Coal Harbor thinks. Her mother sailed out during a storm to find her fisherman father and neither has been seen since. Primrose, however, knows, just knows, that her parents are alive. First, Primrose lives her with her persnickety baby-sitter. Then her dashing uncle, a developer, comes to Coal Harbor to take care of her and gentrify the town. When his plans go up in smoke, literally, Primrose is sent to an elderly couple as a foster child. Narrated by Primrose, the story is dotted with her pithy observances about the vagaries of life, especially her's. Although Horvath employs the same arch tone that worked so well in her highly acclaimed novel The Trolls (1999), this book doesn't have quite the same wit and verve that carried its predecessor so well. Still, there are some funny moments and clever touches, including the (mostly) mouthwatering recipes given for each of the noteworthy culinary references that pop up throughout the story. Ilene Cooper

Publisher's Weekly Review

Even after her parents disappear at sea, an 11-year-old girl is convinced that they are still alive. As she is shuffled from household to household, the heroine delivers a "lively recital of her misadventures," PW wrote in a starred review. "A laugh-out-loud pleasure from beginning to triumphant end." Ages 10-up. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

Gr 4-7-Primrose, 11, waits patiently for her lost-at-sea parents to return to their charming town of Coal Harbor, British Columbia. In the meantime, a cast of delightfully eccentric characters weaves in and out of her world. Her charismatic Uncle Jack agrees to take care of his niece while trying to get rich on the town's tourist-industry possibilities. A misguided school counselor ineffectively tries to convince Primrose that her parents are gone forever, while at the same time setting her sights on Uncle Jack. An aging neighbor, a restaurant owner, and a charming pair of foster parents are among the other adults who try to help Primrose. Though temporarily parentless and decidedly accident prone (she loses two digits and sets fire to a guinea pig, among other mishaps), Primrose has a subtle, but profound effect on the grown-ups who come to her aid. In a variety of ways, she asks each of them whether they've ever placed hope and faith above mere logic, and the answers are always revealing. At the same time, the girl grows by observing and listening to those she encounters. Her first-person narration is just right, conveying her matter-of-fact optimism in the face of some pretty bizarre (and funny) events. Each chapter ends with a recipe that Primrose collects from various people, including the restaurant owner who serves each dish on her menu atop a waffle. The story is full of subtle humor and wisdom, presented through the eyes of a uniquely appealing young protagonist.-Steven Engelfried, Deschutes County Library, Bend, OR (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

My Parents Are Lost at Seap. 9
I Move to Uncle Jack'sp. 21
The Dead Whalersp. 28
I Am Almost Incarceratedp. 40
Lena's Boiled Potatoesp. 47
What Miss Bowzer Knewp. 58
I Lose All My Sweatersp. 69
I Lose a Toep. 77
Uncle Jack's Ideap. 95
I Set Fire to a Guinea Pigp. 103
Dinner at The Girl on the Red Swingp. 113
I Lose Another Digitp. 125
Fire!p. 136
Miss Perfidy Leavesp. 143
Everybody Goes Homep. 159