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One Year in Coal Harbor by Polly Horvath

One Year in Coal Harbor

by Polly Horvath

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Polly Horvath is a genius. I just love the world of Coal Harbor. Unlike the other book I just finished, Night Swimmers, this book has very full and caring characters. It is a wonderful community all working together even when at odds with one another. I hope she will continue to write about this town. I look forward to every minute spent there. ( )
  njcur | Feb 13, 2014 |
Really enjoyed this quiet book about a girl who makes observations about her logging town, plays matchmaker for two adults she adores, meets an unlikely friend, and discovers her own subtle talents. Horvath is a master of "voice".
  scducharme | Aug 26, 2013 |
One Year in Coal Harbor by Polly Horvath is the sequel to Everything on a Waffle. Although Primrose returns to narrate, she isn't the main character. That honor goes to Evie and Bert's newest foster child, a troubled boy named Ked.

Ked spends one year with his foster parents. In that time Primrose does her best to help him fit in. She can still remember the time when she was ridiculed for being a foster child.

Primrose's uncle and the owner of the Girl on the Red Swing continue to compete. Now it's all about cooking. Nudged on by Primrose, Kate Bowzer is convinced that Uncle Jack doesn't think she can do French cooking. She wants to show him a thing or too about her skills!

Meanwhile outside of town there's a protest over the proposed clear cutting of the nearby mountain. It seems as though Coal Harbor is on the eve of becoming a very different place. Primrose observes and reports on the adults' protests and meetings over the logging.

Although Coal Harbor is a fictional small town on Vancouver Island, it's history as laid out in Horvath's two books bear an uncanny resemblance to that of the city of Vancouver. Readers familiar with the story of Stanley Park — next door to an area named Coal Harbour, might see some similarities with this fictional Coal Harbo(u)r.

The Canadian edition, by the way, is One Year in Coal Harbour and frankly I wish the U.S. edition kept the Canadian spelling. ( )
  pussreboots | Jul 12, 2013 |
If anyghting I liked this book better than EVERYTHING ON A WAFFLE. Returning to this small Vancouver Island British Columbia town is like coming home. Primrose is an excellent narrator as she invites us in to share her life. Foster kids, romance, interesting characters. Its all there. Its not necessary to read EVERYTHING ON A WAFFLE before ready this one. This one stands on its own. Primrose has some great insights into her neighbor's characters. I listened to this on my iPod and the narrator is excellent. ( )
  brangwinn | Dec 19, 2012 |
Fans of Everything on a Waffle will embrace this companion novel and the return of Primrose and her small fishing town of Coal Harbor. Several plot narratives interweave in this tale. Primrose's lost parents are returned; Bert and Evie, her former foster parents, lose a dog and gain a new foster child; Primrose befriends a newcomer; and ecoprotesters arrive to protest the clearcutting of the beloved local mountain. Meanwhile, matchmaker Primrose picks up on unspoken romantic tension between her restauranteur pal Miss Bowzer and Uncle Jack until Uncle Jack promises to open a competing restaurant AND Miss Bowzer's former beau comes to town. Coal Harbor may be a small town, but there are big issues -- not even Evie's liberal sprinkling of mini-marshmallows can change that. Or can it? Highly recommended. (85) ( )
  activelearning | Apr 12, 2012 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0375869700, Hardcover)

Readers rejoice--Primrose Squarp is back! The wise and curious heroine of the Newbery Honor Book Everything on a Waffle is facing another adventure-filled year in Coal Harbor. Even though her parents, once lost at sea, are home, there's a whole slew of problems and mysteries to keep Primrose--and eager fans--busy. There's Uncle Jack and Kate Bowzer, who may (or may not) be in love. There's Ked, a foster child who becomes Primrose's friend. And there's the new development on the outskirts of town that threatens the Coal Harbor Primrose knows and treasures. Prolific and brilliant Horvath has delivered a masterful sequel to a beloved novel, sure to please old fans and gain new ones.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:25:43 -0400)

In a small fishing village in British Columbia, twelve-year-old Primrose tries to be a matchmaker for her Uncle Jack, befriends Ked, a new foster child, tries to decide if she is willing to go to jail for her convictions, and together with Ked, publishes a cook book to raise money for the Fisherman's Aid. Includes recipes.… (more)

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