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One Year in Coal Harbor by Polly Horvath

One Year in Coal Harbor

by Polly Horvath

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This sequel to Everything on a Waffle again stars Primrose. She has many problems to keep her busy in this book. She is trying to be a part of the relationship between her Uncle Jack and Kate Bowzer. Ken, a foster child staying with Bert and Evie becomes her friend. Other developments in the area of Coal Harbor threaten to change the town. Primrose grows emotionally and learns to cope with many challenges by the end of this book. ( )
  Rdglady | Nov 20, 2018 |

It was great to read about Prinrose et al again, but I marked this down a star because the recipes weren't as good as on the first one. I blame the sudden addition of mini marshmallows. ( )
  annhepburn | Mar 4, 2018 |
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 |
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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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