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One Year in Coal Harbor
by Polly Horvath
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In this episodic sequel to "Everything on a Waffle," Primrose relates a variety of sagas from a variety of the residents of her little Canadian town of Coal Harbor. We have the story of Ked, a foster child taken in by Bert and Evie, the school teacher who has started crying a lot, Uncle Jack, who is building a restaurant right across from Miss Bowzer's Girl in the Red Swing, a logging company about to clearcut a mountain nearby, a Coal Mountain expatriot who wants to donate a million dollars to the town, and a group of scraggly kids who have come to town to protest the logging. There's more, that's just a few of the big ones.
Still, it's all told in the warm, funny style that Primrose uses (though it's not the way any 12-year-old would actually write). An entertaining read. Not quite up to par with "Everything on a Waffle" but still mighty good.
It starts out really strong. I thought the first few chapters were highly quotable. I enjoyed it, though it did meander a bit in the middle. Still recommend it.
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.
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.
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. From National Book Award-winning author Polly Horvath comes a masterful sequel to a beloved novel, sure to please old fans and gain new ones. A perfect charmer.... Hilarious and touching." --The Boston Globe "Nobody does middle grade like Horvath." --The Horn Book Magazine
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Melvil Decimal System (DDC)813.54 — Literature English (North America) American fiction 20th Century 1945-1999
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Don’t worry – she’s back with a new set of adventures and insights in this sequel. When we left Primrose, she had gotten her parents back, her temporary foster parents Bert and Evie had moved to Coal Harbor, and she was looking forward to her Uncle Jack getting together with Miss Bowzer, proprietess of The Girl on the Red Swing (where everything is served on a waffle…remember?).
But now, Uncle Jack and Miss Bowzer seem to keep throwing a wrench into the happy future Primrose has planned for them. Evie and Bert have another foster child, Ked, who becomes Primrose’s only kid friend…but there’s more to him than he’s letting on. And loggers want to strip the trees from Coal Harbor’s beloved mountain.
Horvath is a master of the inner narrative. We get to hear Primrose’s thoughts on everything that happens. Sometimes she is deeply insightful, and sometimes she’s fiercely funny.
If you liked Everything on a Waffle (or My One Hundred Adventures), come spend another year in Coal Harbor with Primrose. ( )