Everything on a waffle

Author Horvath, Polly.
Language English
Publisher
New York: Farrar Straus Giroux, 2004




Annotation:

4-6



Subjects :

  • Uncles
  • Interpersonal relations
  • Fiction
  • Parent and child
  • Self-reliance
  • Foster home care

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Best Books :

  • Our Choice, 2005 Canadian Children's Book Centre
  • Parent's Guide to Children's Media, 2001 Parent’s Guide to Children’s Media, Inc.
  • Adventuring with Books: A Booklist for PreK-Grade 6, 13th Edition, 2002 National Council of Teachers of English
  • Best Children's Books of the Year, 2002 Bank Street College of Education
  • Capitol Choices, 2001 The Capitol Choices Committee
  • Children's Catalog, Eighteenth Edition, Supplement, 2002 H.W. Wilson
  • Children's Catalog, Nineteenth Edition, 2006 H.W. Wilson
  • Middle and Junior High School Library Catalog, Ninth Edition, 2005 H.W. Wilson
  • Middle and Junior High School Library Catalog, Supplement to the Eighth Edition, 2002 H.W. Wilson
  • Notable Children's Books, 2002 ALSC American Library Association
  • Publishers Weekly Book Review Stars, April 2001 Cahners
  • Smithsonian Magazine's Notable Books for Children, 2001 Smithsonian

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Awards, Honors & Prizes :

  • Book of the Year Award for Children, 2002 Shortlist Canada
  • John Newbery Medal, 2002 Honor Book United States
  • Mr. Christie's Book Awards, 2001 Winner Canada
  • Boston Globe-Horn Book Award for Excellence in Children's Literature, 2001 Honor Book United States
  • Parents' Choice Award, 2001 Gold United States
  • Sheila A. Egoff Children's Literature Prize, 2002 Winner British Columbia, Canada
  • White Ravens Award, 2002 Winner United States

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State & Provincial Reading List :

  • Chocolate Lily Young Readers' Choice Award, 2002-2003; Nominee British Columbia, Canada
  • Iowa Children's Choice Award, 2003-2004; Nominee Iowa
  • Red Cedar Book Awards, 2003-2004; Nominee British Columbia, Canada
  • William Allen White Children's Book Award, 2003-2004; Master List Kansas
  • Arizona Young Readers' Award, 2005; Nominee Arizona
  • Cochecho Readers' Award, 2002-2003; Nominee New Hampshire
  • Colorado Children's Book Award, 2003-2004; Nominee Colorado
  • Dorothy Canfield Fisher Children's Book Award, 2003; Nominee Vermont
  • Indian Paintbrush Book Award, 2004-2005; Nominee Wyoming
  • Manitoba Young Readers' Choice Award, 2003; Nominee Manitoba, Canada
  • Massachusetts Children's Book Award, 2004-2005; Nominee Massachusetts
  • Nene Award, 2003; Nominee Hawaii
  • Nene Award, 2004; Nominee Hawaii
  • Rocky Mountain Book Award, 2003; Nominee Alberta, Canada
  • West Virginia Children's Book Award, 2003-2004; Nominee West Virginia
  • Young Reader's Choice Award, 2004; Nominee Pacific Northwest

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Reading Measurement Programs:


0888994427
Douglas & McIntyre (Toronto:) 2001.

Accelerated Reader
Interest Level Middle Grade
Book Level 5.8
Accelerated Reader Points 5


9780374322366, 0374322368
Farrar Straus Giroux (New York:) 2001.

Accelerated Reader
Interest Level Middle Grade
Book Level 5.8
Accelerated Reader Points 5

Lexile, MetaMetrics, Inc.

Lexile Measure 950
Accelerated Reader Points

Reading Counts-Scholastic
Interest Level 6-8
Reading Level 6
Accelerated Reader Points 10


999999
Farrar Straus Giroux (New York:) 2004.

Accelerated Reader
Interest Level Middle Grade
Book Level 5.8
Accelerated Reader Points 5

Lexile, MetaMetrics, Inc.

Lexile Measure 950
Accelerated Reader Points

Reading Counts-Scholastic
Interest Level 6-8
Reading Level 6
Accelerated Reader Points 10

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Reviews :

Jessica Ross (Canadian Children’s Book News, Spring 2001 (Vol. 24, No. 2))
I live in Coal Harbour, British Columbia. I have never lived anyplace else. My name is Primrose Squarp." From these beginnings we readers move into the world of an 11-year-old girl who has lost her parents in a Pacific typhoon, been moved from an ancient babysitter's into the house of her former-drifter/now shiny-toothed real estate salesman Uncle Jack - by City Council, and hounded by a long-winded and power hungry guidance counsellor with her eyes on Uncle Jack. All the while, Primrose continues to take trips down to the dock to wait for her parents to return, convinced that they are still alive. Despite the quick and whimsical pace of the book, Primrose's voice is a very interior one. Isolated from the other children of Coal Harbour, who have been told by guidance counsellor Miss Honeycut to let her grieve her parents but who tease her when they get her alone, she tries in a levelheaded way to take care of herself, thinking things through. Her biggest assistance in this department is Miss Bowzer, the snarky, chain-smoking chef at The Girl on the Red Swing who serves every meal in her main street restaurant on a waffle (to give the customer something extra). In the kitchen at the back, Primrose learns the recipes that follow every chapter in the novel, all smartly integrated into the text. Uncle Jack and Miss Bowzer are especially well-drawn characters. Serious and silly, fantastic but dealing with real emotions, this book should be a hit. grades 5 and up. 2001, Farrar Straus Giroux, (pb) $12.95. Ages 10 up.
(PUBLISHER: Douglas & McIntyre (Toronto:), PUBLISHED: c2001.)

Anne Letain (CM Magazine, March 15, 2002 (Vol. VIII, No. 14))
Everything On A Waffle owes its existence to that long lineage of books written for children featuring spunky female orphans. Perhaps it is fitting that this book was selected as a Newbery Honor Book around the same time that Astrid Lindgren, the creator of the intrepid Pippi Longstocking, died. B.C. author Polly Horvath is a natural nominee to wear Lindgren's mantle. Everything On A Waffle is the story of Primrose Squarp - a spunky almost orphan who cooks and, of course, triumphs over adversity in the end. Primrose "survives" in the quaint community of Coal Harbour on Vancouver Island after her parents are lost at sea. The usual cast of eccentrics and misfits try to smother Primrose with well intentioned assistance to help her overcome her loss. These characters include a distant uncle summoned to care for Primrose, an uptight school counselor with questionable motives, an elderly neighbour with memory problems, a dotty pair of foster parents, and the heart of gold owner of the local restaurant which serves everything on a waffle and which provides the rationale for the recipes presented at the end of each chapter. There is no question that this book is well conceived and well written and very humourous. Polly Horvath carries off both comedy and sadness adeptly and with finesse. However, there is something in this book that seems to cater to adult nostalgia rather than revealing Primrose's poin t of view and the preoccupations of childhood. Primrose sometimes seems to be an adult in an eleven-year-old's body, and her observations on life seem somewhat precocious. In fact, her voice is very similar to that of Aunt Sally in Horvath's acclaimed The Trolls. The pace of the book is brisk and energetic and the humour clever. Any novel that can make two amputations funny has to be commended. And ultimately, Primrose is an appealing heroine who earns her well deserved happy ending. Highly Recommended. Rating: *** /4. Grades 4-8. 2001, Groundwood/Douglas & McIntyre, 179 pp., pbk., $8.95. Ages 9 to 13.
(PUBLISHER: Douglas & McIntyre (Toronto:), PUBLISHED: c2001.)

Connie Forst (Resource Links, October 2001 (Vol. 7, No. 1))
My name is Primrose Squarp. I am eleven years old. I have hair the color of carrots in an apricot glaze (recipe to follow), skin fair and clear where it isn't freckled, and eyes like summer storms." This brief description introduces us to eternally optimistic Primrose who lives in a small fishing village in British Columbia and knows simply that her parents did not perish at sea during a terrible storm. However, her task of trying to convince the other residents of Coal Harbour is a monumental one. For all practical purposes, at least for the time being, Primrose is an orphan, and there is no great rush of people willing to take her in. She lives for a while with Miss Perfidy, a mothball scented elderly lady, whom the town council pays an hourly wage to baby-sit her. The town is able to locate Uncle Jack, her mother's brother, who reluctantly takes Primrose into his care. Primrose does not mind living with him, despite the haunting sounds of a hockey game that she seems to hear in the night. But it is Miss Bowzer, owner and chef of a restaurant called The Girl on the Red Swing, where everything--including lasagna--is served on a waffle, who offers Primrose a willing ear, sound advice and a place to seek peace and understanding in her very mixed up life. Primrose takes up learning to cook after she finds a memo pad her mother had dropped with a recipe in it for the carrots as mentioned in the very first paragraph. She decides to write any of the recipes she could remember of her mother's and add any new ones she comes across that she might like. At the end of each chapter we find Primrose's recipes (details and all) for the reader to make. Primrose is a delightful character that has her share of misfortunes throughout the story and who does not lose faith in her beliefs. For one of her recipes she notes that "sometimes you get tempted to make something wonderful even better but in doing so you lose what was so wonderful to begin with." Primrose learns a lot about human nature and the unpredictability of life--she is a very astute eleven-year-old! Everything on a Waffle is witty, humorous, insightful, and a highly enjoyable read. Thematic Links include: Uncles; Foster Homes; Parents; Self-reliance. Resource Links Rating: E (Excellent, enduring, everyone should see it!), Grade 5-9. 2001, Groundwood/ Douglas & McIntyre, 179p.. Pbk. $8.95 Ages 10 to 14.
(PUBLISHER: Douglas & McIntyre (Toronto:), PUBLISHED: c2001.)

Tree (BookHive (www.bookhive.org))
But the important things that happen to you will happen to you even in the smallest places.” Life is not easy for Primrose. When her parents disappear at sea, the people of Coal Harbor believe that they have drowned, a belief not shared by Primrose. As she waits for her parents to return, Primrose spends time living with her Uncle Jack, talking and cooking with Miss Bowzer who serves everything on a waffle, and learning about love and loss with Miss Perfidy an old woman with whom she shares a “melancholy bond”. On top of this she has to deal with nine toes, Child Protective Services, a guinea pig with burnt fur, a fire, and losing the tip of her ring finger. Will things stop going wrong? Will her parents come home? Can there be a happy ending for Primrose? Category: Award Books; Humor; Mystery; Realistic Fiction. Grade Level: Intermediate (4th-6th grade). 2001, Farrar Straus Giroux. Ages 9 to 12.
(PUBLISHER: Farrar Straus Giroux (New York:), PUBLISHED: 2001.)

Ilene Cooper (Booklist, Feb. 15, 2001 (Vol. 97, No. 12))
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. Category: Books for Middle Readers--Fiction. 2001, Farrar, $16. Gr. 5-7.
(PUBLISHER: Farrar Straus Giroux (New York:), PUBLISHED: 2001.)

Sharon Salluzzo (Children's Literature)
When her parents are lost in a storm at sea, Primrose is steadfast in her belief that they will return. The school counselor, certain that Primrose has lost touch with reality because of the many accidents that she has (she loses two fingers), attempts to convince her otherwise. She is just one of a number of unusual adult characters in the small town of Coal Harbor, British Columbia who influence Primrose's life. Her opportunistic Uncle Jack is supportive, as is the owner of the restaurant where every item on the menu is served, well, on a waffle. Each chapter ends with a recipe, grounding this novel in a common ordinary act necessary for physical survival--eating. Parallel to this is the need for emotional survival and a support system that will nourish it. This carefully constructed and rewarding story is served up with a cast of quirky characters, bizarre events, a deft touch of peculiar humor and a plucky heroine. 2001, Farrar Straus Giroux, $16.00. Ages 10 to 14.
(PUBLISHER: Farrar Straus Giroux (New York:), PUBLISHED: 2001.)

Kirkus (Kirkus Reviews, February 15, 2001 (Vol. 69, No. 4))
Life dishes up the sweet with the sour following the disappearance of a child's parents in this perceptive, barbed tale from the author of "The Trolls" (1999). Horvath displays a real knack for naming. Everyone else in her small British Columbian fishing town is sure that her mother and father are lost at sea, but 11-year-old Primrose Squarp clings to hope as months pass. She too is passed: from the minimal care of gruff old Miss Perfidy, to a previously unknown uncle who turns out to be an enterprising real-estate developer, and then, thanks to a small-minded school counselor, to out-of-town foster parents. Along the way, she loses a pair of minor body parts in accidents, but gains loyal friends both in Uncle Jack and in Kate Bowzer, proprietor of a café called The Girl on the Red Swing, in which everything, including salad, is served on a waffle. Food not only plays a recurrent theme here, but each chapter ends with a recipe (of varying palatability). The author engages in some clever role reversal with Uncle Jack, a happy-go-lucky sort with a streak of fierce loyalty who is unperturbed when his housing development goes up in flames, but fights tooth and nail to regain custody of Primrose. He never once expresses doubt that her parents are alive--as indeed they turn out to be. Primrose is a serious, sturdy soul, able to hold her own against this quirky, nearly all-adult supporting cast, and by the time her shipwrecked mother and father are rescued, she has gained considerable insight into human nature--as well as the ability to create dishes as diverse as Cherry Pie Pork Chops and Butterscotch Chow Mein Noodle Cookies. And waffles, of course. That she was right all along about her parents will make her story extra sweet to readers. 2001, Farrar Straus & Giroux, $16.00. Category: Fiction. Ages 11 to 15. © 2001 Kirkus Reviews/VNU eMedia, Inc. All rights reserved.
(PUBLISHER: Farrar Straus Giroux (New York:), PUBLISHED: 2001.)

Marie Salvadore (Parents Guide, Fall 2001 (Vol. 4, No. 1))
Eleven-year old Primrose Squarp knows that her parents, lost at sea, will return. Of course, the adults in her small, close-knit British Columbia town don't agree, making Primrose stay with Miss Perfidy (who smells of mothballs) until her dashing developer uncle, Jack, arrives. The plot moves briskly to a gratifying conclusion. Sprinkled throughout are family recipes and recipes from the Girl on a Red Swing, a restaurant where everything from steak to fish is served on a waffle with a healthy dash of humorous, reliable advice. Quirky, unforgettable characters are introduced through Primrose's wise, droll and ultimately triumphant voice. 2001, Farrar Straus Giroux, $16. Ages 10 to 12.
(PUBLISHER: Farrar Straus Giroux (New York:), PUBLISHED: 2001.)

Publishers Weekly (Publishers Weekly)
Horvath (The Trolls) delivers another hilariously puckish read with this tale of a (possibly) orphaned girl from a small Canadian fishing village. Eleven-year-old Primrose Squarp refuses to attend the memorial service for her parents after they disappear at sea. "Haven't you ever just known something deep in your heart without reason?" she demands of all and sundry, convinced her parents are still alive. Meanwhile, she is shuffled from the custody of her elderly neighbor Miss Perfidy to her likable but somewhat feckless Uncle Jack. Not unlike another beloved red-haired Canadian heroine, Primrose whose own hair is "the color of carrots in an apricot glaze (recipe to follow)" attracts trouble like a magnet. In addition to singeing the fur on the class guinea pig, she manages to lose a baby toe and part of a finger in chapters entitled "I Lose a Toe" and "I Lose Another Digit" accidents that land her in the foster care of an older couple whose stature and girth give them the look of "kindly old hard-boiled eggs." Primrose's lively recital of her misadventures comes complete with recipes, pungent descriptions ("the feeling of joy swept through my soul like fire up a vacuum") and memorable characters, among them the tough-talking, golden-hearted owner of a local restaurant that serves everything (even fish and chips) on waffles. A laugh-out-loud pleasure from beginning to triumphant end. Ages 10-up. (Apr.)
(PUBLISHER: Farrar Straus Giroux (New York:), PUBLISHED: 2001.)

Deborah Stevenson (The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books, March 2001 (Vol. 54, No. 7))
Primrose lives in Coal Harbour, a small village in British Columbia, and she's waiting for the return of her parents, despite the fact that everyone insists that they died in a storm at sea. When her bachelor uncle Jack's life finally overlaps with hers, she moves in with him, trying to avoid the machinations of syrupy counselor Miss Honeycut (who wants Primrose out of Jack's house and Miss Honeycut in). Primrose finds comfort in familiar surroundings and acquaintances, such as her mothball-scented former foster mother, Miss Perfidy, and Miss Bowzer, owner and chef at the town restaurant, where everything is served on a waffle. She's sufficiently distracted, however, that she manages to lose not one but two digits under Jack's care, and that's enough to get Primrose sent into foster care with the irresistibly sympathetic Evie and Bert, who leap into Primrose's life with wonderfully partisan vigor. The book doesn't offer an easily encapsulated plot but instead sees Primrose through her time of troubles as she bounces off people and events like a pinball, anchoring herself down each chapter with a narratively relevant recipe (finishing, of course, with waffles). Sharp in both perceptions and honed edges, Primrose details not the gentle and predictable path of therapeutic adjustment but the price and reward (her parents do indeed return) of a determined adherence to instinctive belief. If there's a villain here, it's orthodoxy: it's the uncategorizable and surprising bonds between people that bring satisfaction, not the ordained social protocols. Add to this Horvath's tart and relentless humor, and you've got a fine, quirky followup to The Trolls (BCCB 2/99). (Reviewed from galleys) Review Code: R* -- Denotes books of special distinction. (c) Copyright 2001, The Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois. 2001, Farrar, 160p, $16.00. Grades 5-8.
(PUBLISHER: Farrar Straus Giroux (New York:), PUBLISHED: 2001.)

Patrick Jones (The Five Owls, September/October 2001 (Vol. 16, No. 1))
From a pretty serious premise emerges a very comic novel. Horvath, the author of The Trolls (Farrar Strauss Giroux, 1999), which was National Book Award finalist, tells the story of eleven-year-old Primrose Squarp (a perfectly hysterical name) who starts the book with two parents, but by page two has lost them both. Her father is a fisherman who is out to sea when a typhoon hits. When he doesn't return, Primrose's mother takes out their sailboat to locate him, but she, too, is taken by the storm. With no close relatives, Primrose's future becomes a matter of grand concern for the good burgers of her hometown of Coal Harbour, a small fishing village in British Columbia. Coal Harbour becomes almost a character in this book with its eccentric citizenry bouncing in and out of the story. Like the populace of Sweet Haven in the movie Popeye, the good folks of Coal Harbour scuttle about in the background of the story, peeking their eyes out and sticking their noses in Primrose's life. The names of the townspeople are as far-fetched and farcical as Primrose's moniker, such as Miss Perfidy, the frugal baby-sitter; Miss Honeycutt, the helpful school counselor; and the madcap café owner, Miss Bowser. Miss Bowser's café, The Girl on the Red Swing, is a central meeting point in the story. The café's menu is also appropriately zany as all meals, from steaks to fish and chips, are served on a waffle. Cuisine is a preoccupation of Primrose's. She fills her story full not only with references to food, but provides the recipes as well. But in between the food formula and comical conversation is Primrose's attempts to understand the sudden circumstances which have upended her life. Throughout most of the book, whenever an adult mentions that Primrose's parents have died, she denies it. Despite the turns in her life, including losing a toe when she is almost run over by a truck, setting fire to a guinea pig, and being placed in a foster home, Primrose is never defeated. Even as Primrose wonders how she can go missing one toe and two parents, she is overcome by a sense of joy. Just as waffles are comfort food, Primrose finds comfort in the small things in her life. By the book's end, she discovers that "the important things that happen to you will happen to you even in the smallest places, like Coal Harbour." From its wacky cover featuring Primrose with her carrot-covered hair, making her appear to be Pippi Longstocking's long lost cousin, to a mountain of waffles, and the book's touching conclusion, Horvath serves up a delicate balance of pulled heart strings and tickled funny bones. 2001, Farrar Strauss Giroux, $16.00. Ages 10 up.
(PUBLISHER: Farrar Straus Giroux (New York:), PUBLISHED: 2001.)

Susan Walker (The Lorgnette - Heart of Texas Reviews (Vol. 14, No. 4))
EVERYTHING ON A WAFFLE is a delightful book about a young girl, Primrose Squarp, who tells of her own unusual life experiences during the months following her parents' disappearance at sea. Primrose is absolutely sure that her parents did not perish at sea, contrary to what the rest of the town believes. Although she is tossed from living with a forgetful elderly woman, to living with her long lost uncle, to living in a foster home in another town and is considered to be out of touch with reality by her school counselor and many other townspeople, Primrose never gives up on the idea of her parents' survival at sea. This is a humorous and entertaining book that addresses several life issues, including the disappearance and possible death of loved ones, foster care, and interpersonal relationships with teachers, counselors, relatives, and even strangers. Children will enjoy reading the unique way that Polly Horvath tells of the unpredictability of life and human nature through the eyes of Primrose Squarp. Fiction. Grades 4-5. 2001, Farrar Straus Giroux, 149p, $16.00. Ages 9 to 11.
(PUBLISHER: Farrar Straus Giroux (New York:), PUBLISHED: 2001.)

Ann T. Reddy-Damon (VOYA, June 2001 (Vol. 24, No. 2))
This novel combines the intensity of an Oprah book with the whimsy of Harry Potter and a dash of contextually based recipes as in Like Water for Chocolate (Doubleday, 1992) to create a tasty read. Primrose is orphaned at age eleven when her mother follows her father into a coastal Canadian storm that kills them both. In Primrose's mind, however, her parents are stranded on an island, awaiting rescue, despite the conciliatory advice from her babysitter and the school guidance counselor, or the taunting jeers of her classmates. She is placed under the guardianship of an elderly, tight-fisted neighbor, Miss Perfidy, who bills the state an hourly wage, until Primrose ends up with her realtor uncle who treats the girl like an adult as he scours the picturesque sea village for investment potential. When Primrose has too many accidents, she is placed with a family in a neighboring village, where she learns to live in the present again. What makes this book so extraordinary is the author's ability to capture humanity so genuinely. For example, when visiting the distant Miss Perfidy, Primrose becomes Miss Perfidy's confidante, sharing the older woman's feelings about loss of control and onset of senility: "I won't know tomorrow if you really came over for a sweater or if it was just another memory of something that never happened." The only fault in this book might be in its marketing. Perhaps because the main character is only eleven, the cover art targets a younger audience. Although upper elementary or middle school students would enjoy this book, older students will miss a funny, insightful, short piece of meaningful fiction unless directed to the book. VOYA CODES: 5Q 3P M J S (Hard to imagine it being any better written; Will appeal with pushing; Middle School, defined as grades 6 to 8; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9; Senior High, defined as grades 10 to 12). 2001, Farrar Straus Giroux, 160p, $16. Ages 11 to 18.
(PUBLISHER: Farrar Straus Giroux (New York:), PUBLISHED: 2001.)

Publishers Weekly (Publishers Weekly)
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\n wrote in a starred review. "A laugh-out-loud pleasure from beginning to triumphant end." Ages 10-up. (Sept.)\n"
(PUBLISHER: Farrar Straus Giroux (New York:), PUBLISHED: 2004 c2001.)

Toni Buzzeo (Audiofile, October/November 2002)
Start with that wacky name--Primrose Squarp--and the fact that her best friend's restaurant serves everything on a waffle (even if you order a waffle!)--and it's a good guess that listeners are in for a tall tale. Eleven-year-old Primrose, a Coal Harbor, British Columbia, orphan, believes that both of her parents, thought to have been lost at sea, will one day return to her, from the belly of the whale, as it were. Life with her mothball-ridden, squeaky-voiced, acrimonious guardian, Miss Perfidy, is dreary, with only the gruff, tough Miss Bowzer and her recipes to cheer her. When the vibrant but self-important Uncle Jack arrives to take over her care, he further complicates the plot with his real estate dealings and neglect. Kathleen McInerney's reading of the confident, earnest, and pragmatic first-person narration includes the delivery of a series of recipes between chapters. A wild romp through unlikely and humorous waters. T.B. 2003 ALA Notable Recording (c) AudioFile 2002, Portland, Maine Unabridged. 2002 (orig. 2001), Listening Library, Two cassettes, 3.25 hrs., Retail pak, $18.00. Ages 8 up.
(PUBLISHER: Listening Library Two cassettes 3.25 hrs. Retail pak $18.00., PUBLISHED: 2002 (orig. 2001))

Recorded Books (Recorded Books, LLC.)
In this Newbery Honor Book, Primrose Squarp is an orphan convinced that her parents will someday return to her from the belly of a whale. In the meantime, however, she has to live with elderly Miss Perfidy, mothball smell and all. But Primrose finds a friend in a local restaurant owner, one who serves everything on a waffle--even waffles!

“A wild romp through unlikely and humorous waters.”--AudioFile n.d., Listening Library, Unabridged Cassette - Library Edition; 22413, $30.75. Ages 10 to 14.
(PUBLISHER: Listening Library Two cassettes 3.25 hrs. Retail pak $18.00., PUBLISHED: 2002 (orig. 2001))

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Publication Details:

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New York: Farrar Straus Giroux, 2004

Media Type: Language Material
149 p. ;
PZ7.H79224 ([Fic])
0374422087
9780374422080
"A Sunburst book."
Reprint. Originally published 2001.
Listening Library Two cassettes 3.25 hrs. Retail pak $18.00., 2002

Media Type:

0807207144
9780807207147
Toronto: Douglas & McIntyre, 2001

Media Type: Language Material
179 p.:
(j813/.54)
0888994427
9780888994424
"A Groundwood book".
New York: Farrar Straus Giroux, 2001

Media Type: Language Material
149 p. ;
PZ7.H79224 ([Fic])
0374322368
9780374322366
Sequel One year in Coal Harbor.
Waterville ME: Thorndike Press, 2001

Media Type: Language Material
173 p. ;
PZ7.H79224 ([Fic])
0786248327
9780786248322

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