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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (4,426 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Polly Horvath Narrator: Kathleen McInerney Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Primrose Squarp simply knows her parents did not perish at sea during a terrible storm, despite what the other residents of Coal Harbour believe. For all practical purposes, Primrose is an orphan, and there’s no great clamoring of prospective adopters. After realizing the impracticality of continuing to pay Miss Perfidy (a mothball-scented elderly lady) an hourly wage to baby-sit her, the town council places her with Uncle Jack, who reluctantly takes her in. Primrose does warm up to him, but her true sanctuary is a local restaurant called The Girl on the Red Swing, where everything—including lasagna—is served on a waffle, and where the proprietor Miss Bowzer offers a willing ear.

Through a mixture of eccentric humor and probing philosophy, author Polly Horvath makes Primrose’s search for peace and understanding a most memorable one.

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Quotes & Awards

  • A 2001 Boston Globe-Horn Book Award Honor Book

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Mark Flowers | 2/7/2014

    " I was surprised that everything didn't come together at the end in a more implausibly-holistic package. As it was, a lot of things were left hanging, which was perhaps more realistic, but this book (and this author) is not noted for realism. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Shannon | 1/25/2014

    " I was at Goodwill buying piles of books for my 6-year-old son and in addition to books he'll like now, I buy books I think he might like later. I didn't care for the cheesy, cartoonish cover, but it was a hardcover and it had a Newberry Honor Book sticker on it, so I figured for 69 cents, it was worth the risk. I pre-read it and was surprised that it wasn't nearly as corny as the cover. In fact, I enjoyed the book quite a bit and it was a quick evening's read. Eleven-year-old Primrose Squarp (love that name) lives in the small, harbor town of Coal Harbor in British Columbia, where the main sources of income are whaling, fishing, and the navy. One night, when her father is out at sea, there is a big storm and her mother is so worried that she takes a small boat and goes after him, but neither return. The rest of the book is how Primrose copes with this. She refuses to believe that her parents are dead. She thinks they must be stranded somewhere and will come back. The many colorful characters in town deal with her unremitting optimism differently. Some tease her, some try to convince her they're dead, some just accept her optimism for what it is regardless of what they themselves believe. Primrose is a wise and funny girl, but not precociously so and not in an irritating or unrealistic way. She just knows what she knows and she's not going to be swayed by others. And like many kids whose survival depends on reading people, she's perceptive about human nature. The title comes from a local dive restaurant, run by Miss Bowzer, a salt-of-the-earth woman who smokes while she cooks and serves everything on a waffle, including steak and fish & chips. "Miss Bowzer said it gave the restaurant class. Also, she liked to give the customer a little something extra." Miss Bowzer was one of my favorite characters. If you're expecting the book to be heart-wrenching or moving or sentimental, you'll be disappointed. It is from the perspective of an 11-year-old who is rarely surprised by anything and has little time for heart-warming sentiment. I like her summing up: "And it was always like that in Coal Harbor. Some people got old and some died. I left parts of myself some places and found others unexpectedly. New people appeared on the scene and others disappeared before I had a chance to say goodbye. All kinds of ordinary people gave their whole hearts to things you wouldn't think you could give your heart to." "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Stephanie | 1/21/2014

    " A fun, light novel in the vein of Kate DiCamillo's _Because of Winn-Dixie_. I enjoyed it a lot! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Dazzle.ll | 1/16/2014

    " I like this book and I think it has a good message. "

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