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Everything on a Waffle by Polly Horvath

on February 29, 2012

If you enjoyed Anne of Green Gables because of Anne’s never-ending optimism despite the fact that mishaps pursued her, because you loved the quirky residents of Green Gables, and because Green Gables was located on the Canadian coast then here’s a book for you!

Everything on a Waffle by Polly Horvath

Year:  2001

Publisher:  Sunburst

ISBN:  0-374-42208-7

Plot:

Primrose Scarp is a typical eleven year-old girl who lives in the fishing town of Coal Harbour, British Columbia.  And her parents are lost at sea.  She is taken-in by her Uncle Jack after her elderly neighbor Miss Perfidy, queen of the mothballs, can no longer watch her for $3 an hour.  When the kids at school start picking on Primrose for not wearing black (the color of mourning), Primrose finds safety at The Girl on the Red Swing, Miss Bowser’s restaurant where everything, yes everything, is served on a waffle.  Meanwhile Miss Honeycut, the school counselor, is eager to get Primrose into foster care and herself into Uncle Jack’s heart.

Primrose “floats” through the days which hold for her misfortunes of the oddest sort.  She clings to her mother’s dropped note pad which contains a recipe for Carrots in Apricot Glaze and decides to begin adding more of her own – recipes that she thinks her mother will enjoy when she returns.  Primrose refuses to admit that her parents are dead – she just knows that her parents are still alive out there somewhere.

Review:

This is a story that tempers the tragedies of life with savory bits of humor.  The characters that populate the town of Coal Harbour are one-of-a-kind and create a complicated and caring world for Primrose to float through.  You’ll laugh out loud and cry a little and want to eat waffles for days.

Notes: Each chapter ends with a recipe that Primrose has added to her mother’s notepad for reasons revealed earlier in that chapter.  The difficulty of the recipes increases through the book and are a good introduction to basic cooking techniques.  Everything on a Waffle is also a Newberry Honor Book.


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