Everything on a Waffle
by Polly Horvath
176 pages for middle readers and beyond
Have you ever known something to be true; known with all your heart, but not had any proof? Primrose Squarp knows that her parents are alive. She knows they were not lost at sea in the terrible storm that came to Coal Harbour. Everyone else, however, considers her an orphan. At first they try to pay elderly Miss Perfidy to take care of her. That doesn’t work very well. Then the town finds Uncle Jack – the developer – but they don’t like him very much. Miss Honeycut, the school counseler (who no one seems to like much either), has it in for Primrose and see that she becomes a ward of the state and put into foster care. Only Miss Bowser, owner of the The Girl on the Red Swing, has time for Primrose, recognizes her sadness and understands the beauty of hope and joy when it seems there should be none. Miss Bowzer talks to her, teachers her to cook and knows that sometimes accidents happen – just because they are…accidents.
The charactes in this book are both funny and philosphical. The books shows you there is mucht to be said for traveling, and at the same time there is much to be noticed about your own home town. Having everything on a waffle may be ho-hum at home, but extraordinary for those who come to visit. You’ll love the characters and be surprised by how events unfold – or rather fall like dominoes, one after another after another. You may even decide to try some of the recipes shared at the end of each chapter – perhaps chocolate covered cashews, tea biscuits (no mothballs please) or even waffles, because everything should come on a waffle.
Winner of the 2001 Boston Globe Hornbook Honor Award book for Fiction and Poetry and a 2002 Newbery Honor Book.
I’ve decided that I am going to read all of Polly Horvath’s books over our next vacation break – well, as many as I can. All that I have read are funny in a bittersweet way. The characters are ordinary and yet, totally unique. They stick with me and keep coming to mind with a flash of happiness and calm. I’m curious. You might be too. You can learn more here at her website. I’ll let you know what I find.