Everything on a Waffle

eAudio - unabridged
Audio (3.23 hours)
Product Number: Z100011347
Released: May 08, 2007
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9780739359990
Narrator/s: Kathleen McInerney
Publisher: Listening Library
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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.

Author(s): Polly Horvath
Original Publish Date: May 08, 2007

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Teacher's Guide
Author(s): Polly Horvath
Product Number 44374
Released: Mar 13, 2007
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781419379253
Text - Paperback
Author(s): Polly Horvath
Product Number 14513
Released: May 24, 2006
Business Term: Purchase
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
ISBN: #9780312380045

Professional reviews

"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"

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