Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Everything on a Waffle

Great Reads for Girls will get together at the library on Wednesday, January 12 at 7 p.m. for a book discussion, fun crafts and yummy treats. The featured book for this month is Everything on a Waffle by Polly Horvath.

"My name is Primrose Squarp. I am eleven years old. I have hair the color of carrots in apricot glaze (recipe to follow), skin fair and clear where it isn't freckled, and eyes like summer storms." 

Readers will know right from the start that the narrator of Everything on a Waffle is going to tell her story straight and pull no punches. Primrose's parents have been lost at sea, but she believes without an iota of doubt that they are still alive, somewhere. 

She moves in with her Uncle Jack, but feels generally friendless. Her only real refuge is a local restaurant called The Girl on the Red Swing, where the owner, Miss Bowzer, serves everything on waffles — except advice and good sense, which come free of charge and are always reliable.

Food in general plays an important role in Primrose's journey toward peace and understanding (a recipe dictated in her unmistakable voice is appended to each chapter), and readers will eagerly cheer her on through this funny, bittersweet novel.

Primrose holds strong to the things she believes in even when it seems that no one else does.

Awards given to Everything on a Waffle

  • Newbery Honor Book
  • Boston Globe- Horn Book Award Honor Book
  • ALA Notable Book
  • Child Magazine Best Book Award
  • Parents' Choice 2001 Fiction Gold Award
  • Parent's Guide to Children's Media Award
  • International White Ravens 2002
  • Mr. Christie Book Award
  • Sheila Egoff Award
  • New York Times Bestseller
  • Publisher's Weekly Bestseller

Polly Horvath

Polly Horvath has been writing books since she was eight. For a while she wrote books and attended school. Then she wrote books and attended The Canadian College of Dance. 

She has written and waitressed and written and done temporary typing and written and tended babies (her own). Now she just writes.

Polly grew up in Kalamazoo, Michigan. She went to college in Toronto and lived in New York and Montreal before settling on southern Vancouver Island, British Columbia, with her husband Arnie Keller and their daughters, Emily and Rebecca.

They have a horse named Zayda and a smooth collie named Andrew. They are surrounded by B.C. forest and are on constant look out for bears.
She has written the following books:
An Occasional Cow (1989) 
No More Cornflakes (1990) 
The Happy Yellow Car (1994)
The Trolls (1999)
Everything on a Waffle (2001) 
The Pepins and their Problems (2004) 
The Vacation (2005) 
The Corps of the Bare-Boned Plane (2007) 

We are looking forward to a really fun evening. Hope to see you there!!

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