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One Year in Coal Harbor (Coal Harbour #2)

3.77 of 5 stars 3.77  ·  rating details  ·  578 ratings  ·  134 reviews
Readers rejoice—Primrose Squarp is back! The wise and curious heroine of the Newbery Honor Book Everything on a Waffle is facing another adventure-filled year in Coal Harbor.

Even though her parents, once lost at sea, are home, there’s a whole slew of problems and mysteries to keep Primrose—and eager fans—busy. There’s Uncle Jack and Kate Bowzer, who may (or may not) be i
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Hardcover, 224 pages
Published September 11th 2012 by Schwartz & Wade (first published August 8th 2012)
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Heidi
One Year in Coal Harbor drops us back into the oceanside town in British Columbia where you can play hockey at Uncle Jack’s house or have Miss Bowzer fix you up something to eat–just know it’s going to come on a waffle. It’s been a year since Primrose’s parents returned, and she to her home with them. She’s more rich now than ever with her Uncle Jack staying on in town, as well as Bert and Evie, her temporary foster parents who had moved to Coal Harbor all sticking by her. She visits all of them ...more
KWinks
Is it wrong that the entire time I read this book (and Waffle) I wanted so much to go out to coffee with Polly Horvath? She writes the kinds of books that I would have gobbled up as a tween and now love as an adult. They are not sugary sweet or predictable. They are actually kind of dark. I love them.
That said, this one bogged down a pinch for me in the middle. Perhaps I am a bad person and did not care enough about the logging to want to read so much about it. Or perhaps this one was a little
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Andy Shuping
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It’s true I’m probably not the age for this book, but it being a sequel to an award winning book I thought I’d give it a try. And I’m sorry but book is one of the worst I've read in a while. First of all I don’t understand why they’d release a sequel 10 years after the original book. It just seems like an awful long time to wait to regale readers with the next tale in Primrose’s life (I also didn’t think the original was that great.) Secondly every time I encountered a p
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Wendy
This didn't have the charm of the first book, and somehow, despite many serious things that happened, also seemed to lack the depth. What was cute and quirky in EVERYTHING ON A WAFFLE got schticky here. And there were a lot of loose plot threads that didn't seem quite to come together. I'm glad I made myself finish it, because it did get more interesting at the very end, and the last page is very satisfying.
Jileen
I think that Polly Horvath may be in the running as one of my favorite authors. Of course I've only read 2 of her books... But the 2 that I've read have made me happy.

This book is a sequel to "Everything on a Waffle" which i stumbled upon years ago and read it simply because the title was so silly... And i like waffles.

Primrose Squarp, the main character, is revisited in this book and she is just as quirky, loveable, wise, and wacky as she was the first time around. The other characters are perf
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Cathy
Oct 23, 2012 Cathy rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommended to Cathy by: Everything on a Waffle sequel
Shelves: juvenile-fiction
Readers rejoice--Primrose Squarp is back! The wise and curious heroine of the Newbery Honor Book Everything on a Waffle is facing another adventure-filled year in Coal Harbor. Even though her parents, once lost at sea, are home, there's a whole slew of problems and mysteries to keep Primrose--and eager fans--busy.

I gave three stars to Everything on a Waffle. Sadly this book did not even measure out to that. I understand that Coal Harbor is likely a small town by the eccentricities of the small
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Jasmine Ko
I adored Everything on a Waffle (it was my very first MMGM post!) and was ecstatic to find out there is now a sequel for my beloved book. I didn't think it needed a sequel, just like how I felt with Princess Academy: Palace of Stone, but I was pleasantly surprised with that sequel, so I thought this would be another great addition to Primrose's story. However, I'm sorry to say that I was very disappointed.

SPOILER ALERT for those who haven't read Everything on a Waffle!!! It was nice to revisit a
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Meredith
I am always buying copies of "Everything on a Waffle" when I see it, and giving it to people, but I couldn't clearly remember why I loved it so much. Then I read the first page of "One Year in Coal Harbor" and it all came flooding back.

Delightful.

Loved it.

I read the entire thing in one sitting while waiting for my car to be fixed, and the dealership employees got to watch me laugh, grin, shake my head, and, finally, cry.

THIS is Polly Horvath! (I was so disappointed in the bunnies last year.) The
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Barb Middleton
Dang, I was confused reading this book. Granted it wasn't all the author's fault. I've turned into a loopy menopausal reader which means momentary brain shutdowns. At least that's my excuse. I also DESPERATELY NEED SPRING BREAK! First, I thought Quincehead was a parrot. He ain't. He's a gawl dong blasted dog. If you read too fast the word, Cockapoo, is quite similar to cockatoo. Then I read Bert and Evie as Bert and Ernie. Their spitfire dialogue made me think they were hyperactive ten-year-old ...more
Jen B.
Not gonna lie - I didn't even know this WAS a sequel, until I was done reading it. I liked it enough that I kind of want to go back and read the first one. However, I don't know that I feel it absolutely necessary - but maybe if I did, something inside me would like One Year better?

I struggled with the purpose of this book until the very end, which I found frustrating on a regular basis. I shared my journey through this book with my students, being honest that I didn't want to give up on it, bu
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Sarah Sammis
One Year in Coal Harbor by Polly Horvath is the sequel to Everything on a Waffle. Although Primrose returns to narrate, she isn't the main character. That honor goes to Evie and Bert's newest foster child, a troubled boy named Ked.

Ked spends one year with his foster parents. In that time Primrose does her best to help him fit in. She can still remember the time when she was ridiculed for being a foster child.

Primrose's uncle and the owner of the Girl on the Red Swing continue to compete. Now it'
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Jim Erekson
This sequel to Everything on a Waffle brings Primrose back, and the plot revolves around her machinations to get her uncle Jack together with the owner of the Girl on the Red Swing restaurant (the one that serves everything on a waffle). The fact that everything does come together in almost Dickensian fashion by the end doesn't rob from the fact that none of it happens the way Primrose wants it to. Nothing is really in her control, and she goes through a lot to figure this out. But while she was ...more
Reving
Thank you very much for allowing me to read One Year in Coal Harbor. This review will be published at revingsblog.blogspot.com and on goodreads.com.

Polly Horvath is a beautiful writer. Her books are the kind that you fall right into and get lost in the world she has created. I've loved everything I've read from her and I really enjoyed One Year in Coal Harbor. This is a sequel to Everything on a Waffle and tells the further adventures of Primrose, her family, Burt and Evie, Uncle Jack and a new
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Cordelia Dinsmore
This is the first Polly Horvath book I've read, but I regret that I can't praise it as much as I'd like. The story itself was interesting enough, and I liked the MC and her former foster parents, but the other characters left me feeling a bit cheated. I felt they were rushed in their development and I never did get a good feel for them, except possibly her uncle. I liked him quite a bit.

The main problem I had with this was the voice. I know a lot of twelve-year-olds, but can't name one that has
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Jill
This would be an interesting book club, or even older elementary kid book club pick. There are things about it that are really stellar, including the fact that the author stays true to being entirely in the point of view of her narrator. We never get an interruption that clarifies things from an adult perspective, and I appreciated that. Characterization is also good. However, the rambling interior monologues and a few over simplifications didn't keep the plot moving forward for me. I wanted to ...more
Keith
I read Everything on a Waffle a few years ago and so I picked up this one to read to find out more about the story. Unfortunately, I barely could recall anything about the first book at all. Reading this book, none of the characters were familiar to me, and basically the only thing that rang a bell was the fact that everything in the restaurant was served on top of a waffle. That said, by itself it was a good solid story and kept me fairly interested. I wasn't jumping up and down, but it was ent ...more
Ashley Green
Coal Harbor is an everyone knows everyone town, and it seems like our narrator has overcome quite a bit of commotion for a town the size. She casually mentions that she WAS living with endearing neighbors Bert and Evie while her parents were lost at sea for a year, but now they are back home. Phew. Written from the point of view of our young narrator, Primrose, this story is realistic fiction with a theme of place-based security and connection. No one is dying to get out of this small town, in f ...more
Becky
I'm not sure I loved-loved Everything On a Waffle OR One Year in Coal Harbor. But I think I almost loved both books. I think my favorite part--for better or worse--was the recipes at the end of each chapter. I loved Primrose's narration of this recipes. They were cutesy at times, I admit. But they were pure fun. I kept reading so I could get to the next recipe. I'm not sure I was supposed to like them that much.

As to the rest of the book, I'm glad she's still in touch with her former foster par
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Michelle Llewellyn
This is a copy/paste from my Amazon review.
Since there are only 7 reviews here, as opposed to 115 on Goodreads I'm going to post mine here. You're welcome.
I had a hard time plodding through this book because the quirkiness of the first book is completely missing here. The matchmaking plot is just silly, there's lots of tree hugging and, once again, the author has given us a story where the characters view their relationships with their dogs as more important than people. I never liked the name G
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Kristine
ONE YEAR IN COAL HARBOR by Polly Horvath (2012) is the companion book to the Newbury Honor book EVERYTHING ON A WAFFLE. I read these books one after the other -- something I recommend. One reader might prefer the first book more than the second, whereas another might prefer the second to the first. In my case, I fall into preferring this second book. (For anyone who has attended town meetings in a small town, I challenge you not to smile-and-cringe-in-recognition as you read the chapter called " ...more
Chequer
The book had moments, but unfortunately they were too few and too far between. An excellent example is on page 90 when the author describes the "thin places," a fantastic metaphor, but then goes on to explain how the main characters think bike helmets are useless on the next page, which totally deflates any good impressions built up in the previous insight. On top of the many such examples, the recipes are horrible, unless you want to die a slow and tortured death.
Jamie
Oh, Polly Horvath. I'm having the usual audience struggle with this one. The first chapter is an excruciating one of putting a dog to sleep. Later, a dog is hit by a car and killed. And might a boy possibly die as well? This, juxtaposed with the lighthearted wackiness of the residents of Coal Harbor just has never seemed as successful as it did on Everything on a Waffle.
Lonna Pierce
Am I the only one who finds nosy Primrose annoying? I listened to the audio version, and kept shaking my head at her verbose commentaries on other peoples' lives. Unbelievable. *Spoiler alert: Plus, this novel features not one but two dead dogs.Really?! Not my cup of tea.
Nicholas Wallenhorst
One Year in Coal Harbor is an extraordinary, clever, and cute story. It starts off about a Girl named Primrose whose parents were just found after being lost at sea. She has only one friend named Eleanor, who is frankly pathetic, until her good friends Evie and Bert foster a boy named Ked. You'll hear about how they become friends as well as love, and anger. And, if you're a cook, there are multiple cooking recipes at the end of each chapter. “The point I was trying to make was that everyone mak ...more
Sarah
Really enjoyed this quiet book about a girl who makes observations about her logging town, plays matchmaker for two adults she adores, meets an unlikely friend, and discovers her own subtle talents. Horvath is a master of "voice".
Ann


It was great to read about Prinrose et al again, but I marked this down a star because the recipes weren't as good as on the first one. I blame the sudden addition of mini marshmallows.
Lena
This book started out great. I read Everything on a Waffle recently, and it made me want to read more about Primrose (and try out all the recipes). When I found there was a sequel, I grabbed it immediately. At first, it was really funny, and I found myself laughing even more than in the first book. But then...

I'm not sure exactly what happened. Maybe not enough, or maybe too much. There were lots of plot-lines, but I'd be hard pressed to find the central conflict. These are some of the things th
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Hillary
I found myself laughing aloud a lot during this book! I love primrose's perception of the world. I also cried. Polly is a favorite author.
Georgene
This story is the sequel to Everything on a Waffle, which I have not read. Primrose, the main character is a likable young girl who seems to be looking for a best friend, although she seems to have many friends who are adults. She spends a lot of time with Evie and Bert, who were her foster parents when her parents were lost at sea for a year. I take it this happened in Waffle. Primrose also spends a lot of time and effort trying to get Miss Bowzer and her Uncle Jack together. Also part of the p ...more
Phoebe
Jan 06, 2013 Phoebe rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Deborah, Heidi
This astounding book is narrated by the even more astounding Primrose Squarp, whose experiences as a foster child during the year her parents were lost at sea were detailed in the earlier Everything on a Waffle. Primrose is determined to marry her Uncle Jack off to the prickly owner of the Girl on a Red Swing restaurant, Ms. Bowzer; she befriends Ked, the new, very quiet foster son of Bert and Evie; and she wants to publish a book of recipes to support the Fishermen's Aid fund. But nothing seems ...more
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Polly Horvath is the author of many books for young people, including Everything on a Waffle, The Pepins and Their Problems, The Canning Season and The Trolls. Her numerous awards include the Newbery Honor, the National Book Award for Young People's Literature, the Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor, the Vicky Metcalf Award for Children's Literature, the Mr. Christie Award, the international White Raven ...more
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