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One Year in Coal Harbour

(Coal Harbour #2)

3.78  ·  Rating details ·  878 ratings  ·  167 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 Harbour. 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 ...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published September 1st 2012 by Groundwood Books (first published August 8th 2012)
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Wendi Lee
This is the sequel to "Everything on a Waffle." My stepson and I read that book for the Battle of the Books, and thought it was a little strange for a middle grade book. In this installment, I came to love Primrose and her quirky town.

With her parents rescued, Primrose's lifve stabilizes, with the charming perk of her Uncle and old foster parents resuming large roles in her life. Evie and Bert also has a new foster child, a teenager named Ked.

This is an unconventional book, with some deep philo
Mar 02, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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.
Valerie Best
Jun 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, middle-grade
I read Everything On A Waffle for the first time in college, and I’ve been reading it on the reg ever since.

So, when I found out that Horvath had written a sequel I was pumped.

A Year in Coal Harbor has the same chatty, preternaturally wise narrator, Primrose Squarp, and I loved spending more time with the people of Coal Harbor. Where Everything On A Waffle felt cozily self-contained, AYiCH sprawls a bit more. Maybe it meanders a tad.

But Primrose is great, finds a best friend, and has such bea
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
Dani Shuping
Apr 10, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: not-amazon
ARC provided by NetGalley

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
Oct 02, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Jennifer Wilkey
It’s a sweet story- my daughter learned a lot about how foster care works which was good. It was probably a little Old for her (she’s 9) but we enjoyed the audio version nevertheless.
Oct 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mock-newbery
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.


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
Sep 10, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Jasmine Marie {#thebookishmama}
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
Sep 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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'
I liked this book a good bit more than the first one, Everything on a Waffle. This one did not have a sombre overtone. Laughed out loud a few times - Polly Horvath is really good at creating comical situations and then having the characters act in deadpan ways and describing it all matter-of-factly.

There were more characters than before and so it was more interesting. Primrose's parents became part of the comedy pair/couple trope of Horvath's, like Evie and Bert, Miss Bowser and Uncle Jack, Pri
Jen B.
Oct 23, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jim Erekson
Sep 18, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comedy, novel
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
Aug 31, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thank you very much for allowing me to read One Year in Coal Harbor. This review will be published at and on

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
Nov 17, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 20, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Kay Smith
Jan 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I did not read the first installment of this children's series but it's an easy to pick up storyline with some pretty eccentric and fun characters.
I absolutely loved the exchanges shared between characters and the dialogue was incredibly witty, but still simple and easy to digest.

For the 9-12 age bracket, I definitely think this little chapter book is wonderfully written (however, as a 23 year old, I found myself chuckling gleefully along more than a few times-don't pay heed to that silly '12'
Dec 05, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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.
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.
Jul 16, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kidlit, aisb-library
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".
Oct 06, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

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.
Mar 25, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
May 14, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio
A companion to Everything on a Waffle, this novel follows Primrose's life in the year following the return of her parents. Things seem to be going along smoothly, and everyone who cares about Primrose is still in her life. When Evie and Bert get another foster child (Ked), Primrose is quick to make friends with him. She spends her free time trying to set up Uncle Jack with Miss Bowzer and coming up with ideas about how Ked can stay in Coal Harbor, all amidst the town being divided on the fate of ...more
Rick Stuckwisch
Sep 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
We've only recently discovered Polly Horvath (and that quite by accident, really), but she has quickly become a favorite author. This sequel to Everything on a Waffle was another excellent contribution. Quaint and whimsical in many ways, yet philosophical and profound in its observations. The various characters are distinctive and endearing, quirky in believable and likable ways, and well developed. I would still compare it favorably to the Ramona books by Beverly Clearly, though more grown-up i ...more
Sep 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
the book One year in coal harbor is a super book a very nice continuation after the first book everything on a waffle. The book just like the first one is about primrose but this time her parents do not get lost at sea. The is basically a continuation of her life after her parents come home. primrose is still friends with her once was foster parents Evie and Burt. the book is a Harte wormer but happy and sad at times, The book's title is not as creative as the first but the content is just as fr ...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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