One Year in Coal Harbor: Book summary and reviews of One Year in Coal Harbor by Polly Horvath

One Year in Coal Harbor

By Polly Horvath

One Year in Coal Harbor
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  • Published in USA  Sep 2012,
    224 pages.
    Age range: Children


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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 in love. There's Ked, a foster child who becomes Primrose's friend. And there's the new development on the outskirts of town that threatens the Coal Harbor Primrose knows and treasures. Prolific and brilliant Horvath has delivered a masterful sequel to a beloved novel, sure to please old fans and gain new ones.

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"Starred Review ... the author delivers a gothic tragicomedy that is both a worthy sequel and as able as Primrose to stand on its own." - Kirkus

"Starred Review. Horvath skillfully balances the story's light and dark moments, leaving readers with an ending both satisfying and honest. Ages 9–12." - Publishers Weekly

"Starred Review. Excellent fun surrounds nuggets of wisdom, making for a great read or read-aloud to be enjoyed on multiple levels." - School Library Journal

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Polly Horvath Author Biography

I grew up in Kalamazoo, Michigan. My father, John Horvath, was a C.I.A. agent until he was in his forties and married my mother, Betty Ferguson. After that he became a high school biology teacher. My mother wrote picture books, so I remember the excitement around the house about the New York Times special children’s book sections, Horn Book reviews, who was getting the Newbery and Caldecott that year. I also learned how to submit a manuscript properly. I taught myself to type when I was in the fifth grade so that I could send my manuscripts out looking professional. Today’s children will think this is no big deal because they all learn to type the second they come out of the womb so they can use computers, but when I was growing up, there were no computers and typing was more of ...

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