2002 Honor Book
"Primrose Squarp simply knows her parents did not perish at sea during a terrible storm, but try convincing the other residents of Coal Harbour on that score. For all practical purposes, at least for the time being, 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 babysit her, the town council is able to locate a relative, Uncle Jack, who reluctantly takes Primrose into his care. Primrose does warm up to living with him and in his home, despite the eerie noises resembling a hockey game that haunt her in the night. But true sanctuary can always be found at a 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, as well as sage advice. Through a mixture of eccentric humor and probing philosophy, author Polly Horvath makes Primrose's search for peace and understanding a most memorable one."
This was a cute story, however there were many times I felt so bad for Primrose. She was treated terribly by her classmates, her babysitter, and even her guidance counselor, who was supposed to have her best interests in mind. But, there were people on her side - Uncle Jack and the restaurant owner, Miss Bowzer. The theme of this book was hope and not giving up on something you believe in, even when everyone else around you believes otherwise.