A Newbery Honor Book, a Boston Globe-Horn Book Award
Honor Book, an ALA Notable Book, and winner of the Mr.
Christie's Book Award and Sheila A. Egoff
Children's Literature Award
Eleven-year-old Primrose is having a difficult time. Her parents
have been lost at sea, but she knows -- somewhere, deep inside
herself -- that they are still alive. While she waits for them to
return, she must move in with her Uncle Jack. He's not
exactly the most friendly guy, so Primrose finds comfort at the
local restaurant called The Girl on the Red Swing. The owner, Kate,
serves everything on a waffle, even fish and pasta.
But despite her quirkiness, she becomes a wonderful friend to
Primrose, teaching her how to cook, listening to her problems and
giving her sage advice.
Through a mixture of eccentric humor and probing philosophy,
Polly Horvath makes Primrose's search for peace and
understanding a most memorable one.