|Farrar, Straus, and Giroux|
Primrose's parents both disappeared in the same storm out in the ocean. She knows that they are alive, but she is the only one who believes this. At first the city of Coal Harbor pays her babysitter out of her parents' money, but Miss Perfidy cannot keep her forever. When Primrose's drifter uncle comes to town, he agrees to take her in. Her teacher, Miss Honeycut, decides this is a bad idea, since she wants Uncle Jack all to herself, and tries to sabotage their relationship. Primrose finds her best comfort in The Girl on the Red Swing and Miss Bowzer who serves all her food on a waffle. The food is delicious and Miss Bowzer always makes time for Primrose. Through Miss Honeycut's interference, Primrose loses appendages, her home, and almost her family, but her faith in her parents' return may just save the day.
This was a charming story of hope, perseverance, and how a positive outlook can make even the most miserable situations bearable. Through everything that happens, Primrose keeps her faith and cherishes all the people she comes into contact with. She is a delightful character and this is a good, positive read, although a bit far-fetched at times. I loved visiting in Coal Harbor and this will probably join my list of books to booktalk. 4 cups of cocoa.