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Groundwood Books

One Year in Coal Harbour

Written by Polly Horvath

For students in grades 4 - 7 | Published September 01, 2012 | ISBN 9781554981885
JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes / Friendship

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Regular price $14.95 CAD

224 pages | 8.25 in × 5.5 in
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Also Available as an Ebook

About this book

One Year in Coal Harbour

Polly Horvath

Shortlisted for the CLA Book of the Year for Children Award and the IODE Violet Downey Book Award. Selected for the Bankstreet College of Education's Best Children’s Books of the Year 2013.

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) 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 Harbour 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.

About the Author

Polly Horvath

Polly Horvath has written many outstanding books for children, including The Canning Season (National Book Award, CLA Young Adult Book Award); Everything on a Waffle (Newbery Honor Book, ALA Notable Book, Mr. Christie’s Book Award, Sheila A. Egoff Children’s Literature Prize); The Corps of the Bare-boned Plane (Sheila A. Egoff Children’s Literature Prize); The Vacation (Child Magazine Best Book Award, Chocolate Lily Award); My One Hundred Adventures (NAPPA Gold Award, Sheila A. Egoff Children’s Literature Prize, Parents’ Choice Gold Award) and Northward to the Moon (Parents’ Choice Gold Award, Sheila A. Egoff Children’s Literature Prize Finalist, Oprah’s Reading List). She lives in Victoria, British Columbia.

Awards and Praise

"Though the quirky (and highly memorable) characters and remote setting provide ample opportunities for humor, Horvath skillfully balances the story's light and dark moments, leaving readers with an ending both satisfying and honest." — Publishers Weekly, STARRED REVIEW

"Dashes of serious reflection on fear, love, and the unfairness that life doles out are seamlessly interwoven and add depth to the narrative....Excellent fun surrounds nuggets of wisdom, making for a great read or read-aloud to be enjoyed on multiple levels." — School Library Journal, STARRED REVIEW

"Ever respectful of the capacity of her audience to comprehend the big words and concepts she deals in, 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

  • Winner TD Canadian Children's Literature Award, 2013
  • Short-listed Chocolate Lily Young Reader's Award, 2013
  • Winner TD Fan Choice Award, 2013
  • Winner Bolen Books Children's Book Prize, 2013
  • Short-listed CLA Book of the Year for Children Award, 2013
  • Commended The Bankstreet College of Education's Best Books of the Year 2013, 2013
  • Short-listed IODE Violet Downey Book Award, 2013