Eleven-year-old Primrose is sure her parents were not killed at sea, but no one will listen to her. For now, she's living with Uncle Jack, who reluctantly took her in. Over time, a local restaurant owner takes her under her wing, teaches her to cook, and helps her feel loved. Her lively recital of her misadventures and the town's memorable characters are both hilarious and poignant.
Publisher's Weekly called this book "a laugh-out-loud pleasure from beginning to triumphant end."
- Newbery Honor Book 2002
- Boston Globe – Horn Book Award
- New York Public Library Best 100 Children's Books
- Child Magazine Best Books of the Year
- Boston Globe-Horn Book Award
- American Library Association Notable Children's Books
Level: Grade 5+ DRA Level: 50 Lexile Measure: 950L
Grade Equivalent: 5.9 Guided Reading: V
There are two covers for this book. We believe the one on the left is the updated version and the one on the right is a previous version. Which is good... the left one is much cuter. :)
This book was an honoree for the prestigious Newbery Award for best children's literature. Click to see the full list of Newbery Award Winners.