cover image One Year in Coal Harbor

One Year in Coal Harbor

Polly Horvath, read by Kathleen McInerney. Listening Library, unabridged, five CDs, 5.75 hrs., $30 ISBN 978-0-449-01412-7

In this sequel to the Newbery Honor book Everything on a Waffle, young Primrose’s peaceful life in the tiny town of Coal Harbor in British Columbia is interrupted by a series of events both positive and negative, including the arrival of Ked, a foster child who becomes her close friend; the clear-cut logging of the local mountain that threatens the woods she loves; and her Uncle Jack’s maddening inability to form a romantic connection with Miss Bowzer, even though Primrose is sure they’re meant for each other. Kathleen McInerney is a perfect narrator for this material, her versatile voice conveying the unique personalities of the eccentric cast of characters: the young optimistic tones of Primose, the aw-shucks drawl of Bert, the flighty, fluttery voice of Evie, and, most amusingly, the clogged and stuffy voice of Eleanor, Primrose’s annoying tattletale classmate, who has a perpetual sinus infection. A well-paced story and likable characters, combined with excellent narration, make this a very enjoyable listen. Ages 9–12. A Schwartz & Wade hardcover. (Sept.)