Primrose Squarp simply knows her parents did not perish at sea during a terrible storm, but try convincing the other residents of Coal Harbour on that score. For all practical purposes, at least for the time being, Primrose is an orpahn, and there's no great clamoring of prospective adopters. After realizing the impracticality of contuining to pay Miss Perfidy an hourly wage to babysit her, the town council is able to locate a relative, Uncle Jack, who reluctantly takes Primrose into his care. But true sanctuary can always be found at a restaurant called the Girl in the Swing, where everything-including lasagna-is served on a waffle.
by Polly Horvath