It’s usually a pretty safe bet to pick up a Newbery Honor Book…most of the time those panel members really know what they’re talking about. I was a little disappointed with this one, though. Every once in a while, the people who choose the books go a little crazy. In this case, it seemed like the panel members just didn’t want the little readers to have to deal with any heartache or drama. I’ll explain in a minute.
The story was an easy read (as I figured, given the subject and all). It was about a young girl who lost her parents and had to live with her uncle, a real estate developer. He moves to her small town with grand ideas about upgrading it, much to the chagrin of the locals (including the local diner owner, who’s claim to fame is serving all meals on a waffle, hence the name of the book).
I guess the real problem I had with this book was it had the potential to be a real story, but it copped out right at the end. Too bad! It could have been great.