Everything on a Waffle by Polly Horvath
The books my mom recommends to me are always good ones.
This one was great. It centers around Primrose Squarp -- a young girl who is dogged in her belief that her parents, lost at sea, will be back shortly. But for all intents and purposes, she is an orphan. All kinds of antics ensue around who the State is going to get to be her guardian.
The book is quite tasty. Sprinkled with recipes (the one for tuna casserole was a hit with us!) and with situations wacky enough to be fun and believable enough to keep you hoping for the best, it's no wonder its a Newbery Honor.