Pie by Sarah Weeks
Publication date: 01 October 2011 by Scholastic Inc.
ISBN 10/13: 0545270111 | 9780545270113
Category: Middle Grade Realistic Fiction
Keyword: Middle grade, fiction, realistic, mystery, pie, family
Format: Hardcover, eBook
PIE starts with the unexpected death of The Pie Queen of Ipswitch, Polly Portman. A pie phenom, Polly has graced the town of Ipswitch with her delicious pies for years. She opens up her own pie shop, Pie, in order to share her creations with the world. Polly doesn't accept money for her pies. Instead, customers "pay" for their pies by leaving fresh and delicious ingredients at Polly doorstep. The town mourns her untimely passing but no one misses her more than her niece Alice.
Polly was her best friend and Alice misses the hours she would spend in Polly's company at the shop. When Polly's will is read and word gets out that her famous pie crust recipe was left to her cat, the whole town is in an uproar. Soon, everyone is up to their ears in pies as people in town try to be the next award winning pie baker. Then Aunt Polly's cat disappears and the pie shop is ransacked and Alice knows that there's more to the story than just teenagers getting their kicks. She and her friend Charlie start their own investigation to figure out what's going on and find the recipe to happiness along the way.
Who can resist a slice of homemade pie? Not me, that's for sure. I picked up Pie on a whim from the library last week. The cute cover caught my eye and I just couldn't resist the title. A charming book with a lot of hear, Pie is a delicious reminder that happiness is more than just money or fame and that love, friendship and being true to yourself are the key to true happiness.
I had such a fun time reading this book! It's funny and smart without too much drama. The mystery kept me on my toes and I didn't know where it was going until the very end. I really liked Alice as the heroine. She is clever and kind and I enjoyed her made-up songs. I admit that I really didn't like Alice's mother at first. She was super jealous of her sister Polly's success and she seemed more interested in getting the pie crust recipe than in the death of her family member. My opinion changed as the story went on though as we learned more about her and her attitude did change for the better.
I also loved Lardo the cat! Who wouldn't love a sardine-eating fat cat named after shortening? And each book chapter starts off with a pie recipe. The chocolate mousse, peach, lemon chess and apple pie look especially tasty. Who am I kidding? I'd eat them all! Unfortunately Polly's famous pie crust recipe is not included.
Pie was a quirky, fun read that I think children, adults, and pie lovers of all ages will enjoy. Warning--don't read this book on an empty stomach. Aunt Polly used to say "A little pie never hurt anybody." I couldn't agree more.
Visit the author online at www.sarahweeks.com