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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (June 11, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316089168
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316089166
  • Product Dimensions: 7.7 x 5.5 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #378,929 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Gr 5-8-Joss is bored with his simple job of delivering pies for the Supreme Overlord of the Universe (his dad). Soon, however, something goes badly wrong, and it is Joss's responsibility to rebuild Earth. Entertaining, unexpected, and irreverent, and yet packed with information about elemental physics and the contents of the universe.α(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Joss, seventh son of the Supreme Overlord of the Universe, delivers pies that “hold the universe together,” but compared to his brothers’ tasks, his job is menial. Living in The Realms, located inside dark matter, Joss is nearly immortal and complains that nothing ever happens. Then one day an Earth girl, Annika, spies The Realms through a telescope, and suddenly she is in The Realms. Joss’ best friend Kal and Kal’s parents are trapped in an unstable universe, and the Earth has been removed from the space-time continuum. Only Joss can fix things by rebuilding the entire solar system. Considering the premise, there is surprisingly little action. Joss spends most of his narration explaining things to the reader, and the rest of his time explaining things to Annika or trying to communicate with Kal. Still, science enthusiasts may enjoy the speculation about alternate universes, dark matter, and quantum physics. Grades 5-8. --Suzanne Harold

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Wendy Mass is the author of "A Mango-Shaped Space" and "Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life," published by Little, Brown in November 2006. She lives with her family in Sparta, NJ.

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It was written in that style but the book is clever.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By RobertM on June 30, 2013
Format: Hardcover
I absolutely love this book! I just bought extra copies for my daughter and am also sending one to a friend at camp. Wendy Mass' books are always a learning experience, a fun wild ride in a new world and a great read. I read all the books I let my daughter read, and I'm always thrilled when I get to read a new book of Ms. Mass. Keep them coming!!!!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Amy Torres on July 5, 2013
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Thank you, Amazon and Wendy Mass, for allowing the first 7 chapters to be downloaded for free. As the library tech at an elementary school, my summertime task is to read as many books as possible, in order to prioritize purchase with our limited funding. The premise of this book is a winner, and I was disappointed when I reached the end of the free preview. Pi in the Sky definitely goes on my list for ordering in August!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Hillary Sanford on August 2, 2013
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I loved this book. I took astronomy in high school, it ended up being A LOT of math. I learned how to use ALL the button on my scientific calculator. Which is was so boring. Some days the teacher would pop in a video of Carl Sagan and we loved it. He made the cosmos beautiful! This book reminds me of those videos. I loved the imagination and wonder Wendy has added to her book.
I also love that she has finally written a book addresses her love and curiosity of universe. We saw a little smattering in Jeremy Fink, then some more in Every Soul a Star. In this book she finally takes us off planet Earth.
I am a fifth grade teacher and would love to use this book as a read aloud during our space unit. Add some imagination into the boring numbers of how far everything is away from Earth!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By KidsReads on July 24, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Applied and theoretical science, coupled with the loss of a best friend and the extinction of planet Earth may not sound like the makings of an entertaining children's novel, but in the hands of the amazing Wendy Mass, it is more than entertaining; it's thoughtful, silly, smart and provocative, as well. PI IN THE SKY is Mass's latest, and it only further solidifies her reputation as one of the most interesting and innovative children's authors today.

The story belongs to Joss, the seventh (and youngest) son of the Supreme Lord of the Universe. Joss's father and brothers are in charge of maintaining the universe, and Joss works as a pie delivery guy. They live in The Realms, a place that is not a place really but made up of the dark matter holding everything in the universe together. Besides being essentially immortal and the son of the most powerful of the Powers That Be, Joss seems like an ordinary kid. He procrastinates on his school work, gets teased by his brothers and spends most of his time hanging out with his best friend, Kal.

But when a girl on the "primitive" but popular planet Earth spies the realms through her telescope, the Powers That Be enact swift justice: they obliterate the planet. As Joss knows from his billions of years in The Realms (where time is different than we are used to), planets come and go, and he shouldn't get too attached to any of them. The problem is Kal, along with his parents, happened to have been on Earth when it was destroyed, and to further complicate things, a 12-year-old human girl named Annika has shown up and thinks she is stuck in a crazy dream. When Joss is told, by one of the Powers That Be, that he may be able to rebuild Earth, get Annika home and bring Kal back as well, he is more than doubtful.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer Donovan TOP 1000 REVIEWER on August 22, 2013
Format: Hardcover
I love Wendy Mass' slightly quirky, humorous, heartfelt novels. When I started this novel, which focuses on Joss, the 7th son of the Supreme Overlord of the universe, I wondered if it was going to hit that note which I love so much.

Right off, we do see Joss' room for growth, as he feels unimportant in his family role, being the youngest, but seemingly entrusted with less than his brothers who help his father run the universe. All Joss does is deliver pies! When a girl with a telescope spies their planet, The Realms, this goes against the laws of nature, and so Earth is destroyed. It actually isn't destroyed, but it's as though it never existed. That means that Joss' best friend Kai is also destroyed, because his parents were on assignment there, and if they never existed, neither could he.

But Annika, the girl with the telescope, somehow gets sucked into a wormhole and ends up on The Realms. It is through her that we learn more about this planet and Joss' and his brothers' roles. Because she's a clueless earthling (as are we, the readers), the sci-fi aspect isn't too heavy. We get to see things on her level, and understanding comes little by little.

Suddenly, Joss isn't the least important brother, when he is tasked with the job of re-creating Earth. Annika is obviously the expert, so they have to work closely together, even though they can't decide whether to like each other or just be annoyed by the other's presence!

Each chapter starts off with an interesting quote from a scientist, which ties into the story, but will also quite possibly feed a youngster's love of space or science.

My 9-year-old son really liked this novel, and I was thinking it was okay, though not a favorite, until I got to the last 1/4. The ending was fantastic and elevated the whole story for me.
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