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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 930L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic Press; First Edition edition (October 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0545270111
  • ISBN-13: 978-0545270113
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.6 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (120 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #407,336 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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* “This is lovely writing--real, touching, and pared cleanly down to the essentials.” – Booklist, starred review

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“The search for home and history is one that readers will find compelling.” – Kirkus Reviews

About the Author

Sarah Weeks is the author of Oggie Cooder, So B. It, Jumping the Scratch, and the Guy series. She lives in New York, where she writes and bakes. Her favorite pie is blueberry.

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Sarah Weeks is the author of Oggie Cooder, So B. It, Jumping the Scratch, and the Guy series. She lives in New York City, where she practices charving at least once a fortnight.

Customer Reviews

All the characters are well developed.
Hope Irvin Marston
All packed in the fun and mystery of a lovely book.
Michelle DeLizio Podlesni
Highly recommended read for readers of all ages!
L. S. Kopfer

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By E. Kennen on September 12, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
"Polly Portman was a natural born pie maker" so it was no surprise that she grew up to be the "Pie Queen of Ipswitch." What was surprising was that she gave her pies away... but the good townspeople (and pie lovers) of Ipswitch made it work by leaving Polly groceries for which to make new pies. Polly's niece Alice loved nothing more than to help out Aunt Polly at her store. And then one day Polly died.

This preview includes the first two chapters of the book PIE, plus two pie recipes. The preview has many mouth-watering details about baking, and not too much plot development, but it's clear that something intriguing is about to happen in Alice's life. I wouldn't imagine PIE's style is for every kid, but if it intrigues you, you should check out this free preview - you have nothing to lose. 3.5 stars
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on November 12, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
The first event in the story was Alice coming every day to work with Polly in her pie shop. A few years later Polly dies and in her will Alice is given her grouchy cat Lardo. Also, her will says she left the secret piecrust recipe to Lardo. Soon every one is wondering how you leave a piecrust recipe to a cat. They want to know because since Polly past away, they want to be the next winner of the blueberry award contest. Next a thief comes into the Pie Shop trying to find the secret recipe and ends up steeling Lardo too! By solving a few mysteries Alice and her friend Charlie catch the thief and discover the secret recipe. The setting changed throughout the book sometimes it was in the Pie Shop and sometimes at Alice's house. The problem was no one knew the secret piecrust recipe. The solution to the problem was the guy from the company of Lardo. He said that she meant she left the secret to the company Lardo. Soon every thing is back to normal and the secret recipe is saved!
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Sarah on December 21, 2011
Format: Hardcover
After listening to Sarah Weeks read from Pie and talk about her book, I couldn't wait to start reading it. The section she read made my mouth water, and it only got worse when I started reading the story. She has done a fantastic job describing Aunt Polly's pies; she even includes real pie recipes at the beginning of each chapter! Along with the strong details and imagery, Weeks also uses a wonderful variety of figurative language like similes and metaphors. She's written Alice as a very likeable and sweet young character that you can't help but admire. Alice loves her Aunt Polly and misses her dearly, which makes her want to uncover the secrets behind Polly's pie-crust recipe even more. Tweens will enjoy the mystery and the humor. I would have given this story 4 out of 5 stars, but the epilogue left me feeling deflated after reading a fun, light novel. I don't like the epilogue at all and really don't understand why Weeks felt it necessary to include it.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By KidsReads on November 11, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Polly Portman owned a pie shop called --- what else? --- "Pie" in the very small town of Ipswitch, Pennsylvania. Alice spent many happy hours with her Aunt Polly at the shop, keeping her company, being an extra pair of hands, and learning a lot about the art and science of pie making in the process. What was most unusual about the shop was that Polly never charged for her pies. She just could not bring herself to accept money for doing what she loved to do --- bake delicious pies and give them away to anyone who wanted one. Fresh fruit, cartons of eggs, bags of flour, and other pie ingredients mysteriously appeared each morning on Polly's doorstep, and those gifts were turned into wonderful pies with crusts that were amazingly delicious.

A reporter for the local newspaper wrote an article about Polly and her pies. When the Associated Press printed the story, Polly and her pies became famous overnight, and folks came from all over the country for the delectable treats. All the local pie bakers wanted to know the recipe for Polly's pie crust, which had won her many, many awards, called Blueberries, but that recipe was the one and only thing that Polly refused to share.

When Polly quietly died in her sleep, the residents of Ipswitch were saddened to lose such a good friend. No one was sadder than Alice, who dearly loved her aunt. In her will, Polly actually left her secret pie crust recipe to her very huge and very unfriendly white cat, Lardo. And she left Lardo to Alice.

Confusion reigned, and it turned the little town upside down. Someone broke into the pie shop and vandalized it while searching for the recipe. The recipe simply had to be somewhere. How could a cat own a pie crust recipe? People even wondered if it was written on Lardo's huge belly.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By H. Hess on November 19, 2013
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Pie is a great book for all ages. I am 12 years old and I loved it. My mom read it and she loved it as well. It always kept me on my toes. It was fun predicting who the thief was. If you're looking for a good book to read, I would recommend this book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By L. S. Kopfer on December 11, 2013
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My 8 & 10 year olds read it together with me and each of us loved every page!!! We knew all along who did it but it didn't matter... The real mystery was in how they'd figure it out! The best part of the book was the surprise ending, in more ways than one. Highly recommended read for readers of all ages!
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