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Pie Hardcover – October 1, 2011
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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
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.Read more ›
The pie recipes are a huge bonus. We're planning on making a couple of the recipes from the book together soon.
Four stars because some parts were a little scary for the kids...a body in a coffin, someone breaking into a little kid's bedroom at night...it all fits well into the story, but until you get to the end, some of those things were quite scary for them. Maybe I shouldn't have read the book at bedtime?
An adult woman named Alice narrates the story from the perspective of her 12-year-old girlhood memory. It begins at a time shortly after her beloved Aunt Polly, unexpectedly dies. Aunt Polly was a lovely, kindhearted, eccentric woman, who lived simply. She also possessed a unique blend of strong ethics along with an award winning talent for pie making.
The sudden loss of the town's pie maker extraordinaire affects the town on many levels. Adding to this is the revelation of her cryptic will, which leaves everyone in multiple states of grief, confusion, suspicion, and among a few...competition.
Poor little Alice felt the pain of her Aunt's loss most of all. Time spent with Aunt Polly was treasured. Alice could confide in her Aunt, and Polly's attention always made Alice feel good.
What makes this story so delightful is the element of satisfaction that stays with the reader. (Much like that full feeling you get after eating a great slice of pie.) The author, like the pie maker, takes joy in using her talents to provide some intellectual dessert and intrigue to the lives of others. Sprinkled among the chapters are some nice pie recipes. Best of all, the brain food stays on your mind, not on your hips.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Sweet little book. Good short read probably perfect for an 11 or 12 year old.Published 26 days ago by M. Holder
The moral is that jealousy will not get you anywhere. The main character of the book is a young woman who loves her Aunt Polly very dearly. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Alecia J Rojas
PIE by Sarah Weeks is one of the best books I've ever read. My favorite part was at the end of each chapter, there was a cliffhanger which made me eager to read more. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Shwstopr21
this was a very fun book, I was always in a hurry to get to the next page to see what would happen next!Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
Another granddaughter said this book was really fun. She really liked it.Published 6 months ago by Karen Bueler
We ordered this because it was a sunshine state reader book. Very happy that it arrived exactly as described. The kids loved it.Published 6 months ago by Cassandra Peindl