Pie by Sarah Weeks

March 5th, 2019 by

pie-sarah-weeksSubmitted by Addie, Age 9 from Missouri

Rating: ★★★★½

Pie is a amazing book. It is about this girl name Anna. Her aunt Polly dies. It isn’t good because she made the best pie in town. But after she dies the whole town goes crazy after her pies. Nobody is there normal self anymore,Not even Anna. But then people go so crazy people they even break into her shop to get the recipe. But it is nowhere to be found. But what nobody knows it is somewhere right in front of there eyes. Read the rest to find out the mystery of Polly Portman

Save Me a Seat: Book Review

January 8th, 2017 by

save-me-a-seatI have to admit, I judged this book by its cover. If you know anything about me by now, it’s that I loooooooooooooove food. Love it. LOVE. IT. So when I saw the lunch trays on this cover, I was like, “YES! I must read this book!” And I’m really glad that I did!

Save Me a Seat is told in alternating chapters from the perspectives of Joe (written by Sarah Weeks) and Ravi (written by Gita Varadarajan):

Joe is having a tough time, now that his best friends have moved away; they were the main thing helping him cope with being bullied by the most popular boy in their class. And now things are getting even worse, ever since Joe’s mom started working as a lunch monitor at his school — embarrassing him on a daily basis. Plus, Joe’s new teacher this year doesn’t seem to understand that his Auditory Processing Disorder makes him anxious about speaking in class. Why couldn’t things just be like last year?

Ravi is facing his own challenges, having just moved to the U.S. from India. At home, Ravi had tons of friends and was top of his class. Given his popularity, and with English as his first language, Ravi thought the transition to his new life in America would be easy. But boy was he wrong! His teacher and classmates have trouble understanding Ravi’s accented English, and none of them understand the culture he’s coming from — just as Ravi starts to realize he doesn’t understand the culture and expectations at his new school. Why couldn’t his family just have stayed in India, where everything was great?

Joe and Ravi are obviously very different from one another, and at first, that’s all that they can see about each other. But this book is about the importance of looking beyond surface level and getting to know other people’s many layers. At least, that’s what Miss Frost says is important when she meets with both Joe and Ravi at school. But can these two classmates move past their assumptions and come together as allies? Not until they can look deeper and understand the complex layers within themselves

I really enjoyed getting to know both Ravi and Joe. Each boy has his own unique voice and story, and I loved learning about their lives. Each character also opened up a new world to me: I was not familiar with Auditory Processing Disorder before reading Joe’s chapters, and I also appreciated the window into Ravi’s family’s background and experience as immigrants from India.

I was also really glad to discover that this book takes place over a single week. To be honest, when I read the book description, I was a bit concerned that this would be a heavy book, requiring me to follow the difficult lives of two students as they suffered through a tough school year. Instead, the short chapters and day-by-day frame of Save Me a Seat made the book a smooth, effortless read. Which is not to say that the book is simple — just like Ravi and Joe, it has layers.

And in case you were wondering, the food descriptions did not disappoint either! I perked up every time Joe mentioned his mother’s cooking, and my mouth watered as I read the descriptions of Ravi’s Indian lunches. Darn it, now I’m hungry! And I’m curious: What’s your favorite thing to eat for school lunch? Leave a comment with your answer!

— Karen

As a kid, Karen’s favorite school lunch was sloppy joes. Now that she no longer eats beef, Karen’s always in search of a good vegetarian version. Holla at her if you know a good place in New York! 🙂

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Honey by Sarah Weeks

July 30th, 2016 by

Honey_Sarah_WeeksSubmitted by Mishal, Age 11 from OTHER

Rating: ★★★★½

Honey is a book about a girl named Melody who lives alone with her dad as her mom passed away after she was born. One day Melody heard her dad call someone “Honey” on the phone. Her and her best friend went on a search to find out who “Honey” was. This is a good book. It is also about a French bulldog named Mo. This book is pretty interesting.

Thanksgiving Equals Pie (Books)

November 22nd, 2015 by

Thanksgiving is right around the corner, and we all know that that means…

run-turkey-time

But since I don’t eat turkey, the main Thanksgiving meal event for me is always dessert. And obviously, Thanksgiving dessert = PIE!

So today, I’m highlighting two books that honor that amazing sweet treat: Pie by Sarah Weeks and The Truth About Twinkie Pie by Kat Yeh. These stories aren’t about the Thanksgiving holiday, but they do focus on the way that food can bring us together and connect older and younger generations. After all, food isn’t just for eating; food is tradition, memory, and sharing.

We’ve already reviewed these two books on Kidsmomo, so I wanted to offer some new tasty tidbits from the authors:

Highlights from a Scholastic interview with Sarah Weeks about Pie:

If you had to describe your new book, PIE, in five words, what would they be?
Sarah Weeks: Heartfelt. Wholesome. Funny. Sweet. Delicious.

In PIE we learn a lot about the pie preferences of a number of the book’s characters. Did their personalities easily dictate their taste in pies? How many different kinds of pie did you bake before settling on the recipes you included in the book?
Sarah Weeks: I knew right from the start that Alice’s favorite pie would be peach. To me, nothing tastes more like summer than peach pie. I began collecting pie recipes from friends and family while I was still working on my first draft. As the recipes poured in, it was fun to try to match the pies to the characters in the book. I love to bake so I often make pies, but last summer (2010) I only baked pies that I was considering for the book.

Lardo the cat is not what most people would consider an “ideal” companion. Was he inspired by any pets you’ve known?
Sarah Weeks: Um, I know this will be an unpopular answer with many, but I’m not a cat lover. I’m a dog person. I grew to love Lardo in the course of writing PIE, but I wouldn’t really want to own him.

Warning: If you check out the rest of the interview, just know that there’s one spoiler about the book in Sarah Weeks’ answers!

And if you want to try your hand at making twinkie pie, here’s a step-by-step video with author Kat Yeh:

Yum!

What’s your dessert plan for this Thanksgiving? Leave a comment and tell me your favorite kind of pie!

— Karen

Karen prefers cream pies over fruit pies, but obviously she’ll never turn down any kind of pie! If you have extra, let her know!

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Regular Guy by Sarah Weeks

March 6th, 2014 by

Regular-Guy_Sarah-WeeksSubmitted by Natalie, Age 11 from New York

Rating: ★★★★★

it was a really good book and really really really funny.

Kidsmomo Podcast #68: Dog Days and Hamster Horror

May 1st, 2012 by

What do you get when you put together a dog who’s trained to attack and a really fat hamster? Our latest podcast! Don’t worry — no animals were harmed in the making of our podcast; it just so happens that our book picks both feature some crazy critters!

Also tune in for mumbling, jazz hands, and a review from you!

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  • Karen’s book review: Showoff by Gordon Korman
  • Nancy’s book review: The Great Hamster Massacre by Katie Davies
  • A review from YOU: So B. It by Sarah Weeks
  • Nancy fails at pet care (aka “Did that hamster get cloned?!”)

And don’t forget: write in with a book review below. We’ll feature a kid review in our next podcast!

— Karen and Nancy

So B. It by Sarah Weeks

April 10th, 2012 by

so-b-it-sarah-weeks-book-reviewSubmitted by Hayden, Age 9 from Georgia

Rating: ★★★★★

This is an amazing story! It really
Moves you. It is about a twelve year old girl that lives with her mom that only knows 23 words! She meets her neighbor burnadette that Is afraid of the outside world. When the girl Heidi the twelve year hears a word her mom has been saying which Is Soof.Heidi has to find out what it means.She also finds a picture of her mom when she is young. Then she heads out by herself to New York to find out more about her life,mom,and the word Soof. It is an amazing and beautiful story! Great for all ages!

PIE by Sarah Weeks: Book Review

February 2nd, 2012 by

As any faithful Kidsmomo visitor knows, I love food. Actually, I don’t just love food — I LOVE food. Like, this is what my face looks like when I think of food, eat food, prepare food, or talk about food:

excited-dog-face

So you won’t be surprised to hear that I really enjoyed the book Pie by Sarah Weeks. It’s about Alice, who loves to spend her days at her Aunt Polly’s pie shop, which is award-winning and renowned around the country. But when Polly passes away, she leaves her secret pie crust recipe to her cat — and she leaves the cat to Alice.

pie-sarah-weeksAlice is consumed with grief over her aunt’s death, but it soon becomes clear that someone else in town has more devious thoughts on the brain — somebody’s out to find the pie crust recipe, at any cost!

As you can see, although food is a big part of Pie, there’s much more to the story. I really liked Alice, as well as Charlie, who becomes Alice’s detective partner as they try to get to the bottom of things. Of course, it doesn’t hurt that every chapter starts with a different pie recipe! Maybe a Kidsmomo bake-off rematch is in the cards!

If you’ve worked up an appetite for Pie, you can read an excerpt online! And if you’ve already read the book, leave a comment with your thoughts! Did you find the book as sweet and delicious as I did?

— Karen

Karen’s favorite kind of pie, hands down, is banana cream. Although a few years ago she discovered banoffee pie, which is also delightful. Yes, Karen likes banana desserts.

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