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

Thanksgiving Equals Pie (Books)

November 22nd, 2015 by

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


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:


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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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:


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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