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From the award-winning author of SO B. IT, a story about family, friendship, and...pie!

When Alice's Aunt Polly, the Pie Queen of Ipswitch, passes away, she takes with her the secret to her world-famous pie-crust recipe. Or does she? In her will, Polly leaves the recipe to her extraordinarily fat, remarkably disagreeable cat, Lardo . . . and then leaves Lardo in the care of...more
Hardcover, 183 pages
Published October 1st 2011 by Scholastic Press
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Ms. Yingling

Weeks, Sarah. Pie.
Alice’s Aunt Polly is the very best pie maker in her small town, and has even won multiple Blueberry Awards from her pies, but she gives them away instead of making a huge amount of money. She is very supportive of Alice, so when she dies suddenly, Alice is crushed. The people of the town react in their own ways at the loss, many of them trying (and failing) to bake similar pies. Alice’s mother is bitter that Polly had such a loyal following and such talent, and when it turns o...more
I think it was an awesome book!!! i loved how the settings always changed, because then it gets boring and then i don't like it. I liked it when every chapter it has a different pie recipe!!! it was a good mystery book and I enjoyed reading it. It is about a girl that has an aunt that is the best pie maker in the small town that they live in. When the aunt dies she leaves a note behind saying that she left he most famous apple pie recipe to Lardo the cat. When the note is passed o to different p...more
Jenn Estepp
I like things that are not pie but which remind me of pie. Pushing Daisies. Twin Peaks (which I am, coincidentally, re-watching right now). Er, other things I can't think of right now. Will I be adding this to the list? Sure, why not? It's a cute little slice (haha, puns are dumb) of historical/mystery/small-town whatever. I didn't love it and, while others found the "Blueberry Award" and "Mock Blueberry" competition cute, it was a little too insider-y, wink wink, nudge nudge for me. But it's an...more
I liked this book. I found it hard to believe that reporters would climb through children's windows in the 1950's, but the pie descriptions prompted me to get in my car and find a pie. Overall, a really sweet read.
Monica Edinger
Charming and unique. Will be interested to see what others think about this one.
I loved this book. I got it in my latest Scholastic order at school--and dug right in.

Here's the blurb from the back cover: "When Alice's aunt Polly, The Pie Queen of Ipswitch, passes away, she takes with her the secret to her world-famous pie crust recipe. Or does she? In her will, Polly leaves the recipe to her extraordinarily fat, remarkably disagreeable cat, Lardo...and then leaves Lardo in the care of Alice. Suddenly, the whole town is wondering how you leave a recipe to a cat. Everyone wa...more
Pie by Sarah Weeks features a main course of pie, with portions of family, friendship and mystery served up.

Polly Portman's expertise as a pie maker puts her small town of Ipswitch, PA on the map after she wins the national Bluberry Award for her pie year afrer year. Polly gives away her delicious pies, featuring her secret piecrust recipe, and receives ingredients in return, which she bakes into more pies. When Polly passes away, she leaves her piecrust recipe to Lardo, and leaves Lardo, her cr...more
When Alice’s Aunt Polly dies, the entire community of Ipswitch feels the loss. Polly, the Pie Queen, left behind quite a void, one that had been filled by her pie shop and her incredible gift for baking pies. Every resident had a favorite and with her death, they knew they would never taste them again. But for Alice it is much worse, she has lost one of her dearest friends as well as the shop where she spent much of her time. Her Aunt Polly left the recipe for her award-winning pie crust to Lard...more
Michelle Isenhoff
This book is delightful. That’s not a word I usually use. It’s sort of an old-fashioned word that’s not really my style. A word old ladies might use to describe a chickadee singing on a sunny day or a glass of spiced tea in the winter. But it’s the word that comes to mind. Pie is simply a delight to read.

Eleven-year-old Alice lives in Ipswitch, Pennsylvania, and her Aunt Polly Portman is its pie queen. Polly never asks for payment, she simply takes pride and pleasure in pleasing others with her...more
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Pie by Sarah Weeks


Alice’s Aunt Polly is famous for her pies. She’s won the coveted Blueberry 13 years in a row. The secret lies in her world famous pie crust. Alice adores Aunt Polly, not just for her delicious peach pie, but because Aunt Polly gives Alice the love she craves from her mother. When Aunt Polly suddenly passes away, leaving her famous recipe to Lardo (her beloved cat), Alice’s world is turned upside down as the whole community goes pie-crazy in an effort to replace Aunt Pol...more
Dorothy Schultz
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The golden sower book I am writing about is “Pie” by Sarah Weeks. The target audience I would recommend this book to is intermediates and the genre, a realistic fiction chapter book. Week’s writes a whimsical “who done it” mystery set in the 1950’s with a young boy and girl trying to solve a mystery while building a lasting friendship. It’s a well written book with actual pie recipes. I believe this books leans more towards young girls and mystery readers. A person c...more
Jeff Raymond
Every so often, that book comes along that you finish reading and say "man, I really wish I had that book available to me when I was younger." The last book to truly do that to me was Stargirl, which is a brilliant read in itself in its ability to both hold some significant meaning and destroy you a little bit on the inside in order to do some repair what ails you.

Pie did this to me.

Pie is, on its basis, about a girl coping. Her aunt was a great woman, respected in town and such. When a tragedy...more
Alice Anderson's aunt has died, and the entire town is mourning the loss. Aunt Polly, owner of PIE, America's premier pie shop and winner of five Blueberry Awards from the American Pie Association, was not only the engine of the entire town's economy, with buses full of tourists coming in to sample her wares, but also the sweetest, kindest lady you'd ever know. And now that she's gone, Alice has lost her favorite person in the world, her best friend, and the maker of her very favorite peach pie-...more
Way too arch and cute for me, and I would have felt the same as a child, I think. Alice is sort of bumbling, there's no discernable reason for this book to be set in the 1950s, I didn't get the point of the epilogue (and why is that set in 1995?), and it just isn't that hard to make pretty good pie. It's all sort of cartoony, the villains, all the townspeople making inedible pie, the logistically nonsensical Blueberry award, the idea that a girl and her mother would get rich from writing and per...more
Nina Lane

This book made me happy. AND it's about pie.

Eleven-year-old Alice is very close to her Aunt Polly, the best pie maker in the town of Ipswitch. Polly loves baking pies so much that she refuses to charge money for them, preferring to give them away to make people happy. Alice is happy just sitting in the bakery, being near her Aunt Polly, and she's devastated when Polly dies unexpectedly. Her last words are "Thank you very much."

What follows is a fun mystery involving Polly's will, which leaves he...more
Grace D.
Nov 06, 2012 Grace D. is currently reading it
Right now I'm reading Pie by Sarah Weeks. I love this book because the main character Polly A.K.A pie making legend, dies and leaves all her respites to a cat. Well not just any cat her "extraordinarily fat, remarkably disagreeable "cat Lardo and makes him "in charge"of her only Neisse Alice. If I was Alice I would probably be pretty mad because her only and favorite aunt polly passes away and gives all her famous pie recipes to a cat! I mean how do you give a ( fat ) cat a pie recipe! If I hade...more
Green Bean
One cup sinister, one cup sweet, with a heaping tablespoon of zany! Set in the 1950's Pie is a classic cooking caper with a baker's dozen scrumptious pie recipes tossed in for good measure! Alice's dear Aunt Polly passes away, leaving her pro-bono pie workshop unmanned, and bequeathing her Blueberry Award-winning crust recipe to her fat cat Lardo--which doesn't make a whiff of sense! Now everybody in Ipswitch, PA is angling to inherit Aunt Polly's Pie Queen title and get filthy rich while they'r...more
This lovely little middle grade novel evoked strong pie-nostalgia for me. My mother is a terrific baker, and when I was young, she's always make 'pie cookies' with the left-over pie crust dough. She'd coat the dough with butter or margarine, then sprinkle it liberally with sugar and cinnamin, roll up the dough, gut it into bite-size pieces and then pop them into the oven. As a kid, pie cookies were every bit as much a treat as pie was. BTW, her two killer pies were raisin merangue and open-face...more
Pam Moore
Jul 09, 2013 Pam Moore marked it as to-read
Audience: Intermediate
Genre: Realistic Fiction
Discussion Questions:
Remembering: What kind of sandwich did Alice and her Aunt Polly like to eat?
Understanding: Explain what Charlie meant when he said to Alice, "Your aunt Polly never would have talked to a person the way you just talked to me." (p. 84)
Applying: What would result if you owned a store and didn't accept money for the goods you 'sold?'
Analyzing: What is the relationship between Alice and her mother?
Evaluating: Do you agree with Aunt Po...more
Susan P
I really liked this one! It's a sweet story with a satisfying ending - and a recipe at the beginning of every chapter (several of which I'm photocopying). Alice Anderson's Aunt Polly is the owner of Pie - an award winning pie shop in the small town of Ipswitch. At the beginning of the book, Aunt Polly dies unexpectedly, leaving her secret pie crust recipe to her cat, and her cat to her niece. Polly was famous for her pies, so now that she's gone, Alice becomes convinced that someone is trying to...more
Audience: Intermediate
Genre: Fiction-Mystery-Suspense-Comedy
Discussion Questions: Remembering: List the two things named 'Lardo' in the story. Understanding: Summarize the story, but don't give away who committed the crime. Applying: Think about when Alice and Charlie couldn't find Lardo. Tell what you would have done in that situation. Analyzing: What is the relationship between Alice and her mother and Alice and Aunt Polly? Evaluating: What is your opinion of Alice's mother at the beginning of...more
There are certain children's books about loss and grief and finding happiness again that adults would do well to read, such as Radiant and The Higher Power of Lucky, and Pie is another such. It doesn't have the, well, radiance of Radiant, or the subtle artistry of The Higher Power of Lucky. But it does have charm, whimsy, laugh-out-loud moments, and matter-of-fact insight. Plus, a whole whack of good recipes. This is a very creditable juvenile entry into the well-represented adult genre of culin...more
Pie is a story of mystery, grief, and misunderstanding. Alice loses her Aunt Polly, her aunt's gift of pie-baking, and the only person that she feels loves and understands her unconditionally. As she works through her beloved aunt's death, she comes to understand her self, her gifts, and her mother much better.

One of my students read this book and recommended it to me. She didn't mention which part she enjoyed most, but I loved the part where Alice and her mother realize that they have misunders...more
Audience: Intermediate
Genre: Realistic Fiction

Remembering: Who are the main characters?
Understanding: What is meant by the saying "always a bridesmaid, never a bride"?
Applying: What questions would you ask if you we're Alice, trying to solve the mystery of Lardo the cat and the pie crust recipe?
Analyzing: What is the relationship between Alice and Charlie Erdling?
Evaluating: What is your opinion of Alice's mother throughout the story? How does she change her attitude from the beginning of th...more
Looking forward to the author coming to visit our Middle School this week! This was a delightful read, with recipes!
Sarah Weeks’ Pie is an excellent read aloud. There are many students who have a vivid imagination and Alice is one of them. Alice was blessed to grown up under the loving eye of her aunt Polly. Alice’s auntie had always loved making pies. Long before Alice was born, Polly Anderson took her inheritance and split it in half. She set half aside for her living expenses and spent the remainder on an old storefront building in downtown Ispwitch, Pennsylvania for her pie shop. Interesting enough, Polly...more
This was a serendipitous find in my To Read pile. It turned out to be exactly what I needed after Shine. Both books deal with a young woman (16 in Myracle's book, 12 in this one) who is grieving in a small town. Both books address the loss of work in their respective towns. One is YA, and looks seriously at the myriad problems that chronic un- and under-employment create: not just poverty, but educational disadvantages, chemical dependency, depression, fractured families, violence, criminal work...more
Emily Sisco
Audience: intermediate
Genre: realistic fiction and somewhat informational too
Discussion Questions:
-remembering: Name two things that Charlie helped Alice with.
-understanding: How would you characterize Charlie?
-applying: How is Alice similar to her Aunt Polly?
-analyzing: What is the relationship between Alice and Mrs. Anderson (her mother)?
-evaluating: What is your opinion of Miss Quizenberry and why do you feel that way?
-creating: Create a new ending to the story.
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Sarah Weeks has been writing children’s books and songs for the past twenty years. She is a graduate of Hampshire College and NYU and recently became an adjunct faculty member in the prestigious Writing Program at the New School University, in New York City.

Her first YA novel, So B. It, which appeared on the LA Times bestseller list was chosen as an ALA Best Book for Young Adults and received the...more
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