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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
Hardcover, 183 pages
Published October 1st 2011 by Scholastic Press
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Pie is a book that I recommend to parents who want something Clean And Wholesome for their young impressionable readers, because woobly little stories set in the 1950s about Pies and Mysteries and Cats are pretty reliably lacking in sex and violence.


There are probably some exceptions.

Please message me if you find one.

Anywho, along with being both woobly and little, Pie, in a shocking twist that will surprise no one, is all about pie!



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
Thoughts After Reading:

Pie was a really sweet story with recipes mixed in the chapters. The whole town's love of Polly's pies and Polly herself was heartwarming. I'm happy with how everything turned out. I'm a little surprised there was an epilogue, but I didn't see it as a bad thing.


Aunt Polly, the Pie Queen of Ipswitch, has passed away. Her pies were famous and she was known as a kind, caring woman. She gave away her pies and with the help of her neighbors has been supplied the ingredie
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
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
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
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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
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
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
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
I'm currently reading this book. I thought that it is a very funny book so far. I am more than half may done with the book. It is the best book ever. I thought that this was the funniest book in the world. It is about this girl named Alice and her Aunt had a pie shop called PIE and when she died she left crust recipe to her cat and she left her cat to Alice. Alice and her friends go on a search to find the at who ran away and then they find the cat and many other things happened.
Pie is a deliciously delightful read. It was recommended to me by a 5th grader who was thrilled that it included recipes for pie. I enjoy children's books that take place back in time. In this case, it was the 50's making the action and characters believable and entertaining. Pie touches on the passing of a family member and how it makes one feel. The book also expresses the importance of friendship and family.
I liked that there is an Epilogue giving a detailed update after 40 years and each ch
I read this book for a 4th grade mother-daughter book club- my daughter loved it, but I just found it so-so. It did remind me of some adult mysteries I've read where the protagonist is a cook/caterer who finds herself solving mysteries in a small town and her recipes are scattered through the novel. Ten year old Alice is endearing and real. Maybe I was just disappointed that poor old mom had to be cast in such a negative light for most of the story..and that while lots of different and delicious ...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
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
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
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
Lisa Singleterry
I LOVED this book! It was touching, mysterious, funny...everything you want in a good family book. Plus the pie recipes look fantastic. Can't wait to try a couple of them! My daughters (7 and 5) also really liked this book.
E loved this book and asked me to read it last year. I finally got around to it and it is a nutmeg nominee this year. Now he wants to bake some of the pies!
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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
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