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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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Ms. Yingling
Feb 20, 2012 Ms. Yingling rated it liked it

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
Jenn Estepp
Nov 26, 2011 Jenn Estepp rated it liked it
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
May 30, 2015 Adriana rated it it was amazing
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
Apr 13, 2012 Whisperwind rated it it was amazing
I got a signed copy of this book from a family member (darn me, I can't remember who!). I have read this book at least three times. I don't like mysteries, but this book is just one of those exceptions. Especially since there is a cat involved.
I liked that the recipes for pies (mentioned in the book) are at the beginning of each chapter. Another thing I like is that Polly Portman put her personal notes at the bottom.
What I don't like is that Alice's mom thinks she is ignored because her sister (
Oct 23, 2012 Natalia rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantastic-books
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
Feb 20, 2012 Fran rated it really liked it
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
May 21, 2011 Monica Edinger rated it really liked it
Charming and unique. Will be interested to see what others think about this one.
Anonymous Phenomenon
Feb 12, 2017 Anonymous Phenomenon rated it really liked it
Deliciously narrated and an original story.
Jan 31, 2017 Cati rated it really liked it
I love cooking-themed books with real recipes included! This was a super cute story and easy to read. Definitely a good one for a 3rd-4th grader (boys and girls). The girls in the book club all really liked it and we had a great discussion about the secret piecrust recipe while taste-testing different pies and making a mess with whipped cream. :)
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Michelle Isenhoff
Sep 28, 2012 Michelle Isenhoff rated it really liked it
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
Dec 02, 2011 Bethany rated it it was amazing
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
Apr 09, 2011 Tasha rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens-books
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
Dec 30, 2011 David rated it liked it
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
Jul 09, 2013 Dorothy rated it really liked it
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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
Oct 13, 2011 Lolene rated it really liked it
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
Mar 18, 2012 Beverly rated it really liked it
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
Kassandra Hickson
Oct 02, 2016 Kassandra Hickson rated it it was amazing
Unfortunately Alice's beloved aunt Polly, the queen of pie suddenly passes. Every one is talking about her secret pie recipe now. They say that Polly left her secret recipe with her very, very fat cat Lardo. Alice soon learns that the cat will move in with her, but people are becoming jealous. They want that pie recipe so bad, and they will go through almost anything to get it. Alice soon meets a boy named Charlie. Charlie becomes friends with Meg and they crack the case of the missing and myste ...more
Dec 15, 2011 Wendy rated it it was ok
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
Feb 13, 2013 Nina Lane rated it really liked it

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 05, 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
Nov 06, 2011 Green Bean rated it it was amazing
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
Oct 27, 2011 Ashley rated it liked it
Shelves: juvenile
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
Jul 04, 2013 Emily rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s-lit
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
May 17, 2012 Chris rated it it was amazing
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
Dec 14, 2015 Mayda rated it it was amazing
Lardo is a fat and disagreeable cat to most, but loved by Alice’s Aunt Polly. When Polly passes away, she leaves her prize-winning pie crust recipe to Lardo and Lardo to her beloved niece Alice. The whole town is up in arms! They miss Polly, but they especially miss her pies, and they want to know how Polly made the crust. It is a mystery, and some unsavory sorts show up in town in search of the recipe. Alice and Lardo may be in danger and no one can find the recipe! A cute story with just enoug ...more
Susan  Dunn
Mar 15, 2012 Susan Dunn rated it it was amazing
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
April Murillo
Oct 26, 2016 April Murillo rated it it was amazing
Alice a young girl had an aunt who was a really good pie baker, some people call her the queen of pies. Every Sunday she would watch her aunt give her costomers her pies. She did not charge for her pies they where all free, she belived if something makes you happy why charge. Polly (the aunt) had a cat named lardo and a small pie shop in ipswich , she has won 3 blueberry awords .When she passes a way they read her will that said the cat gets the recipes and alice got the cat. Every one in ipswic ...more
Pam Moore
Jul 07, 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
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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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