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4.04  ·  Rating details ·  10,616 ratings  ·  1,225 reviews
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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M Puri No, Ipswitch from PIE is not real but in England, there is an Ipswich
Esther Her name is Alice, and there is a cat named Lardo who is also very important.

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Sep 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book was an absolute delight to read !

I would have loved it when in 3rd or 4th grade and am pleased that now in my mid 50s I got immense pleasure from reading it.

I am happy to see wonderful stories are still being written today and even more pleased that I have never lost my childlike traits and that I can be thrilled to bits over a kid's book, rather than always reading adult material.

Nice but I don't see what all the hubbub is.
May 30, 2015 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
Jenn Estepp
Nov 26, 2011 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
Melanie  Brinkman
Apple, cherry, blueberry, oh my! But wait, who holds the secrets to making the perfect pie?

When the Pie Queen of Ipswitch passes away, she appears to take the secret of her world-famous pie crust recipe with her. But what if she didn't? In a turn of events that has the town scrambling, Polly Portman leaves the recipe to her cat, Lardo... and leaves him in the care of her niece, Alice.

Suddenly, everyone wants to be the next big pie-contest winner, making everyone go pie-crazy. People become more
Feb 22, 2019 rated it it was ok
Perhaps I am not the right audience for this novel. It was loaned to me by my younger sister, maybe it is intended for a younger audience. For me personally, however, it missed the mark.

This brief 180 page story follows the protagonist, Alice, as she tries to cope with her beloved Aunt Polly's passing, and solve the mystery of a catnapping. This is a lofty goal for anyone, but considering Alice is trying to accomplish this over the course of only a few days (and 180 pages), for me, that goal mi
Ms. Yingling
Feb 20, 2012 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
Sarah Guo
Mar 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Feb 20, 2012 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.
Lady Delacour
5 Star Book
Lovely Story.
Will make you
laugh and cry.

5 Star Performance
Narrator Kate Rudd
was great.

100% Clean
Alice Ball
A feel-good mystery set in the mid-50's which will leave you yearning for pie, and grateful for loved ones.
Jun 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
Great book! I am re-reading it!!
Apr 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
this book is......... SOOOOOOOO GOOOOD
Apr 13, 2012 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 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
April Murillo
Oct 26, 2016 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
Mallory Lyon
This book is seriously my favorite book of all time. I love how Sarah Weeks writes this book, realistic yet a little mysterious, it really pulls you in! I read it in one day so I would consider this book short and a very fast read. I can't even put it in words how amazing this book is, except for you should read this book!
Monica Edinger
May 21, 2011 rated it really liked it
Charming and unique. Will be interested to see what others think about this one.
Apr 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
(Perspective of a mom) For contemporary juvenile literature, this is one of the better ones. A little bit of mystery, not too obvious; a surprise ending, not too contrived; a sweet story, not too corny. Its setting in the 1950s was over my 4th-grader’s head, but I enjoyed the nuance of the period. What I most appreciated was the characters’ personal and relational growth. Alice’s being encouraged by people baking pies for the “right reasons” was an uplifting moment. Some of the characters were f ...more
Jan 21, 2020 rated it it was ok
Cute book we read for our brave writer curriculum. My boys are excited to try the recipes in the book. I also thought the mystery was a fun thing to sort through.
Here are my complaints: I know this book was set in the past, but I could have done without comments like “Nancy Drew being a girl book” or how “a girl could be as pretty if she wore her hair longer”. For me, even though the lesson of sharing blessings and dealing with grief in creative ways was there, it wasn’t worth the trite comment
Feb 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A sweet, old-fashioned mystery with a pie recipe in front of every chapter. Enjoyed listening to the audio and imagining Lardo the cat and all the other fine citizens of Ipswitch. When Aunt Polly passed away why did she leave her pie crust recipe to a cat? And now that Alice has been bequeathed that very cat, what will she and the town do when Lardo disappears in the middle of the night? They all miss Polly and her pies. Will the magic of pies and the famous Blueberry prize ever return to Ipswit ...more
Roger Jackson
Apr 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had to chew this over and digest it before I reviewed Pie. I had no expectations for this book. I bought strictly for the title, because anything about pie has to be good. This is a cute, feel-good ending kind of book. I can imagine it at an elementary to middle school book fair, but I enjoyed it. Pie is in the style of a Nancy Drew or Hardy Boys mystery involving a pie crust recipe and a missing cat.

I think that's all that needs to be said.
Sep 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: juvenile
This book was recommended to me by my granddaughter and I loved it! It took place in 1955 and so many of the references brought back memories for me. Including when Alice folded her pajamas and put them under her pillow. I always did that as a kid and had totally forgotten about it. From where did that practice originate and why did it fade away? Of course I loved the recipes and I can’t wait to try some of them.
Mar 28, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: childrens, 2017
I've had my eye on this for quite some time and finally got around to it. Had I realized it was a mystery and had pie recipes in it, I would have read it sooner!
I enjoyed the premise of a sweet pie-legend lady dying and leaving the town in an uproar
over where the missing pie cru (review to be finished when my computer works better....
Jan 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very sweet

Read this for our mom-kid book club. I’m sad to say I missed the discussion but the accompanying dinner made of multiple pies was delicious.

This is a sweet story, perfect for the 10yr olds it’s aimed at. A little mystery and a whole lot of heart.
Jul 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book is pretty much a mystery. A mystery for kids. Though I still like it. Even if I’m not a kid.


I really love how Pie is written. And the story behind it all. What I really like to say is that it’s a good book. Ya.
Veronica F
Dec 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kids-books, animals
What a fun read! A little bit of mystery, a little bit of mischief, and a lot of pie!! There are also recipes at the start of each chapter, makes me want a coconut cream pie. I've been sick laying in bed all day, so that's why I finished it in a day. It's a short quick read regardless.
Melinda Bender
Jul 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Such a fun book! How can you go wrong with desserts and a mystery! This book is on our upcoming Reading Olympics list. The kids are going to love it!
May 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
good, delicious.
Jun 13, 2019 rated it liked it
A cute story for young readers even if it is not up to the level of Ssrah Weeks, So B. It.
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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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