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Pi in the Sky

3.91  ·  Rating details ·  2,037 ratings  ·  268 reviews
Joss is the seventh son of the Supreme Overlord of the Universe. His older brothers help his dad rule the cosmos, but all Joss gets to do is deliver pies. That's right: pies. Of course, these pies actually hold the secrets of the universe between their buttery crusts, but they're still pies.
Joss is happy to let his older brothers shine. He has plenty to keep his hands full
Paperback, 272 pages
Published April 15th 2014 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (first published January 1st 2013)
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Cori Reed
2.5 Stars

I feel like Wendy Mass binge-watched "Cosmos: A Time-Space Odyssey" on Netflix with Neil DeGrasse Tyson, dropped a tab of acid, cracked open a Mountain Dew and proceeded to pen a self-aware, theoretical science-fiction comedy for children.

It didn't end well for us, though I genuinely tip my to Wendy Mass for taking the risk on such an "ambitious" wild book. Plus, Mountain Dew is dangerous.

This is probably going to appeal to -- I don't know -- a hundred kids; but for everyone else in the tar
Jun 11, 2017 rated it liked it
This was a difficult story to get into mainly because the main characters aren't my age. But, I did eventually like Joss and even Annika. The Realms and the discoveries were very interesting. I liked the world building literally... as well as the slight mystery and finding out what everyone was up to. The ending turned pretty sad but then very unexpected. I loved all the quotes! Made me think.
Very cute!

Joss lives in The Realms, seventh son of the Supreme Overlord of the Universe. His job? Deliver pies (except they're not really pies, they're encoded with stuff necessary for the birth and sustenance of planets and solar systems) and go to school. One day, someone on Earth actually sees The Realms, which draws the penalty of the entire solar system being removed from space/time... the entire solar system with the exception of Annika, a human girl. Now Joss is in charge of recreating th
Mar 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
This was another Battle of the Books book for my 5th Graders. we all thought it was a very cool, geeky, book. And a clever way to get kids excited about the universe beyond Earth. And think about, what may be out there. if nothing else is out there it's a lot of wasted space.
Dichotomy Girl
I think this book was just trying too hard. It's obvious that the author wanted to show the reader how cool science and astronomy are, but the info dumps weren't working for me.

DNF @ 60%
Nov 26, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cute idea
Brenda Kahn
When I picked this arc up at ALAMW, I knew I was in for something special b/c it's a new book by Wendy Mass. Her books are hardly ever on the shelf at my school library, so anything by her is basically an automatic purchase. Pi in the Sky is her first sci/fi and I must say we need good middle grade sci/fi. Ms. Mass is a perfect middle grade author. Her stories are unique without veering too far into quirky but accessible and underlying all her plot-lines is an innate intelligence and humanity. I ...more
"We are in the universe, and the universe is in us." Neil deGrasse Tyson. This quote captures the essence of this novel, which is both humorous and thought-provoking.

"If you think it's tough being the Supreme Overlord of the Universe, try being his son. Or, more precisely, his seventh son." This is Joss who lives in The Realms and whose job it is to deliver pies. While his brothers create new species or inspire great artists, or test state of the art video games, he delivers pies ... for billion
Sarah Sammis
Jul 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good follow up to the Long Earth series.
Jun 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Where was this book when I was 12 years old??? Okay, so it wasn't written yet, but no matter. Even now, at age 54, I loved it and that is one of the best things I can say about a book for young readers -- that it can be enjoyed by children and adults alike. This is a wonderful story about Joss, the seventh son of the Supreme Overlord of the Universe, who delivers pies which are not only delicious but hold the universe together. And if this sounds weird, hang on; it gets weirder. When Annika, a g ...more
Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance
I read this one right after I finished Henry Clark’s What We Found in the Sofa and How It Saved the World. Pi in the Sky was in the same sort of genre as Sofa. What genre would we call this? Young People Called to Save the World? Whatever the genre, I like it. I like the genre and I liked this story. The twist in this book is that the young person called to save the world was not an Earthling. A pretty clever twist. The young person, Joss, is the seventh son of the Supreme Overlord of the Univer ...more
Adam James
Jan 26, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014
I've related childrens' literature to A Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy before...but no other childrens story resembles Adams' work more closely than Wendy Mass' Pi in the Sky. While Mass' novel is based in more actual science rather than wacky science-based surrealist satire, the plot of, you know, rebuilding the world after it's easily snatched away by galactic forces is pretty damn similar.

Pi in the Sky really is a wonderful way to bridge the gap between literacy and science principles the wa
Jan 28, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Buzzwords: Black matter, universes, astronomy, quest to restore Earth, friendship, power, siblings/family, Science Fiction

When his father, Supreme Overlord of the Universe, and the Powers That Be remove Earth from time after a girl there accidentally sees the Realms through her telescope, seventh son Joss is tasked with bringing it back...which he has no idea how to do. And his task is further complicated by the loss of his best friend and the appearance of human Annika through a wormhole...

Mar 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/B+/Awesome!

Like me (probably), you’re maybe thinking “what the heck is this book about?” All I can say (without having to tap the “Spoilers?” button) is that it’s good. So I spotted it at the library, and the main thing that made me pick it up was that a friend had read it, so I might as well too. Plus, it has a (sort of) weird title, so what the heck. Technically, I rate it 4.5 stars, but whatever. It was still good. Plus, I finished it before Pi Day, so yay! Nevertheless, if y
Susan Bartol
Jul 17, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kids-books
I just couldn't finish it. I enjoyed Wendy Mass's books 11 Birthdays and 12 Finally. My daughter tells me that The Candymakers is good, too. I was eager to read her newest book. I tried...I made it through over 1/3 of the book (about 100 pages of 250ish), but just was not interested in continuing. It just seemed so much more juvenile to me. She gives so much detailed description about this other realm and not much story. She was trying to be creative in creating this other world, but it came acr ...more
Wendy Mass is one of my favorite authors and she has veered off of her usual genre with this venture into sci fi. While it wasn't my favorite book that she's written, I thought she did a great job with capturing her characters and - great boy appeal as well for the 8-12 year olds. Also, loved the quotes by scientists at the beginning of every chapter.
Jul 09, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I and my 5th grader both loved this book, read for mother-daughter book group. REAL SCIENCE and a fun story. I have a feeling we'll return to it quite often in our conversations.
Jan 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book clearly illustrates the amount of creativity in Wendy Mass's literature. It is refreshing to view a standpoint that is not solely focused on the anthropocentric human race.
Mar 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wild, cosmic, upbeat fun.
Sep 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When I became fascinated with the topic of space in elementary schools, I was always looking for new novels to add to my list of read intergalactic books. Whether I was reading “Magic Tree House 8: Moon Mission!” or watching “Interstellar”, I thought it was a riveting thing to imagine galaxies upon galaxies upon universes upon universes beyond our own tiny Earth. ‍Some of them had similar events, but none of the authors found a way to connect to me, the reader. None except Wendy Mass.

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Jul 13, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Being the seventh son of the Supreme Overlord of the Universe isn’t as great as it sounds. Joss’s older brothers all have jobs helping to run the universe and all he gets to do is deliver pies. Sure, the pies might have the secrets of the universe in them, but it’s not as cool as the jobs his brothers have. When someone on Earth makes the huge mistake of looking at the person who makes the pies and his best friend’s parents are erased along with the whole planet, Joss wants to do whatever it tak ...more
Nov 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So my family & I went to a mystery lock-in at my parents' local library and my dad realized that we were really out of touch with children's books AND that these shelves looked pretty cool. Therefore he needed to check out a few of them and we each needed to read at least one of them and tell him whether it lived up to the initial isn't-that-cool feeling. Pi in the Sky, which is the story of a boy living in the dark matter regions of space (he's the son of the Supreme Overlord of the Universe, b ...more
Aug 20, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very strange read that combines adolescent angst with silly and geeky to the nth power. Love the real scientist quotes and this fun imagining of how the universe might work.

"If the atoms that make up the world around us could tell their stories, each and every one of them would sing a tale to dwarf the greatest epics of literature." -- Marcus Chown, physicist

pg. 3 "If you think it's tough being the Supreme Overlord of the Universe, try being his son. Or, more precisely, his seventh son. That w
Giselle Orange
Feb 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Giselle Moreno
Pi in The Sky
By Wendy Mass
Joss and his best friend Kal were very upset to hear that the PTB (Powers That Be) had decided to pull their favorite planet, Earth, and Kal’s parents who were just there for a visit, out of time because some tweenage girl who saw aunt Rae pulling her famous apple pie out of the oven in The Realms. Just as the PTB was wondering about what would happen to Kal now that his parents had been pulled out of time, they got their
Hannah McLaws
This book tells the story of Joss who is the son of the Supreme Overlord of the Universe. Basically it is the place where all the different universes and plants are controlled and monitored. All of Joss's six brothers have neat jobs like life and the sun. Unfortunately Joss has the job of delivering pies to other universes. In a strange twist of events Earth is destroyed and Joss must work to save it and his best friend Kal before they are gone forever.
I put this book under the humor category b
Mar 03, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Imo, almost worth rounding up to four stars, but just a bit too ambitious.
Young me would have loved it.

The sciency stuff is really interesting, with a clear distinction between what we humans have really figured out, and what's very unlikely (with some gray stuff that 'might' be real in the middle). Now, I say unlikely, because it is unlikely that there are immortals living in the Realms managing the whole universe. But hey, the Schrodinger's Cat paradox and quantum states are really unlikely,
This is the story of Joss who is the seventh son of the supreme overlord of the cosmos. He doesn't feel very significant because his main job is delivering pies. One day his day is interrupted when he learns that his father has removed earth and it's whole solar system from existence. This has tragic consequences because his best friend's parents were on the earth when it happened and so they ceased to exist and so did his friend. Another person in the administration tells Joss that there is a w ...more
I Blog A Little Bit Of Everything
3.5 stars

Okay, I have mixed feelings about this book. Firstly, I believe that there were some issues with pacing. The start was nice and slow setting up this beautifully complex world, and suddenly we’re less than 30 pages left, 2 months into the future and that’s where all of the action is going down.

I did find this pretty enjoyable overall and it was a nice read that I was glad to have read. However, there wasn’t anything overly exceptional, and I don’t feel like I would want to reread it.

I grabbed this because I needed an audio book QUICK. Heaven forbid, I should be without an audio book. It started out as quirky, but the more I got to know the characters, the more I enjoyed it. Joss is the seventh son of the Overlord of the Universe which sounds like fun, but it is NOT. His job is to deliver pies, go to school and be ignored by his family. When his best friend, Kal, disappears and a girl from Earth appears, his life take a sudden turn into an adventure that helps him realize wh ...more
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Wendy Mass is the author of twenty-two novels for young people, including A Mango-Shaped Space, which was awarded the Schneider Family Book Award, Leap Day, the Twice Upon a Time fairy tale series, Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life, Heaven Looks a Lot Like the Mall, the Willow Falls, Space Taxi and Candymakers series. Wendy wrote the storyline for an episode of the television show Monk, entitled ...more

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“Never turn your back on the seventh son of the Supreme Overlord of the Universe...unless you want a bucket of water thrown on your head.” 2 likes
“She can’t see it, Joss. We’re at the far end of the electromagnetic spectrum here, surrounded by gamma rays. I know school isn’t your favorite thing, but honestly, don’t you pay attention at all?” 0 likes
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