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There's something about asking for Impossible Things. For one little second, they feel Possible.

Take two sisters making it on their own: brainy twelve-year-old GiGi and junior-high-dropout-turned-hairstylist DiDi. Add a million dollars in prize money from a national cooking contest and a move from the trailer parks of South Carolina to the North Shore of Long Island. Mix
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Hardcover, 352 pages
Published January 27th 2015 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
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olivia The plot speeds along semi-quickly, and at the end there's a plot twist that I didn't see coming. That was the most exciting part for me!

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Lola
Oct 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
What a sweet book! ‘‘Sweet’’ because the themes of friendship and family are really beautifully explored, though they enlighten or darken the atmosphere depending on the scene, and ‘‘sweet’’ because…

Wait for it… there are actual recipes for sweet aliments in this book! And many at that – at least twenty.

How original is that? Never saw this being done before. The only thing that was missing regarding those is some pictures, but that’s being greedy.

I absolutely had fun reading this book. You know
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Evie N.
Jan 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The Truth About Twinkie Pie is about a girl named GiGi who for all her life has known that her mother died in a fire in there old trailer when GiGi was two years old. All GiGi knew about her mother was that she loved Cherries in the Snow lipstick (which had been discontinued), she had the same name as her sister, and that she looked a lot like her big sister DiDi (which is short for Delta Dawn). GiGi and DiDi had just moved almost all the way across the country so they could have a new start. A ...more
Jenni Frencham
Yeh, Kat. The Truth about Twinkie Pie. Little, Brown BFYR, 2015.

GiGi and her older sister DiDi have just moved to upstate New York so that GiGi can attend an elite private school. DiDi works as a hairdresser and never finished high school, so she insists that her sister work really hard at school. But GiGi wants to use this move as an opportunity to reinvent herself. She changes her name to Leia and starts spending time with friends at school instead of studying through lunch. But when GiGi unc
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Tavi B
Sep 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The Truth About Twinkie pie takes you behind the life of a girl named Gigi who has been living under a lie a big lie her whole life. Gigi is a twelve year old girl living with her sister DiDi in a apartment above their bakery which used to be their grandmama, but is know theirs. Acordding to every one shes very met her mom died when she is very young and the only thing that she every knew about her mom is that she always wore some lip stick called cherries in the snow, that apparently they stopp ...more
Dee
Jun 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: middle-grade
I was lucky enough to get an ARC of this book after the Middle Grade Buzz Panel at Book Expo America. The editor spoke so passionately about it that attendees were clamoring for it and offering trades with those who got one.

For me, the book definitely lived up to the excitement surrounding it. These characters held on tight and never let go. The main character has so much going on inside her, yet the voice is just the right amounts of deep and light with a sprinkling of humor. Even the recipes
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Jacobe D.
Sep 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
The Truth About Twinkie Pie is about a twelve year old brainy little girl named GiGi who lives with her junior high drop-out, best hair dresser ever made, older sister DiDi. GiGi has grown up without her mother, since she died while GiGi was still very young. The only thing that the sisters have left from their mother is her recipe book, filled with recipes that will make your mouth water, and leave you with an appetite for more. But when the two sisters win one million dollars, everything chang ...more
Debbie Ohi
Dec 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mg-middle-grade
Twinkie Pie is my favorite kind of book: a wonderful voice, characters I cared about and an unexpected but thoroughly satisfying ending. Highly recommended!

I devoured Kat Yeh's debut middle grade novel, The Truth About Twinkie Pie, in two sessions. I had to stop partway through is because I got so hungry from reading the fabulous-sounding recipes sprinkled through the book, and had to snack. But before I stopped, I had already teared up as well as laughed out loud at least once, and I couldn't w
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chloe ♡
this is the cutest, fluffiest, most heart-warming book ever! full review to come.
Mari
May 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
Southern charm language in a figuring-out-who-you-are-in-the-world book with some mature type themes. I'm giving it 4 stars for the reading enjoyment and the fact that there are some middle grade readers who really love this kind of story. . . smart spunky main character, and enough touching bits that you need some tissues.


Librarian rant follows: be warned, and read only if you want to. . .

I will say that there is one cameo character that made me sad and angry. There is a 'mousy' public librari
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Traci
Apr 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, 2015-reads
At BEA last year, I made the potentially unwise choice of braving the mob to obtain this ARC while 21 weeks pregnant. The author was so charismatic about her book, that most of the people in the room were tripping over themselves in order to get a copy (they made us wait until the end of the panel to snag anything).

I'm glad I was able to snatch a copy because this was one of the sweetest (no pun intended) books I've read in a long time. I hope she writes more for the middle grade crowd in the fu
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Erin
Oct 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
What a sweet story! There was a lot more to it than I expected, and so many more twists than I thought were coming. It actually had quite a bit of depth and wasn't as fluffy as the cover and name might have you believe. Each chapter begins with a delicious recipe, written in the voice of the main character's mother, and give the book something special and funny. This is one I'd probably read again!
Mina
Feb 12, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: borrowed
"Now, y'all stop sitting around wishing you were something you're not and just get on out there and Be!"
Rebecca McNutt
Jun 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Often hilarious with great morals about the importance of family, The Truth About Twinkie Pie is an excellent novel and definitely worth reading.
Ashley M
Sep 21, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: first-9-weeks
The Truth About Twinkie Pie is about a girl named Gigi (short for Galileo Galilei), and she is 12 years old and she lives with a lady who she calls Didi. Gigi's mom passed away when she was little and she does not have a father. Didi won a million dollars for wining a national cooking contest and Didi used one of Gigi's moms recipes. Gigi's mom was the best at cooking and has all of the Fantastic recipes that lead to mouth watering results. With that million dollars they decided to move from t ...more
Gracy W
Gigi is a really smart girl Who is starting her seventh grade year at a really good school. She lives with her older sister Didi ( stands for Delta Dawn ) she is living with her sister because her mom passed away. Her sister drops out of school to work as a hair dresser to provide for her and Gigi. One of the most cherished things in there home is there moms old cookbook. One of the things I like most about the book and what I think makes this book stand out the most is it has recipes that are f ...more
Gardenia L
Sep 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 1st-nine-weeks
The Truth About Twinkie Pie is an exciting and interesting book. It's about 2 sisters living together: Delta Dawn Bawnes II and Galilleo Galillei Bawnes (that was the younger sister's name until...). GiGi (Galilleo) was always told by her older sister that their mom was dead and their mom only wore Cherries In Snow lipstick. GiGi finds out something about her old house that she moved out of only a while after she was born that surprises her and makes her act. Going with a friend/enemy on a jour ...more
Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance
Oct 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cooking, children, mystery
Here’s what I wrote mid-book:
I'm in the middle of The Truth About Twinkie Pie (no trees or thieves, so far) which arrived this week from the publisher. It's a gentle little story of a twelve-year-old girl, Double-G (real name: Galileo Galilei...yes, her mother named her after that fellow in the hopes that she, too, would grow up to be a scientist) who attempts to shift from following the agenda of others to pursuing her own agenda. Much of the story's charm lies in the collection of oddball reci
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Sarah M
Oct 28, 2016 rated it liked it
The Truth About Twinkie Pie is a very interesting and exciting book. This book is about two sisters living together (Delta Dawn Barnes II; DiDi, and Gallileo Gallilei Barnes; GiGi). DiDi is a hairstylist (doesn't make much money) but got lucky and won one million dollars in prize money from a cooking contest. She had always said that their mother had died many years before. GiGi was searching for her mothers favorite lipstick, Cherries In The Snow, and was stunned by what she found out. She goes ...more
Cullen P
Sep 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-9-weeks
The Truth About Twinkie Pie is an amazing and interesting book. It's about 2 sisters living together(Galileo Galilei Barnes and Delta Dawn Bares). The names they go by are Didi and Gigi. The older sister (Didi) has always told Gigi that their mother was dead and that she only wore Cherries In The Snow lipstick. The only memory they have of her, is her cook book. She finds something about her mothers house, and try's to discover things about it. My favorite part was when she had tripped over Trip ...more
Gabrielle
May 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book is amazing! Full of "sweetheart" moments that anyone (especially a girl) would appreciate! You might think that everything is going well, but suddenly GiGi's life crashes and she feels torn apart. A crush that might not like her back, drama in her school, and a sister who has no time for her! This book will make you fall in love with a bunch of memorable characters, and teach you an important life lesson you will never forget!
Melanie
Jun 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I'm super thankful that a friend passed this ARC along to me! TWINKIE PIE is so full of heart and truth that it'll leave you feeling satisfied for days. A story about sisters and family and what it means to be yourself, with tantalizing recipes sprinkled in for good measure. I thoroughly enjoyed reading GiGi--Leia--G-girl's story.
Josie M.
Jul 01, 2015 rated it liked it
Overall, my feelings towards this book are mixed. So, in order to help you understand these feelings I am going to break this review up into three sections; one about the first half, one about the second half, and one part about my overall feelings of the book.

The First Half:
I felt like the first half of this book was written in a way that fit the age group of which this book is targeted. The plot and theme structure was easy to follow, and wasn't too heavy. GiGi, the main character experiences
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Brandy Painter
Originally posted here at Random Musings of a Bibliophile.

The Truth About Twinkie Pie by Kat Yeh is a delightful read about relationships, secrets, and starting over. It is as light and fluffy as the cover implies.

GiGi (Galileo Galilei) is starting a new private school after she and her sister DiDi (Delta Dawn) move to start over. DiDi, who dropped out of school to cut hair at a young age, is insists that the future will be better for her smart sister. GiGi spends most of her time studying and w
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Zoya S
Dec 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 3rd-nine-weeks
The Truth About Twinkie Pie tells the story of a girl named Didi who moves to a new school, where she falls in love with a boy named Trip. But there's a catch. Didi finds herself face to face with a mean girl named Macie whose mom is the head of the school board. When Didi comes home to tell her older sister, she realizes that her older sister is hanging out with Macie, and she has no one else to talk to because her parents died a long time ago. She and her big sister end up fighting, but after ...more
Kidsmomo
Review by Nancy, intended for young readers:

Recipe for an AWESOME book:

2 Sisters, named DiDi and GiGi
1 Perfect Boy with Wish Pie Eyes
1 Spirited Arch-Nemesis with Death Glare
3 New Friends (add more for taste)
1 Well-done Plot
1 Delicious Dash of Mystery
1 Big Family Secret

Mix it all together, and what comes freshly-baked out of the oven? The Truth About Twinkie Pie by Kat Yeh!

Meet brainy 12-year-old GiGi (short for Galileo Galilei) and her junior-high-school-dropout sister DiDi (short for Delta Dawn
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Luke Reynolds
This is my very first 5 star book of the year, which is absolutely remarkable. I wasn't expecting The Truth About Twinkie Pie to be as wonderful as it was, but sometimes the best books sneak up on you. This one certainly did.

What does this book have that makes it a standout? Well, The Truth About Twinkie Pie has a wonderful protagonist in the form of GiGi. Her voice rings out crystal clear through an infectiously sweet and serious narrative that compliments the tone of the book constantly, and t
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Kate S.
Sep 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The Truth About Twinkie Pie is an outstanding realistic fiction book about a 12-year-old girl named Galileo Galilei Barnes who moves from South Carolina to New York. When Gigi's mother died when she was a baby, she and her older sister DiDi were left n their own. DiDi had won a cooking contest back in South Carolina and got 1.0 million dollars in prize money, which she used to pay for a private school for GiGi. At the private school, Gigi meets a boy named Trip and thy are instantly best friends ...more
Helen F
Mar 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 3rd-9-weeks
Gigi has had a hard life. Her mother died when she was young, only leaving her sister Didi to take care of her. She is moving to the Big city of New York from South Carolina. On the first day of school she slips and accidentally falls on a boy named Trip. They end up becoming good friends but there is one setback. A girl named Mace had always liked Trip and knows a girl like Gigi might steal him from her. So she ends up hating Gigi and definitely lets her know it. A little while later Gigi signs ...more
Cammy R
Feb 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
I thought that The Truth About Twinkie Pie was absolutely amazing. When Gigi enters her new school, she is scrounging for friends. Heading to her last resort, she joins a school club. She chose the astronomy club, since she was named after Galileo and felt she needed to live up to her name. But when she's at her club member's house, of course they're just goofing around, she decides to look up Cherries in the Snow lipstick. It was her dead mother's favorite and is all Gigi really knows about her ...more
Donna
Apr 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
Really enjoyed this book about friendship, baking, and finding out who are.

Told in the first person by GiGi, (short for Galileo Galilei) a 12 year-old girl who is a straight A student and on the fast track for a career in science. She and her sister DiDi (Delta Dawn) live in a small apartment above the hair salon DiDi works in. GiGi has just start in a new school, having moved from South Carolina to the New York area, and wants to take on a new identity – leave the old GiGi behind. She wants to
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