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Summer of a Thousand Pies

4.07  ·  Rating details ·  810 ratings  ·  187 reviews
When twelve-year-old Cady Bennett is sent to live with the aunt she didn’t even know she had in the quaint mountain town of Julian, she doesn’t know what to expect. Cady isn’t used to stability, or even living inside, after growing up homeless in San Diego with her dad.

Now she’s staying in her mother’s old room, exploring the countryside filled with apple orchards and pie
Kindle Edition, 384 pages
Published April 16th 2019 by Balzer + Bray
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Jun 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was the sweetest thing ever; the delight of my summer.
Ms. Yingling
Oct 28, 2018 rated it liked it
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After the death of her mother, Cady's father has found it hard to keep a job, stay away from alcohol, and to provide Cady with a stable home and supervision. He has enrolled her in a very good school, and her teachers are understanding and supportive, but when she gets in trouble for defending another student and her father shows up to the office inebriated, Cady ends up with children's protective services. They locate a sister of her mother's Cady didn't know ab
Dec 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Lynne
An excellent and engaging story about a young girl dealing with the effects of her father's mental illness and the ensuing instability. When her father is arrested, twelve-year-old Cady is sent to live with her aunt, the proprietor of a pie shop. Nestled in the mountains above San Diego, in the town of Julian, Shell's Pies is struggling to stay afloat. As Cady and her aunt Shell navigate the boundaries of their burgeoning relationship, Shell simultaneously attempts to keep her shop in business. ...more
Samantha (WLABB)
Mar 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Rating: 3.5 Stars

Cady had to grow up fast. As the child of an addict, she knew homelessness, abandonment, and hunger. All things I wished she had never known. When her father was taken into custody, she was placed in the care of an aunt she never knew she had, and that was when Cady started to see things a little differently.

First and foremost, I really did like Cady. She had it tough, and because of that, she had trust issues. Her mother died, her father was unreliable, and she was forced to d
May 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Oh what a wonderful story!

I loved every word!

The characters were so endearing.

I will truly miss this family.

Thank you Margaret Dilloway and Goodreads for a free copy of this terrific story!

My new book definitely enjoys its new home!
Dawn Wells
Aug 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A wonderfully sweet book.
Mar 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Summer of a Thousand Pies is a sweet middle-grade contemporary novel. A story about family and belonging, set amongst the backdrop of food, glorious food, Summer of a Thousand Pies touches on some deep and troubling themes such as homelessness, financial hardship, and the constant fear and struggle to belong faced by illegal immigrants. With diverse characters and a strong -if a little too headstrong at times- lead characters, Summer of a Thousand Pies is sure to delight young readers.

Cady knows
CJ Connor
May 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
When I saw the cover for Summer of a Thousand Pies, I thought I'd be settling into a fun and lighthearted middle grade contemporary. I was wrong. This is a beautiful, important book, but it doesn't deal with easy themes. Cady's mother has died and her grief-stricken father descends into alcoholism to the point where she has to live with her Aunt Shell. Her aunt's pie shop is run with equal amounts of passion and joy, but it isn't easy to thrive as a small bakery. And Cady's new friend Jay, whose ...more
Jenn Bishop
Nov 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This story absolutely charmed me. Cady hasn't known a home for a long time. Her mother died when she was little and she and her father have recently been experiencing homelessness in San Diego. But when his troubles land him in jail, her estranged aunt Shell, her mother's sister, steps in to care for Cady. Cady's resistant at first, and Shell and her partner Suzanne aren't exactly used to having a twelve-year-old around, but they bond over a love of pie and The Great British Bake-Off. Set in the ...more
Sep 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book is sweet and will help to start a conversation about a few of life's difficulties, including homelessness. I really enjoyed the main character, Cady. I think kids will identify with some of her fears even though they may not experience the same challenges she does. Cady's story might also bring about compassion and more understanding for those kids whose families might be struggling. Plus, the pie references are great for anyone who likes to bake! Recipes included!
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Jan 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This beautiful book is going to stay in my heart forever, and I already know will be one of my top favorites this year. When Cady goes to live with her Aunt Shell after her father is arrested, her whole world flips. She has a bed, a room, and there's always food. There's also The Great British Bake Off to watch. Through this summer of change, she vows to bake a thousand pies at her aunt's pie shop, befriends an undocumented family, thinks about her dad, and embraces this sweet & exciting small t ...more
Laura (bbliophile)
Jul 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was such a lovely story! Full review to come.
Dee Dee G
Jul 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved it!
Sep 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: middle-grades
Twelve-year-old Cady Bennett has spent her life moving around from motel to motel in San Diego with her dad. Sometimes he goes out and night and doesn't return until the next day but that's OK because they'll get through this rough patch and soon Dad will have a job and a home for Cady. When Cady gets in trouble at school and her dad shows up under the influence, Cady is taken away from her dad and sent into foster care. Then her estranged Aunt Shell shows up to bring Cady home to her family far ...more
Aug 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: middle-grade, 2019
3.5 stars objectively, but I'm rounding up because this was a heartwarming read -- and it made me so hungry for pie!

The narrator is prickly at first, but understandably so. It was nice to see her evolution over the course of the story, and it felt believable.

Her voice (and thus the writing) is straightforward and unsophisticated, so I wasn't reading for the lyrical prose or anything, but the story moves along well, unencumbered by pretense or unnecessary complication and drama.

Also, there's a
Robin Yardi
Aug 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
So sweet!

Cady was so easy to care for and her story is filled with all sorts of the difficulties that plague adolescence. Kids will find a friend here in this book. More than one. Plus a thousand pies. Need I say more?
Jul 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
The first time we traveled to San Diego, we were advised to look for pies from Julian, California in specialty grocery stores, and it was love at first bite. Ever since, we have grabbed them up whenever we could. So of course I couldn’t resist reading this sweet middle grade coming-of-age story set in Julian and centered around the art of pie making.

Cady Bennett is 12, and she and her dad are homeless; life has gone downhill for them ever since Cady's mom died when Cady was five. The principal a
Aug 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Loved this one!
May 21, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was mostly enjoyable and I would've given it more stars if there hadn't been so many political agendas squeezed into it. There's no place for that in a children's book.
Claire Funk
Jun 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
this was my favorite book I’ve read this year; a little girl with a rough home life gets sent to live w her aunt and her wife and learns about love and life and herself and feeling safe by learning how to bake guided by the great british baking show it made me laugh it made me cry I’m going to get a physical copy so that everyone I know can read it
Nov 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019-6th-grade
Dilloway masterfully handles tough issues such as homelessness and substance abuse with a deft hand by first introducing you to Cady, and getting you to care about her. The fact that I also love the Great British Baking Show was simply an added bonus. Well done!
Jun 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars.

So sweet and lovely. I just want to give Cady a big hug.
Nicole (Reading Books With Coffee)
Summer Of A Thousand Pies is a super-cute middle grade, and I really liked it!

Definitely don't read this while hungry, because the book is centered around a pie shop.  I was super tempted to actually drive to Julian to get some apple pie...maybe one of these days, I'll make the drive up there for pie.  I love that the book is set in Julian, and that it's about pie.  I mean, when I hear Julian, I think of apple pie, and it's only about an hour or so drive for me, so I really will have to one of t
May 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is technically a “kid’s book” but it is so beautifully written and provides such an important perspective that adults can enjoy and learn from it just as much. The author tackles very real grownup issues (homelessness, immigration, debt) from a kid’s perspective and acts as a reminder to adults reading that these problems affect more than just us. Also for anyone who is a fan of the original Great British Baking Show, the author writes about it throughout the book and describes beautifully ...more
Aug 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I wanted what I call a hammock book, and that is what I got; meaning a novel that's not too heavy, summer themed and makes me feel good and relaxed. It made me hungry, though... I LOVE that the recipes were included at the end - I will definitely try them out!
Cady, Jay, Shell, Suzanne and all the others were really great travel companions as I read most of this novel on a plane.
If you love The Great British Bake Off, this one's for you ;)
Tena Edlin
This was a delightful book with a little bit of everything. I chose it for the pie, and pie is a key part of the story, but it also has issues like homelessness, mental illness, foster care, immigration, and trauma. I liked experiencing Cady’s journey as she learned to trust others and as she learned to trust herself, all while making 1000 pies.
Jul 19, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
2.5 I just didn't really connect with any of the characters, and much of the emotion and plot felt a little forced. Additionally, the author tried to fit in a lot of issues (homelessness, neglectful parent, LGBTQ, undocumented immigrants, economic hardship, etc.) into this one story and it just didn't work for me.
Sep 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I laughed, I cried, Cady, her story, her fear, her frustration, and her coming to trust others moved me. Plus pie (aka the best dessert). The only issue I had was the adult who had a business but clearly no business sense. How do you only sell two kinds of pie?
Wendy MacKnight
May 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019-reads
What a beautiful book. Loved all of the characters so much and I don’t think I’ve ever been so hungry reading a book!
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