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Summer of a Thousand Pies

4.02  ·  Rating details ·  61 ratings  ·  24 reviews
A heartfelt contemporary middle grade novel, perfect for fans of The Thing About Jellyfish and Fish in a Tree, about a girl who is sent to live with her aunt and must try to save their failing pie shop.

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
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published April 16th 2019 by Balzer + Bray
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    Ms. Yingling
    E ARC provided by Edelweiss Plus

    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
    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)
    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
    Laura (bbliophile)
    This was such a lovely story! Full review to come.
    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
    Jan 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    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 sma ...more
    Sep 27, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    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!
    DRC provided by the p
    Jenn Bishop
    Nov 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    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
    Robin Yardi
    Aug 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    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?
    Jun 18, 2018 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
    The Great British Baking show?!

    I'm already sold :)
    Tina Reisdorf
    Jan 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    A sweet middle grade book. As a lover of pies and the Great British Bake-off, this was a perfect winter break read. It was heavy in some ways, but never in a way that made me anxious or unhappy.
    Oct 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    So many YA novels try desperately to expose readers to uncomfortable concepts in an accessible way. Summer of a Thousand Pies succeeds. From the first page to the last you can't help but become invested in the characters. There are valuable life lessons to be found in these pages, and because the protagonist is learning them too it doesn't feel forced. I read this book in one sitting, wishing simultaneously to know what happens and for it to never end. Definitely pick this book up for the young ...more
    Nov 13, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    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!
    Sweet coming of age tale of sorts involving some very mouth watery pie recipes.
    Aug 23, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
    Cute book, but nothing memorable other than the descriptions of making pies
    Cynthia Reeg
    Apr 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    San Diego girl, Cady Bennett is only twelve but she’s already had more than her fair share of troubles. Her mom died when she was five. Her dad had a meltdown that’s lasted years, leaving the two of them homeless. Now as the story begins Cady finds herself alone, her dad in jail, and a stranger who says she’s a long lost aunt stepping in as foster guardian. Soon a bewildered and frightened Cady finds herself whisked away to a small California mountain town, living with two aunts, two dogs, a cat ...more
    Kathleen Burkinshaw
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    Andrea Johnson
    Apr 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    I won an Advance Reader's Edition through a Goodreads giveaway and would like to thank Harper Children's for my copy. I would also like to say that the opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.

    This beautifully written book is a middle school contemporary novel. There are many real life topics that come up in this book and I think children in this age group will relate to. Some of the topics are homelessness, financial hardships, living with a parent who is dealing with substance abu
    Katie Reilley
    Apr 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    Thank you to the author and Harper Collins Children’s for sharing this ARC with our #bookexpedition group.

    After her father shows up at her school under the influence, 12 year old Cady is sent to live with an aunt she didn’t know she had. Living with Aunt Shell & her partner Suzanne, Cady spends lots of time in her aunt’s pie shop where she learns how to develop trust in others and in herself.

    Favorite line:
    “Sometimes there are no good choices, and we can only do our best.”

    A wonderful realis
    Mar 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
    NOTE: I received an ARC from a book sharing group in exchange for my honest review.

    Summer of Thousand Pies is a charming, heartfelt middle grade, realistic fiction novel about relationships, family, and baking. Cady's had a tough life growing up with her father, but in a life-changing moment, she finds herself living in a new town with an aunt she didn't know before. Her aunt, who owns a quaint pie shop, helps her feel secure, build new relationships, and, of course, learn how to bake pies!

    I rec
    Tiffani Reads
    Feb 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    Oh my heart!

    This is the second book that I have read this year that is about a girl in the foster system that has tugged at my heart strings.

    In this novel, the main protagonist (Cady) learns to heal and grown through making 1000 pies over the summer in her aunt’s bakery. She learns that practice makes perfect, sometimes you have to learn to accept help from others, and how to be a part of a family/community after being previously homeless.

    I can completely relate to this novel in the sense tha
    Apr 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Review to come soon.
    Laura Shovan
    rated it it was amazing
    Apr 09, 2018
    Kelly Hager
    Kids today have so many better book choices than I did when I was their age! Middlegrade books are amazing now, and I'm honestly jealous.

    I loved Margaret Dilloway's first two adult novels (and just found out that there's a third I haven't read!) and so getting to read her middlegrade book---I think it's a debut!---was a no-brainer. Her ability to make her characters immediately seem so vibrant is incredibly rare.

    I felt like I had known Cady forever, and felt her nervousness at going with an aunt
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