Jan 3, 2012

Tween Tuesday: Pie by Sarah Weeks

4 slices of warm apple pie with ice cream.

Cover Love:
Yes! I love how clean it is and the fonts. Very appealing.

Why I Wanted to Read This:
Mostly the cover attracted me and I read some positive reviews when it first came out. Here's the synopsis from GoodReads:

When Alice's Aunt Polly 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 surly cat Lardo . . . and then leaves Lardo in the care of Alice.

Suddenly Alice is thrust into the center of a piestorm, with everyone in town trying to be the next pie-contest winner ... including Alice's mother and some of Alice's friends. The whole community is going pie-crazy . . . and it's up to Alice to discover the ingredients that really matter. Like family. And friendship. And enjoying what you do.

I Kept Reading Because: It was such a sweet story with a good mystery.

Romance?: Not really.

What I Liked (& Didn't):
I adored Alice. She was such a great main character. And the author wrote her heartbreak over losing her beloved aunt so true and raw. I teared up along with Alice.

I didn't like Alice's mom at all! What an odious woman. You just hoped for an epiphany for her so that she would change how she was acting! It made Alice's pain at losing her aunt that much stronger!

I liked how the author introduced Charlie and had him jump into the mystery with Alice.

I loved the epilogue! I adore when an author gives us a glimpse of the future and Ms. Weeks outdid herself by giving us a forty year jump into Alice's future! It was a great ending to the story.

The descriptions of the pies were mouth watering! And I loved the addition of the recipes and the handwritten reminders from Aunt Polly on each recipe.

To Sum Up: A great cozy read for those middle grade readers who are not at all ready for young adult books!

Book from my library.

Tween Tuesday was created and is hosted by Sarah, the GreenBeanTeenQueen. Thanks Sarah!


  1. This one's on my list. Great review, Jana! :-)

  2. My Google alerts sent me to this page and I wanted to let you know that you totally made my day with this lovely review. I'm glad you enjoyed PIE. Happy reading and Happy New Year!
    Sarah Weeks.

  3. OMGosh!! I am always amazed when an author finds my blog and replies to a review. You have made my week! Thanks for visiting. (When I was checking books in yesterday I found As Simple AS It Seems and had to grab it. I am a fan now!)

  4. I've read another mixed review about this book Jana and I'm glad to hear you liked it. Now I know it is worth purchasing for my library. I have a lot of strong girl readers who also love, love cooking so this will be right up there alley.
    Thanks for a "mouth-watering" review.

  5. I just checked this out to a sixth grade girl and she LOVED it! I am always glad when a reader for whom the book is targeted to loves it as much as I did!

  6. Anonymous2:57 PM

    What font is on the inside of the book, like, the normal font? Do you know?