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Pie by Sarah Weeks
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Aunt Polly, the Pie Queen of Ipswitch, passes away and leaves the recipe for her world-famous pie crust to her cat, Lardo, and the cat to her niece, Alice. Surprised that Polly would leave her famous recipe to her cat, the folks in town set out to make the best pie in hopes of finding a way to win the big pie contest and earn the coveted Blueberry award.

Alice and her friend Charlie set out to solve the mystery of the pie crust recipe and along the way unexpectedly learn the recipe for happiness. But will they find the secret of the pie crust recipe?

This sweet tale of friendship and family will make every pie-loving reader chuckle with delight. With several yummy pie recipes tucked into the pages of this book, readers will find much to appreciate in this enchanting tale.

Recommended. ( )
  jfe16 | Mar 20, 2019 |
Alice is grieving over the loss of her beloved Aunt Polly, who made the best pies in town... or perhaps in the country if the national Blueberry Award, which Polly won 13 years running, is any determination. The whole town is missing her and her pies. But someone is out to get her secret pie crust recipe at any cost... and in Polly's will, she specifically left the recipe to her cat... and left the cat to Alice.
Alice and her good friend Charlie are out to solve the mystery of who ransacked her aunt's home, and catnapped Lardo, all while Alice tries to cope with her own grief.
A quick read, light-hearted and simple, it's a cute little book. Alice and Charlie are a highly likable pair of protagonists. ( )
  fingerpost | Aug 29, 2018 |
Thoughts After Reading:

Pie was a really sweet story with recipes mixed in the chapters. The whole town's love of Polly's pies and Polly herself was heartwarming. I'm happy with how everything turned out. I'm a little surprised there was an epilogue, but I didn't see it as a bad thing.


Aunt Polly, the Pie Queen of Ipswitch, has passed away. Her pies were famous and she was known as a kind, caring woman. She gave away her pies and with the help of her neighbors has been supplied the ingredients. The thing with Polly was that she didn't get money out of making these delicious, famous pies. She got satisfaction and happiness out of it. Her sister, our narrator's mother, didn't see eye to eye with Polly. She thought she was selfish not to make money off her pies and she was selfish when she foud our she left her secret pie crust recipe to her cat Lardo.

Alice, Polly's niece and our narrator, with her friend Charlie go on an adventure to find out what the strange goings on are in their hometown of Ipswitch. There's something that just doesn't feel right to Alice, but her mother who's all hung up on creating a winning pie doesn't believe her. Alice is also dealing with the loss of her aunt who she loved dearly. She's the only one who really knew her and encouraged to be a songwriter. Alice is a perfect narrator. I absolutely loved how she and he whole story was written. Pie is the perfect book for children and for people of all ages. It's one of those children books that anyone can enjoy because the writing is so brilliant and the story so heartwarming.

Alice's connection to her aunt Polly was such a treat. Polly was so loving to Alice. Polly, in general, was such a kindhearted soul and really encompasses the idea of that you should live your life as a good person, who gives to others, who isn't overly concerned with making money, and lives her life to the fullest.

Alice was standing beside the bed when her aunt Polly reached a trembling hand out from underneath the leopard print bedspread (Polly loved leopard print) and pulled the girl close to whisper in her ear.
"Thank you very much."
They would be the last words Polly Portman, the Pie Queen of Ipswitch, ever spoke.

There's a bit of a mystery going on that Alice and Charlie begin to investigate. Charlie isn't completely convinced there is something going on, but he helps out Alice anyway. They form a tight friendship that's really sweet. I mostly enjoyed their investigation and, of course, the imagery of all those delicious sounding pies whose recipes are all in here. You don't know how tempting it is for me to try my hand at making chocolate cream pie.

Pie is a delightful story that will leave you feeling pretty good about the world and most likely wanting to eat some scrumptious piece of pie.

"I'll miss you, Aunt Polly," Alice would say at the end of the day when it was time for her to go.
"I'll miss you even more," Polly would tell her. Then she'd hand Alice a pie to bring home to her parents, kiss her on the forehead, and send her on her way."
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  AdrianaGarcia | Jul 10, 2018 |
Such a sweet story - both in the feels and the subject matter. Alice had a special bond with her Aunt Polly, a gifted pie-maker. After Polly's untimely death and her giving her secret crust recipe to Lardo (her cat), strange things start happening as someone is trying to steal the secret of the delicious pies. Alice and Charlie become friends as Alice tries to navigate her grief. A quick, sweet read. ( )
  ewyatt | May 8, 2018 |
Very sweet book. Recommended for ages 8 and up. ( )
  Critterbee | Apr 16, 2018 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0545270111, Hardcover)

From the award-winning author of SO B. IT, a story about family, friendship, and...pie!

When Alice's Aunt Polly, the Pie Queen of Ipswitch, 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 fat, remarkably disagreeable cat, Lardo . . . and then leaves Lardo in the care of Alice.

Suddenly, the whole town is wondering how you leave a recipe to a cat. Everyone wants to be the next big pie-contest winner, and it's making them pie-crazy. It's up to Alice and her friend Charlie to put the pieces together and discover the not-so-secret recipe for happiness: Friendship. Family. And the pleasure of donig something for the right reason.

With Pie, acclaimed author Sarah Weeks has baked up a sweet and satisfying delight, as inviting as warm pie on a cold day. You'll enjoy every last bite.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:07:25 -0400)

After the death of Polly Portman, whose award-winning pies put the town of Ipswitch, Pennsylvania, on the map in the 1950s, her devoted niece Alice and Alice's friend Charlie investigate who is going to extremes to find Aunt Polly's secret pie crust recipe. Includes fourteen pie recipes.… (more)

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