Pie by Sarah Weeks
Alice’s Aunt Polly is famous for her pies. She’s won the coveted Blueberry 13 years in a row. The secret lies in her world famous pie crust. Alice adores Aunt Polly, not just for her delicious peach pie, but because Aunt Polly gives Alice the love she craves from her mother. When Aunt Polly suddenly passes away, leaving her famous recipe to Lardo (her beloved cat), Alice’s world is turned upside down as the whole community goes pie-crazy in an effort to replace Aunt Polly as the ultimate pie baker.
What I liked about the book: Each chapter includes a pie recipe at the beginning. So readers who find themselves craving one of Aunt Polly’s delicious pies can try baking one for themselves. This is a quick, rather quirky read perfect for elementary school readers. Some reviewers have criticized the book for being too cute or too sweet. I think Weeks found the perfect balance of humor, sadness and happy ending. I have a whole school of young girls (and a few boys as well) who will enjoy this book.
What I didn’t like about the book: I loved it all. Great elementary school read!
Recommended for Third grade and up (though it might be a nice read aloud for second grade.)
AR Book Level: 5.6
Mrs. Archer’s rating: 4 of 5!