By Sarah Weeks
Scholastic, Inc, 2011
Audience: Younger Teens, Tweens
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.
This book was recommended to me by a c0-worker. I am so glad she did. It was a great mystery, and it made me super hungry for pie. Blueberry, specifically. This book comes with recipes, but I think it would be overambitious of me to try them. Sigh. Pie.
Anyway, back to the review.
It was a mystery. It doesn't look like a mystery from the cover, but it was phenomenal. It kept me guessing. Right when I thought I had it figured out, someone else started to look a wee bit suspicious. I really liked the ending, even though it didn't end the way that I thought it would. It felt like it was what would happen in real life, which doesn't necessarily end in "happily ever after," but that doesn't mean that people are unhappy. It's just the way things go.
I thought the way that grief was addressed was very well done, also. If you know a tween who has lost someone, and needs something to identify with, this would be a good book.
This book, well, it really just has it all.
If you want a super-good, old-fashioned mystery, check this book out!