Pie in the Sky

Pie in the Sky

Book - 2019
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Knowing very little English, eleven-year-old Jingwen feels like an alien when his family immigrates to Australia, but copes with loneliness and the loss of his father by baking elaborate cakes.
Publisher: New York :, Henry Holt and Company,, 2019.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781250314093
Branch Call Number: J FIC LAI
Characteristics: 380 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm

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CRRLKids Sep 26, 2019

Jingwen and his little brother Yanghao are perfect comedic foils for each other as they navigate a new life in Australia, struggling to learn English, fit in, and most importantly, not kill each other in the process! The humor in the illustrations depicting the frequently trivial sibling squabbles is hysterical. And through it all is interwoven more serious discussions of guilt over a father's death, retaliation against a struggling single mom, and a slow struggle to rebuild the family bonds that have long been broken. A very genuine, humorous read for preteens.

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darladoodles
Sep 20, 2019

This book made me want to eat cake! Yingwen (11) feels like he is on an alien planet when he and his little brother immigrate to Australia with their mother. He grows weary of attempting to speak and understand English. It is such a tedious process and he feels like he is SLOW. Because of his fond memories of making cakes with his family before the move, cookbooks are a source of comfort. Yingwen hatches a plan (which requires constant revisions) in which he and his little brother will bake all the cakes that were to be on the menu at a bakery their father had dreamed of opening named Pie in the Sky. The two boys manage to bake twelve cakes in all, mostly in secret. In order to erase all evidence of their baking, they also polish off each cake in one sitting most of the time. This is a heartwarming story although I grew weary of the word "booger" and did not always love the graphics. Overall, the combination works well and shows a family overcoming loss and adversity with hope for the future.

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Aug 20, 2019

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