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Title:
The truth about Twinkie Pie
Author:
Yeh, Kat, author.
Personal Author:
Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2015.
Physical Description:
342 pages ; 21 cm
Summary:
"When twelve-year-old GiGi and her big sister DiDi move to Long Island from South Carolina for GiGi to attend a fancy new private school, GiGi has a new recipe for success and makes new friends, but then discovers a family secret that turns her life upside-down"--
Language:
English
Reading Level:
730 Lexile.
ISBN:
9780316236621

9780316236713
Format :
Book

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Summary

There's something about asking for Impossible Things. For one little second, they feel Possible.

Take two sisters making it on their own: brainy twelve-year-old GiGi and junior-high-dropout-turned-hairstylist DiDi. Add a million dollars in prize money from a national cooking contest and a move from the trailer parks of South Carolina to the North Shore of Long Island. Mix in a fancy new school, new friends and enemies, a first crush, and a generous sprinkling of family secrets.

That's the recipe for The Truth About Twinkie Pie , a voice-driven middle-grade debut about the true meaning of family and friendship.


Author Notes

Kat Yeh grew up reading, writing, and dreaming in Westtown, PA. She currently lives with her family on Long Island, where she can see water every day. The Truth About Twinkie Pie is her debut novel. You can visit her at katyeh.com.


Reviews 3

Booklist Review

The bouncy voice of protagonist Gigi aka Double G, aka Galileo Galilei, aka Leia makes her tale of a move, friendship, crushes, and a mystery about her identity a very easy one to get caught up in. Relocated from a South Carolina trailer park to a tony Long Island town by her older sister (thanks to her sis' cooking skills, which won a million-dollar prize), Gigi vows to make a fresh start at her new prep school. Befriending the cutest guy in her class on her first day helps, though it also results in her making a fierce enemy in alpha girl Mace. Recipes handed down by the siblings' deceased mother flavorfully color the emotional ups and downs and increase in importance when she learns the woman who wrote them down might still be alive. Surprisingly, Mace may be the one to help her uncover the truth. A fine, auspicious entry into the world of middle-grade fiction, and as a bonus, the recipes might inspire readers to try their own million-dollar recipes.--Cruze, Karen Copyright 2015 Booklist


Publisher's Weekly Review

Twelve-year-old Galileo Galilei Barnes (shortened to GiGi, for obvious reasons) has been raised by her older sister, DiDi, ever since their mother died. After DiDi wins a million dollars in a cooking contest, the two girls move from a South Carolina trailer park to a wealthy town in Long Island to get GiGi the best education possible. Hoping to make the most of her new school, GiGi has put together a "Recipe for Success," with items that include making real friends for the first time and being "the girl Mama would be if she were here. Friendly. Funny. Confident." A cute boy at school and a mean girl who is jealous of her initially appear to be familiar types, but they, along with DiDi, have major surprises in store for GiGi and readers; in her first novel, picture book author Yeh (The Magic Brush) skillfully builds toward a breathless, emotional conclusion. Recipes are scattered throughout, emphasizing the way food connects GiGi to her family-even when she learns her family isn't quite what she thought it was. Ages 8-12. Agent: Sarah Davies, Greenhouse Literary Agency. (Jan.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


School Library Journal Review

Gr 6 Up-GiGi (short for Galileo Galilei, a name given in the hope that she would one day become a scientist) moves in with her sister DiDi (short for Delta Dawn) after DiDi wins one million dollars in a cooking show contest. DiDi, who, in the aftermath of their Mama's death, functions as a mother figure for GiGi, is a school drop-out hairstylist. She wants the best for GiGi, so she pulls up their trailer park roots and replants them in expensive New York where brainy GiGi can go to the best private school. GiGi expects to be out of her element in this new environment, until she literally trips her way into a friendship with the coolest boy in school. Trouble is, that friendship also earns her the enmity of mean girl Mace. But when Mace hits it off with DiDi better than GiGi ever has, it's confusing. Then there's the fact that Mama may not be dead after all. While the ending may not exactly surprise, getting there is a delight. GiGi's voice keeps the story light and humorous, in spite of seventh-grade drama and misperceptions. Sprinkled with comfort food recipes for Twinkie Pie, Madder'n Heck Smashed Potatoes, and Tangled-Up Pie (made with spaghetti), and down-home commentary, the plot moves at a steady pace. Endearing characters will keep readers engaged throughout as more than one character learns the true meanng of family and friendship. Recommended for middle school and YA collections.-Katherine Koenig, The Ellis School, PA (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


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