The Truth About Twinkie Pie [NOOK Book]

Overview

Take two sisters making it on their own: brainy twelve-year-old GiGi (short for Galileo Galilei, a name she never says out loud) and junior-high-dropout-turned-hairstylist DiDi (short for Delta Dawn). Add a million dollars in prize money from a national cooking contest and a move from the trailer parks of South Carolina to the Gold Coast of New York. Mix in a fancy new school, new friends and enemies, a first crush, and a generous sprinkling of family secrets.
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The Truth About Twinkie Pie

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Overview

Take two sisters making it on their own: brainy twelve-year-old GiGi (short for Galileo Galilei, a name she never says out loud) and junior-high-dropout-turned-hairstylist DiDi (short for Delta Dawn). Add a million dollars in prize money from a national cooking contest and a move from the trailer parks of South Carolina to the Gold Coast of New York. 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.
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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
10/01/2014
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
Publishers Weekly
10/20/2014
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.)
Children's Literature - Meredith Kiger
This clever, well written, easy-to-read novel about twelve-year-old Gigi is told in her own words. Gigi lives on Long Island with her “older sister,” Didi (short for Delta Dawn). They’re transplants from South Carolina. Gigi has been told her mother died when Gigi was a baby but knows none of the details. Didi works hard as a beautician to keep Gigi in a private school where she is just beginning her new academic year. Gigi excels at school but has a list for success that includes making new friends. The story centers on Gigi’s life at school and making friends with a new boy Trip, but she keeps wondering about her mother and her mother’s favorite lipstick color, “Cherries in the Snow.” Her wondering leads her to run away to South Carolina to find information about her mother. What she finds turns her world upside down, including her relationship with Didi. It is difficult to imagine that Gigi is only a seventh grader, as she takes many risks, but readers will enjoy this coming of age story. Recipes supposedly from her deceased mother’s cookbook are scattered throughout, adding a delightful touch to the story. Reviewer: Meredith Kiger, Ph.D.; Ages 10 to 13.
Kirkus Reviews
2014-10-22
When 12-year-old GiGi moves from a trailer park in South Carolina to an upscale community on Long Island, she decides to reinvent herself.GiGi is short for Galileo Galilei, and her older sister and guardian, DiDi, a beautiful, uneducated hairdresser, has always encouraged her to reach for the stars. So when DiDi wins a million dollars in a bake-off, she moves them 800 miles north and enrolls GiGi in the ritzy Hill Prep. GiGi has always followed DiDi's "Recipe for Success," earning perfect grades by studying 150 percent. But GiGi longs for friends and fun, so she concocts a different recipe for herself, starting with a new name. Of course, not everyone in her swanky school is receptive to the girl with the hairdresser sister and Dollar Store shoes, and Yeh does a good job of making what could be clichéd characters, such as the snotty rich girl, come across as layered and original instead. The discovery of a surprising but credible family secret leads to a moving finish, though GiGi's personality in this part of the story feels inconsistent. Many chapters end with a fun (food snobs beware) recipe from GiGi's dead mother's cookbook, featuring ingredients such as condensed soup or instant pudding mix. Filled with enough characters and plot for two novels, Yeh's nimbly voiced, combination fish-out-of-water, personal transformation and emotional family tale is also stuffed with charm. (Fiction. 10-14)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780316236591
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
  • Publication date: 1/27/2015
  • Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 725,671
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • File size: 861 KB

Meet the Author

Before writing children's books, Kat worked for many years in advertising and sports marketing at Saatchi&Saatchi. She is the author of two previously published picturebooks: YOU'RE LOVABLE TO ME and THE MAGIC BRUSH: A Story of Love, Family, and Chinese Characters. She lives very close to the water, in a village in Long Island, NY. In 2012 Kat won the SCBWI Sue Alexander Award for her debut YA novel, GIRL OF SHADOW, which is currently a work in progress.
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