The Truth about Twinkie Pie

The Truth about Twinkie Pie

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by Kat Yeh
     
 

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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

Overview

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.

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
From the Publisher
*"Yeh's characters are full of heart and she perfectly captures the middle school parent-child dynamic."
Library Media Connection (starred review)
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The bouncy voice of protagonist Gigi—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."
Booklist
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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."
Kirkus Reviews
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This story will tug at your heart strings and make you hungry at the same time."
VOYA"

Endearing characters will keep readers engaged throughout as more than one character learns the true meaning of family and friendship."
School Library Journal

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780316236591
Publisher:
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication date:
01/27/2015
Sold by:
Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
130,328
File size:
881 KB
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

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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The Truth about Twinkie Pie 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you haven't yet read this book, you have commited a terrible crime. I'm serious. This book brings you to tears. It is a touching story of a girl named Gigi who discovers that The Truth is very important, and not everyone Tells It Like It Is.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a must read book. Anyone interestead in a secreat mystery ( Wich FYI means the gonre is not mystrey just the actual book seems like a mystery) hidden beneath a novel will love this book! It is a wonderful story that wildraw you in so beutifully that I could not put this book down.
SydneyO More than 1 year ago
Twelve-year-old Gigi quickly won my admiration with her determination to define herself in her own way and take control of her life. She kept me smiling, even as my heart ached for her. This is a tender story that inspires appreciation for the value of family and friendships. Kat Yey does a wonderful job of telling it from Gigi’s point of view while also creating empathy with supporting characters. The pace is crisp with surprises at every turn, escalating to the biggest surprise of all in the climax. I thoroughly enjoyed THE TRUTH ABOUT TWINKIE PIE and highly recommend it! Oh, and for those who have a sweet tooth, the book is peppered with sinfully sweet recipes.
Ashley_Belletristic_Books More than 1 year ago
This review was originally posted on my blog Belletristic Books. It’s been a while since I’ve read a middle grade story. The Truth About Twinkie Pie very much exceeded my expectations. This book has a lot to do with baking, family, friendships, telling the truth, and finding out who you are. I thought it covered all these topics quite masterfully. I believe that it’d be a great story for kids in middle school as well as teens and even older readers interested in either young adult or middle grade tales. It’s a charming book that covers some big issues in a light way while being incredibly unique. My absolute favorite part of it was the recipes contained between many of the chapters! I honestly don’t want to say a lot about this because I wouldn’t want to spoil some of the twists in it!   I quite enjoyed reading The Truth About Twinkie Pie – I felt that each character was distinct and realistic. A line from this book really spoke to me because it’s just so true about how life is – “Life had handed us one heck of a Basket of Mystery Ingredients, and we were just going to have to figure out what we wanted to do with them. Keep some things, change others, and the recipe-well, we’d just make it up as we went along, and whatever we ended up with, the most important thing was, we would make it together” (Page 326). Because of how intriguing the plot of this book is as well as how endearing the characters are, I’m giving it 4 out of 5 stars. Despite the fact that this book is geared towards middle schoolers, I genuinely feel that it’s the kind of story that anyone could relate to since it has a lot of aspects about being true to yourself.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book it is good for ages 8-12
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!