The Truth About Twinkie Pie
The Truth About Twinkie Pie

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Annotation: 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.
Catalog Number: #118748
Format: Perma-Bound Edition
All Formats: Search
Common Core/STEAM: Common Core Common Core
Copyright Date: 2015
Edition Date: 2015
Pages: 342 pages
Availability: Indefinitely Out of Stock (Limited Quantities Available)
ISBN: Publisher: 0-316-23662-4 Perma-Bound: 0-605-93817-2
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-0-316-23662-1 Perma-Bound: 978-0-605-93817-5
Dewey: Fic
LCCN: 2013042076
Dimensions: 20 cm.
Language: English
Reviews:
ALA Booklist
The bouncy voice of protagonist Gigi a Double G, aka Galileo Galilei, aka Leia kes 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.
School Library Journal
Gr 6 Up&12; 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.&12; Katherine Koenig, The Ellis School, PA
Voice of Youth Advocates
When Gigi's older sister, Didi, wins a million dollars in a cooking contest, the first thing she does is to move them from South Carolina to Long Island. Didi wants her younger sister to make it big in this world. Didi tries hard to make sure that Gigi has everything she needs, including food that their mother used to make. She saves every penny for Gigi's college fund and pushes her sister to study hard. Gigi decides to reinvent herself before starting at her new school in Long Island. On the first day of school, she literally runs into a boy. Trip takes her under his wing and, for the first time in her life, Gigi has friends. When Gigi discovers the truth about a family secret, however, it could tear the sisters apart.The Truth about Twinkie Pie follows two sisters as they fight, learn about life, and discover the meaning of family. These two sisters live for each other, but their worlds spread further and further apart as more people come into their lives. The secrets that come out are not shocking, but they change the whole dynamic of the book. The comfort food in this novel comes from the heart and from family history. Recipes with great names are included in the story as they are discussed: Love at First Salad, Mama's Turn Over a New Leaf Turnover, and Heartbreak on Toast. This story will tug at your heart strings and make you hungry at the same time.Jennifer Rummel.
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Word Count: 62,386
Reading Level: 4.6
Interest Level: 3-6
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 4.6 / points: 9.0 / quiz: 174347 / grade: Middle Grades
Reading Counts!: reading level:4.5 / points:15.0 / quiz:Q65433
Lexile: 730L
Guided Reading Level: Z
Fountas & Pinnell: Z

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.


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