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After the death of Polly Portman, whose award-winning pies put the town of Ipswitch, Pennsylvania, on the map in the 1950s, her devoted niece Alice and Alice's friend Charlie investigate who is going to extremes to find Aunt Polly's secret pie crust recipe. Includes fourteen pie recipes.
Publisher: New York, NY : Scholastic Press, 2011.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780545270113
Branch Call Number: WEEKS
Characteristics: 183 p.


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Jun 11, 2017

This is a wonderful story filled with mystery, friendship, family, and (you guessed it) pie. I really liked how this book included recipes of different pies at the beginning of each chapter. I think this is creative and unique. Furthermore the book sometimes had a few small quatrain poems (short poems that have a rhyming scheme: ABAB or ABCB). This book shows you the importance of friends and family. I really hope that you will like reading this book as much as I did!

Oct 13, 2016

This book was really great! I have probably read it 2 to 3 times and each time I always get captivated into the world in this book. It is a mystery book, but also talks about pie and cats which made it even better!
Really great book and I recommend!

spl_merley Aug 16, 2016

A wonderful book for children and adults to read together as they learn to appreciate the gifts that each person has.

Oct 22, 2015

Beautiful, captivating story! It is just the ingredient to cook up and find a great book!

IJohn Jun 08, 2014

I absolutely loved this book! If you are into mysteries [and pies/cats] I totally recommend this book!!

Mar 25, 2014


Aug 27, 2013

Great book! Awesome pie recipes

JCLBarbaraL May 23, 2013

A "sweet" mystery with a red herring . After inheriting a cat named Lardo who is heir to her aunt's famous pie recipe, Alice and her friend Charlie set out to find out who stole the recipe from LARDO. Lots of quirky characters, friendships, family and pie recipes!

Apr 28, 2013

A fun read that pulls on the heart strings. Bonus: When it makes you hungry for pie it provides a recipe!

AlgonquinYouthServices Apr 15, 2013

When Alice’s favorite aunt, Polly Portman baker extraordinaire, dies, she is heartbroken. The rest of the town wonders what will become of them, now that their claim to fame and tourists is gone. Aunt Polly was the 13 time winner of the Blueberry Medal for the country’s best pie. And she left her crust recipe to her mean, chubby, old cat Lardo, and she left Lardo to Alice. Alice’s mom is very angry at being left out of the will, and wants nothing to do with the cat. Against her parents’ wishes, Alice keeps the cat. Meanwhile, the search is on for the recipe. People all over town are baking in the hope of recreating the recipe. Someone breaks into Aunt Polly’s shop, and then Lardo is kidnapped. Alice and her friend Charlie set out to solve the mystery and find Lardo.

If you like mysteries or cooking you’ll want to read this fun book. Each chapter starts with a pie recipe.
~Alexa Newman, Youth Services Librarian

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spl_merley Aug 16, 2016

Polly's pies have won the Blueberry Gold Medal back to back for longer than anyone and her little pie shop has attracted attention from far and wide to her small town. When Alice's aunt Polly dies unexpectedly the entire community feels the loss of Polly and her award winning pies and none more than Alice. Pie unravels the mystery about what made Polly's pies so great and why she would leave her aware winning and priceless pastry recipe to a cat named Lardo. As townspeople become obsessed with reproducing Polly's pies it takes them a little while to figure out that making a great pie involves more than the right ingredients.


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