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The Truth About Twinkie Pie by Kat Yeh

The Truth About Twinkie Pie by Kat Yeh

Oh what an adorable story! Family, friendship, determination and a couple of clever plot twists were highlights in this fun story that mixed culinary adventures with self-discovery to come out with a wonderful and uplifiting tale.

The Truth About Twinkie Pie

GiGi and her older sister DiDi have a new challenge: relocating from the small South Carolina town after GiGi won a cooking contest, the path to success seems bright.  But, while DiDi believes that success comes from long hours and putting in the time, and is determined that GiGi will do the same,  GiGi really wants to be a kid and learn, and she has her own ideas (and a prize winning recipe), as she learns to navigate the new environment, new friends and the struggles with growing up.

Each character in this story is important and built with depth and interest, DiDi and GiGi are wonderfully complex, with their differing perspectives on life and what is important in the grand scheme of things.  With plenty of simple lessons to learn, and DiDi’s big secret that is revealed, the reinvention of GiGi in her life at an elite private school is a wonderful journey: full of moments that feel real and plausible.

Perhaps the most intriguing part of the story is Yeh’s ability to convincingly and solidly write a middle grade book that carries the best hallmarks of southern literature.  Her characters are deceivingly complex, even those who briefly appear leave a lasting impression while dropping a piece of wisdom that adds depth to the plot.  Voices are clearly of their age, even as some of the issues are decidedly mature, and are handled with grace and careful phrasing, not an in your face sort of revelation.  This story grabs you early and keeps you invested through the last page: even as you need to go use the recipes, this story is a winner – both for middle grade and older.

Narration in this story is provided by Cassandra Morris and she perfectly captures the cadences and inflections of a southern drawl as she narrates the story from GiGi’s point of view.  Her voice moves clearly through the story, not missing a beat.  Careful placement of pauses and volume changes signify more ‘important’ moments, but the overall impression feels as if GiGi is telling you her story, watching your reactions.  In audio, this was a pleasure, so easy to lose myself in the story and just wait for the next moment.

A lovely story perfect for middle school readers and listeners –and perfect for a family listen or read with the down-home feel and never ending revelations.

Stars: Overall 5 Narration  4 Story  5

The Truth About Twinkie Pie by Kat Yeh

Title: The Truth About Twinkie Pie
Author: Kat Yeh
Genre: Children's Literature, Family Saga
Narrator: Cassandra Morris
Published by: Little Brown Books for Young Readers, Hachette Audio
ISBN: 0316236624
Published on: 27 January 2015
Format:Audiobook
Source: Hachette Audio
Pages: 343
Audio Length: 7 Hours: 30 minutes
Rated: One StarOne StarOne StarOne StarOne Star
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About the Book:

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

A copy of this title was provided via Hachette Audio for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.

About Kat Yeh

Kat grew up reading, doodling and scribbling in Westtown, Pennsylvania. She worked for many years in advertising and sports marketing, while writing children’s books in the wee hours of the night. She currently lives on Long Island where she can see water every day and explore all the bay and harbor beaches with her family.

 

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