Alice’s Aunt Polly Portman was famous for making pies. Well, they weren’t just ANY pies. They were prize-winning totally awesome pies! Her secret pie crust recipe was the envy of everyone around! Polly just didn’t make award-winning pies, she also gave the pies away, for free, at her pie shop. When Polly passed away, everyone in the town of Ipswitch was heart-broken for two reasons: they’ll miss Polly AND they’ll miss her pies! Alice was very upset when her aunt, who she loved, died. She used to spend lots of time with Polly at her shop. Alice finds out that Aunt Polly left her award-winning pie crust recipe to Polly’s grouchy pet cat “Lardo” and she left Lardo in the care of Alice. The whole town goes crazy! Everyone realizes they FINALLY have a chance at winning some pie awards now that they don’t have Polly to go up against. Even Alice’s own mother seemed to have been jealous of Polly! Everyone wanted to get their hands on Polly’s secret pie crust recipe. Someone even broke into Polly’s store looking for it. When Lardo turns up missing, Alice is afraid someone cat-napped him!
This was a really great story. The characters were kind of wacky but I liked that. The story had some very funny parts and I REALLY liked the name of the cat – Lardo (hee hee). I liked the mystery part of the plot of the story (WHO took Lardo and WHY does Lardo have the secret pie recipe?), but the story was about more than that. It is also about how the whole town had to deal with Polly’s death, not just Alice. Alice was a good character and I was really hoping that everything worked out for her. I really liked how at the beginning of each chapter there is a pie recipe – that was a fun “bonus” to the book. So of course I had to try to make a pie (with the help of my mom and little sister! I chose to make the chocolate cream pie at the beginning of chapter 7!
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