Sarah Weeks


Calling all MOTHER/DAUGHTER Book Groups! 


If you're looking for a good selection for a mother/daughter book club, take a peek at this cool site from the good folks at Scholastic:


I am a HUGE fan of state awards and am honored that PIE has been nominated for a number of them.  I am overjoyed to announce that PIE won the 2014 upper elementary division of the ORCA (Oregon Reader's Choice Award)  Woo hoo!  Thanks Oregon voters!

Holy Smokes!  PIE won the Grand Canyon Reader Award too! Thanks Arizona voters!


Double Holy Smokes!  PIE won the intermediate division  Tennessee Volunteer State Book Award too! Thank you very much, Tenness voters!

I'm also honored that PIE was chosen as an honor book for the 2014 Crown Award, endorsed by the National Christian School Association.





Scholastic posted an interview on-line which has a lot of great info you can use.  Check it out at:





If you'd like to host a** PIE PARTY** at your school or book club, write me an e-mail and I'll be happy to send you some suggestions on how to do that.  Also, check out the pie party photos on the BLOG. Send me a photo from your party (with permission to post) and I'll be happy to add it to the collection.

Looking for some ideas for class projects based on PIE?                                     

  •   HAPPINESS IS….The book identified the not-so-secret recipe for happiness: Friendship, Family, and the pleasure of doing something for the right reason.  Students can find the ingredients of this recipe as they read the book.  Have students write their own recipes for happiness and share them with others.


  •   THANK YOU VERY MUCH….The first line in the book is “Thank you very much.”  Make notecards decorated with pictures of pies and have students write a thank you note to someone who is special in their life, identifying what the person has done for the writer to make his/her life happy.


  •  STATE PRIDE….People bring special ingredients from the states where they live so that Polly can use them in her pies.  Have students identify the pie ingredient that best represents their state.


  •  YUM….Polly bakes pies with specific people in mind, using their favorite ingredients.  Have students make up a recipe for a pie that would include some of their favorite ingredients.


  •  FOOD FOR THOUGHT….Henry David Thoreau once said, “Things do not change; we do.”  Readers can discuss what that statement means and whether they agree with its premise.  How does this statement apply to this book?  Readers can identify examples of specific situations when characters change in the book.  They can then identify a situation in their own lives when they changed, and because of that change the situation improved.


  •  AUNT POLLY SAYS…. “The most important ingredient in a pie is that love that goes into it.”  Have students identify one thing they loved about the book.  Create a bulletin board or a classroom door decoration made up of these ingredients.


  •  RECIPE FOR A GOOD BOOK…. Have students think about the ingredients for a good book and write them down in the form of a recipe, ie:  “A pinch of mystery”  “One heaping tablespoon of humor”, etc.


  •  JUST FOR FUN….. watch the YOUTUBE video of the opening of “Sky King” as well as the Nabisco jingle mentioned in the book.  Have students comment on the differences between these clips and what they see on television today.


                                             HAPPY BAKING!!!!