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Stop the Train! by Geraldine McCaughrean
The Thing About Jellyfish by Ali Benjamin
This Is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith
Traveling Light by Lynne Branard
The Truth About Twinkie Pie by Kat Yeh
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The Truth About Twinkie Pie: 04/10/17

The Truth About Twinkie Pie by Kat Yeh

The Truth About Twinkie Pie by Kat Yeh is the tale of two sisters trying to make a life for themselves after the death of their mother. The older sister is working in a salon and the story is told from the younger sister's point of view.

GiGi is in middle school and DiDi is a drop out. But the girls can cook and they recently won enough money to move from their trailer park in South Carolina to Long Island.

Mostly though the story is about GiGi trying to adjust to her new life. She misses her mother but she's got a new start. She just needs to get into the groove with her school and make new friends. But years of being on edge because of an ailing mother and looming poverty has made her skittish.

For so many siblings trying to make a go out of after their parents die, type books, this one is the most uplifting. Rather, it's the least melodramatic. Of course it does rely on the award of a huge baking prize, but it's otherwise the story of the older sibling stepping up to care for the younger sibling.

Each chapter is introduced with a recipe for a gooey pie. None of them were ones I'd want to try. I'm more a fruit pie person than a sugary filing one.

Four stars

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