Wednesday, December 2, 2015

The Truth About Twinkie Pie

I'm always wary of books that are too Southern so it took me a few false starts before I got fully into The Truth About Twinkie Pie. I'm glad I persevered, because this is a charming coming of age novel.

GiGi (short for Galileo Galilei) and her older sister DiDi (short for Delta Dawn) have turned their lives around, despite their rough start being orphaned in a South Carolina trailer park. DiDi won a million dollars in a cooking contest and they moved to New York so GiGi could attend an elite private school. GiGi wants to start a new life and be the normal girl she never was before. It's not so easy to escape your past, especially when secrets continue to come to light.

Interspersed with recipes that relate to the narrative, Twinkie Pie was a sweet novel. I was particularly touched by DiDi, whose dedication to GiGi was beautiful and all-encompassing. I also enjoyed the mini-romance with a truly kind boy. I'm not sure how popular this book will be with my current crop of students, but it's nice to have in mind for kids who like Savvy or A Snicker of Magic.

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