“If books came in cake form (and WHY NOT, I ask?), Pie in the Sky would be the apple mille-feuille of the bunch. Lai masterfully creates a story of grief, familial love and discord, and alienation that will have readers both biting their nails and loudly guffawing. The character of Jingwen helps us remember that growing up means forgiving yourself and others—even if letting go is the one thing you don’t want to do. A delicious confection that will be devoured by fans of Raina Telgemeier, Vera Brosgol, and Shaun Tan.”
— Hannah DeCamp, Avid Bookshop, Athens, GA
A poignant, laugh-out-loud illustrated middle-grade novel about an eleven-year-old boy's immigration experience, his annoying little brother, and their cake-baking hijinks!
"Pie in the Sky is like enjoying a decadent cake . . . heartwarming and rib-tickling." —Terri Libenson, bestselling author of Invisible Emmie
Sometimes life isn't a piece of cake . . .
When Jingwen moves to a new country, he feels like he’s landed on Mars. School is torture, making friends is impossible since he doesn’t speak English, and he's often stuck looking after his (extremely irritating) little brother, Yanghao.
To distract himself from the loneliness, Jingwen daydreams about making all the cakes on the menu of Pie in the Sky, the bakery his father had planned to open before he unexpectedly passed away. The only problem is his mother has laid down one major rule: the brothers are not to use the oven while she's at work. As Jingwen and Yanghao bake elaborate cakes, they'll have to cook up elaborate excuses to keep the cake making a secret from Mama.
In her hilarious, moving middle-grade debut, Remy Lai delivers a scrumptious combination of vibrant graphic art and pitch-perfect writing that will appeal to fans of Shannon Hale and LeUyen Pham's Real Friends, Kelly Yang's Front Desk, and Jerry Craft's New Kid.
A Junior Library Guild selection!
"Seamlessly mixes together equal parts of humor, loss, identity, discovery, and love to create a delicious concoction of a story. . . illustrated beautifully with Lai's insightful drawings." —Veera Hiranandani, Newbery Honor-winning author of The Night Diary
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A Junior Library Guild selection!
"Pie in the Sky is like enjoying a decadent cake: it’s multilayered, thoughtfully prepared, and sweet (but not sickeningly so!). And the icing on the cake? It’s both heartwarming and rib-tickling. Thoroughly satisfying." —Terri Libenson, bestselling author of Invisible Emmie
* "Jingwen's emotional journey is grounded in honest reality; it ebbs and flows naturally with strategic spots of humor to lighten the overall tone. Like salted caramel, a perfect balance of flavors, this deftly drawn story is a heartfelt treat." —Kirkus Reviews, STARRED review
"Remy Lai seamlessly mixes together equal parts of humor, loss, identity, discovery, and love to create a delicious concoction of a story. . . illustrated beautifully with Lai's insightful drawings. Also an inspiring read for young bakers!" —Veera Hiranandani, Newbery Honor-winning author of The Night Diary
"If this is what Remy Lai’s got going on straight out of the gate, I can’t wait to see what she comes up with next." —Fuse #8
* "Prose chapters interwoven with comic-book panels excellently illustrate language as a barrier that makes Jingwen feel alien . . . Lai imbues this [story] with an undeniable sweetness." —Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, STARRED review
"Lai’s cartoon illustrations depict Jingwen’s sense of alienation with care and sensitivity. An emotional tale about loss and letting go, pleasantly buoyed by comedy and cake baking." —Booklist