The Truth About Twinkie Pie (Hardcover)

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By Kat Yeh
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This book broke my heart and then put it back together again. Twelve year old GiGi lives with her much older sister DiDi. DiDi pushes her to work hard in school and never lets her forget the memory of her beautiful, positive and resourceful mother. But when the sisters move to a nicer town, with money that DiDi won in a baking contest, and GiGi starts a new private school, her life begins to unravel until she's no longer sure who she is or who to trust. This is a story about poverty, social mobility and identity, and is told with a believable voice by a fiercely likable character. For ages 10-12. --  Clare D. 

— From March 2015


There's something about asking for Impossible Things. For one little second, they feel Possible.

Take two sisters making it on their own: brainy twelve-year-old GiGi and junior-high-dropout-turned-hairstylist DiDi. Add a million dollars in prize money from a national cooking contest and a move from the trailer parks of South Carolina to the North Shore of Long Island. Mix in a fancy new school, new friends and enemies, a first crush, and a generous sprinkling of family secrets.

That's the recipe for The Truth About Twinkie Pie, a voice-driven middle-grade debut about the true meaning of family and friendship.

About the Author

Kat Yeh is the author of the critically acclaimed middle grade novels The Truth About Twinkie Pie and The Way to Bea. She grew up reading, writing, and dreaming in Westtown, Pennsylvania. She currently lives with her family on Long Island. Learn more about Kat at

Praise For…

*"Yeh's characters are full of heart and she perfectly captures the middle school parent-child dynamic."
Library Media Connection (starred review)

"The bouncy voice of protagonist Gigi--aka Galileo Galilei, aka Leia--makes her tale of a move, friendship, crushes, and a mystery about her identity a very easy one to get caught up in."

"Filled with enough characters and plot for two novels, Yeh's nimbly voiced, combination fish-out-of-water, personal transformation and emotional family tale is also stuffed with charm."
Kirkus Reviews

"This story will tug at your heart strings and make you hungry at the same time."

"Endearing characters will keep readers engaged throughout as more than one character learns the true meaning of family and friendship."
School Library Journal
Product Details
ISBN: 9780316236621
ISBN-10: 0316236624
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: January 27th, 2015
Pages: 352
Language: English