This book made me want to eat cake! Yingwen (11) feels like he is on an alien planet when he and his little brother immigrate to Australia with their mother. He grows weary of attempting to speak and understand English. It is such a tedious process and he feels like he is SLOW. Because of his fond memories of making cakes with his family before the move, cookbooks are a source of comfort. Yingwen hatches a plan (which requires constant revisions) in which he and his little brother will bake all the cakes that were to be on the menu at a bakery their father had dreamed of opening named Pie in the Sky. The two boys manage to bake twelve cakes in all, mostly in secret. In order to erase all evidence of their baking, they also polish off each cake in one sitting most of the time. This is a heartwarming story although I grew weary of the word "booger" and did not always love the graphics. Overall, the combination works well and shows a family overcoming loss and adversity with hope for the future.

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