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Pie in the Sky

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 annoying) 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, emotional middle-grade debut, Remy Lai delivers a scrumptious combination of vibrant graphic art and pitch-perfect writing.

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Praise for Pie in the Sky

★ "A heartfelt treat." Kirkus Reviews, starred review


★ "The perfect mixture of funny and emotionally resonant." School Library Journal, starred review


★ "Lai imbues this with an undeniable sweetness." —Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, starred review


★ "Perfect for fans of Gene Luen Yang and Victoria Jamieson." Shelf Awareness, starred review


★ "A delectable page-turner" Horn Book, starred review


"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


"Remy Lai seamlessly mixes together equal parts of humor, loss, identity, discovery, and love to create a delicious concoction of a story. Jingwen's feelings of isolation as he tries to become comfortable in a new country without knowing the language are illustrated beautifully with Lai's insightful drawings. Also an inspiring read for young bakers!"

—Veera Hiranandani, Newbery Honor-winning author of The Night Diary


“Lai masterfully blends all of the funny, frightening, loving, lonely, comforting, and confusing flavors of growing up.”

Andrew Medlar, Director of BookOps, NY


“The perfect mix of emotion and humor. Fans of Real Friends will love this!”

Kristen Gilligan, Tattered Cover Bookstore


“A little salty, very sweet, and as comforting as a perfectly made cake.”

—Lillian Tschudi-Campbell, Red Balloon Bookshop


"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. Even if it doesn’t involve cake."

—Betsy Bird, Fuse 8 Production

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About the Author

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Remy Lai studied fine arts, with a major in painting and drawing. She was born in Indonesia, grew up in Singapore, and currently lives in Brisbane, Australia, where she writes and draws stories for kids with her two dogs by her side. Pie in the Sky is her debut middle-grade novel.


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