Today I Read…Pi in the Sky

Pi in the SkyToday I read Pi in the Sky by Wendy Mass.

It’s not easy being the son of the Supreme Overlord of the Universe. It’s even harder being the seventh of seven sons. And the hardest thing of all is being the unremarkable younger brother of six overachieving brothers with really important jobs that help keep the universe running. Joss’s job, on the other hand, is to deliver pies. Delicious pies that help keep the universe from collapsing or crashing into itself, but still, pies. And he still has to go to school.

Then one day someone from a tiny little planet called Earth sees The Realms, the place where Joss and his people live–and unfortunately, the punishment for that is to have the whole planet destroyed immediately. It’s a shame and all, but now weird things are happening in The Realms–Joss’ best friend Kal and his parents have disappeared and somehow been replaced by the last human girl from Earth: Annika, who’s definitely the strangest person Joss has ever met.She thinks she’s dreaming and invented The Realms, and Joss, and she likes bagels with cream cheese and Red Hots.

Now Joss and Annika are trying to find a way to bring back Earth, and Kal and his parents, and get Annika home, and not, you know, destroy the universe in the process. It’s a big job for a pair of twelve-year-olds (ok, so Joss is more like twelve billion, but it’s same thing really). Good thing they have pie.

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This was another of the advanced reading copies that I got at the OLA Super Conference. It’s scheduled to be released this June.

I really enjoyed this book. Wendy Mass does a great job of showing the wonders of science and the universe and being scientifically accurate without bogging down the story with details or getting too technical for the intended audience (ages 8-12 per the back of the book). Each chapter is headed by a quote from a scientist, philosopher or writer. Carl Sagan is featured in the dedication, the quotes, and is a character within the novel, as Annika’s personal hero.

Joss explains at the start that he is the exception to the rule that the seventh son is always special, but he learns that he just doesn’t know how special he is–that his talent seems ordinary to him, but it’s something that no one else can do, not even his older brothers. Joss isn’t stupid or useless, he’s just young and still growing into his powers. His family does recognize and value his talents, they were just waiting for him to figure it out for himself. Annika is a strange figure to Joss–she’s not only human, she’s a girl. To a twelve-year-old, that’s probably the strangest thing there is.

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“If you wish to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first invent the universe.”

-Carl Sagan, astronomer

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3 thoughts on “Today I Read…Pi in the Sky

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