Synopses & Reviews
Its not easy being the middle child, especially when your dad is a Navy Chief. Meet Piper Reed, a spunky nine-year-old who has moved more times than she can count on one hand. From Texas to Guam, wherever Piper goes, adventure follows, inspired by her active imagination, free-wheeling spirit, and a bit of sister magic. Unlike her older sister, Piper loves being part of a Navy family, and unlike her little sister, Piper is no prodigy genius. Piper is Piperfearless and full of life.
Based on her own childhood experience, Kimberly Willis Holt portrays the life of a Navy family with warmth and humor. Chief stood in the hallway, again. Piper, youre going to be late for mess hall.” Mess hall was what the Navy called the place where they ate their meals, but Chief called our kitchen that, too.
The bed creaked as I rolled off my mattress. I took Bruna outside to see if shed do her business, but she kept jumping on me, wanting to play. Finally I figured she didnt need to do her business. Shed already done it on me. I gave up and we went inside.
I needed to get out of my stinky nightgown and take a shower. But it was too late. Tori was already in the bathroom. That could take forever.
Sam hurried with Annie toward the bathroom door, wearing her stupid crown. Im next!” she hollered.
You forgot about the list,” I reminded her. Youre last.”
Sam rubbed her eyes. But I have to go real bad.”
Okay. Real quick because I get to shower next.” I pounded on the door. THATS IF TORI REED EVER DECIDES TO GET OUT OF THE BATHROOM!”
LEAVE ME ALONE!” Tori shouted back.
I was feeling grumpier by the minute.
"'Crisp writing from a National Book Award winner, and a Navy-family backdrop, raise this otherwise formulaic chapter-book series opener several notches above average. Piper, an independent-minded fourth grader and the narrator here, is hardly thrilled when her father, a Navy aviation mechanic known to his family as Chief, announces that he has been reassigned and the family will be moving from San Diego to Pensacola, Fla., the home of the famous Blue Angels flight team. When they arrive at their new home (after an attenuated cross-country drive that includes a visit with grandparents in Louisiana), she composes a 'Why-I-Wish-We'd-Never-Moved list,' which includes leaving behind her tree house and her very own bedroom (she now shares a room with her younger sister). On the plus side, Piper's parents let her and her two sisters get a dog and, since her choice of breed is nixed, Piper gets to choose its name (Bruna). Before long, Piper sees the Blue Angels soar overhead and decides that she wants to join their elite team when she grows up and settles firmly into her new environment. Holt (When Zachary Beaver Came to Town) relays quotidian events with humor and insight, believably portraying a likable girl's rapport with her siblings and parents. Davenier's (The First Thing My Mama Told Me) dynamic line drawings convey the narrator's spunky personality. Ages 8-11.' Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
“Filled with warm, realistic family situations mixed with humor, this chapter book deserves a special flyover by the Blue Angels.”—The Horn Book Magazine “This entertaining read will appeal to fans of Judy Moody and Ramona Quimby.”—School Library Journal “...award-winning author Holt tells a lively family story that draws on her experiences of growing up a Navy brat.”—Booklist “Crisp writing from a National Book Award winner...”—Publishers Weekly “Pipers lively imagination, wholesomeness and moments of ‘sister magic are likable and believable. This easy chapter book, based on Holts own experiences, is spot on with the details of roving family life. Daveniers fluid black-and-white drawings fit the mood and characters . . . Launching a new series, Pipers foray sets sail with verve, fun and spunk.”—Kirkus Reviews
Its not easy being the middle child, especially when your dad is a Navy Chief. Meet Piper Reed, a spunky nine-year-old who has moved more times than she can count on one hand. From Texas to Guam, wherever Piper goes, adventure follows, inspired by her active imagination, free-wheeling spirit, and a bit of sister magic. Unlike her older sister, Tori, Piper loves being part of a Navy family, and unlike her little sister, Sam, Piper is no prodigy genius. Piper is Pipeer - fearless and full of life.
National Book Award-winning author Holt portrays the life of a Navy family with warmth and humor, in this story based on her own childhood. From Texas to Guam, wherever young Piper goes, adventure follows, inspired by her active imagination, free-wheeling spirit, and a bit of sisterly magic. Illustrations.
When a man joins the Navy, his family joins the Navy.
About the Author
Kimberly Willis Holt is the author of the Piper Reed series, including Piper Reed, Navy Brat, Piper Reed, Clubhouse Queen, and Piper Reed, Rodeo Star. She has written many award-winning novels, including The Water Seeker and My Louisiana Sky, as well as the picture books Waiting for Gregory and Skinny Brown Dog. A former Navy brat herself, Holt was born in Pensacola, Florida, and lived all over the U.S. and the world—from Paris to Norfolk to Guam to New Orleans. Holt long dreamed of being a writer, but first worked as a radio news director, marketed a water park, and was an interior decorator, among other jobs. A few years after she started writing, her third book, When Zachary Beaver Came to Town, won a National Book Award for Young People's Literature. She resides in West Texas with her family. Christine Davenier has illustrated numerous childrens books, and won a New York Times-Best Illustrated Award for The First Thing My Mama Told Me. She lives in Paris, France.