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Piper Reed, Navy Brat (Piper Reed #1)

3.78  ·  Rating Details ·  1,287 Ratings  ·  159 Reviews
It’s 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 ...more
Paperback, 176 pages
Published July 22nd 2008 by Square Fish (first published August 7th 2007)
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Rachel Piper is 9, her sister Sam is 4 and I'm not sure that they give an age for Tori, but I'd expect 13 or 14.
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Jazmine Shoup
Apr 16, 2012 Jazmine Shoup rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: transitional
Piper Reed: Navy Brat, written by Kimberly Willis Holt and illustrated by Christine Davenier, is a creative and unique young readers transitional book. The book is a longer chapter book, about 150 pages, designed as a transition book for students when they become more advanced readers. The premise of the book follows a young spunky 9 year old girl named Piper Reed, who has lived in more places than you could imagine. Piper is the daughter of a Navy Chief and therefore moves around quite a lot. E ...more
Jan 16, 2011 Dolly rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
This series is special for us. For one, my husband always wanted to name our youngest daughter Piper (although I vetoed it for the birth certificate) and he still calls her that as a nickname. And another, we are also a military family who have picked up our lives and moved thousands of miles away from the life we knew...several times. And my career is in aviation, so our girls know a little about having a mom who flies for a living.

So altogether, this was a familiar story before we even really
Ryann Murphy
Aug 25, 2010 Ryann Murphy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: listened
Nine-year-old Piper Reed is the middle child in a Navy family. Her dad, Chief, is transferred from San Diego to Pensacola, FL in the middle of the school year, so the family packs up and makes the cross country trip to settle in to their new, smaller home.

While the family prepares for Chief to leave for a six-month tour of duty, Piper starts at a new school and learns all about the Blue Angels, which are also stationed in Pensacola.

I found this to be a fun, quick story about everyday life in a
Nov 06, 2010 Maddy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was about a family of 5, they have to move to Pensacola,Florda because their dad is in the U.S Navy and has to move around the world for his job.

The family was not happy to find out that they have to move
into a smaller house than they were originally in. But they get really excited when their parents suprised them with a dog. The dog they got was a poodle. Piper named it Bruna

The most important part was when cheif had to leave for 6 months. To leave for a buisness trip. So every night
Christine Turner
Sep 27, 2010 Christine Turner rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: juv-fiction, dyslexia
Main character has dyslexia.

Newbery Honor author, Kimberly Willis Holt, portrays the life of a Navy family with warmth and humor. It's 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
Nov 17, 2016 Erin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: transitional
Piper Reed is a typical spunky middle child with quite a bit to say. She is a typical 4th grader, always bickering with her older sister and doing things to upset her. One day Pipers dad tells the family that is being moved to a new naval base in Pensacola. Growing up in the navy, piper and her siblings are used to picking up and moving somewhere new every several years but this move is different, this move is in the middle of the school year. Piper and her family make the journey across the cou ...more
Lauren Rogers
When i read this book when I was younger I loved the attitude Piper had and I lob=ved reading about her life.
Mar 01, 2017 Sally rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A fun book to read to a class, especially if there are any military students in the class.
Claire Scott
An entertaining early chapter book for 2nd/3rd grade. Piper is spunky and sure to please Ramona fans. Unlike Beverly Cleary's Ramona books, there isn't much of substance here.

The book is "timeless," in that it wasn't until nearly that last page that I was able to identify whether or not it took place in the 1970s, 1980s, or now. The father sends an email when he arrives safely on his ship. Otherwise, there's no way to tell: no technology or current events, mostly white characters, and Piper freq
Dec 03, 2010 Leane rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a cute book from Kimberly Willis Holt! Pipper Reed is a very spunky nine year old girl stuck right in between two sisters, one who is a middle schooler and the other who is a very smart kindergartener. Pipper's father is in the Navy, so when he tells the family that they are moving across the country to Pensacola, Florida, Pipper must leave behind her friends, known as the Gypsy Club, her tree house, and her school. The great thing about Pipper is that she has a tight-knit family who loves ...more
Miltona 3rd
Mar 11, 2015 Miltona 3rd rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Piper Reed Navy Brat is a great hilarious book that is very realistic and funny. The story is about piper and her sisters and her hard life, well she called it hard. She happened to be the middle kid and had two sisters named Tori and Sam. Tori was her older sister. Sam was her younger sister.
Their father is a person who works in a military base. Unfortunately their father’s job had forced them to move again. But the girls did not want to move but chief said there was no choice. the chief is the
A series I will be happy to recommend to my readers who are fans of Junie B., Amber Brown, & Judy Moody. As the story opens, Piper's mother (an artist) and the Chief(Piper's father, a Navy mechanic)announce to their 3 daughters that they will be moving from their home in California to Pensacola, Florida. As a career Navy family,this isn't the first time that the Reeds have moved, but this move hits Piper hard. The Reed home in California was their first ever that wasn't on-base and their fir ...more
Holt, Kimberly Willis, Piper Reed: Navy Brat, 160 pgs Henry Holt and Co.

Army brat/Navy brat this is what you are called when your mom or dad is in the armed forces. Most of these families have to move from base to base, depending on where their parent is assigned. Piper has “moved more times than she can count on one hand” and she is only nine-years-old. This time her family is moving to Pepsi-Cola(Pensacola) Florida. Moving can be exciting, but it also means saying good-bye to friends, schools,
Mr. Canning
My Rating ** 2 stars, I didn't like it.

I had to read this book with my son for his school's summer reading. It is actually an elementary level book (3rd-5th Grade). It was a sleeper. I hate to say it but my son and I were both very bored by it. It's not that piper isn't a character one could like. Her gypsy club is neat group, she has high ambitions for herself (to be a Blue Angel's pilot), and she's pretty much a spunky little girl. It's just that her adventure of moving from San Diego to Pensa
Nov 14, 2008 Smaileh rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Piper Reed is the middle of three sisters, and--as the title informs us--a navy brat. That means that she is used to her family packing up and moving across country on short notice every couple of years. As, indeed, they have to do at the beginning of this book, leaving San Diego for Pensacola (or, as little sister Sam says, Pepsi-Cola) Florida.

This is an episodic family story, like all those Henry, Beezus and Ramona books by Beverly Cleary. Piper is a resourceful and clever girl. She's dyslexic
Sarah Maddaford
I was lucky that I never had to move after I was three years old. Moving can be awful for a kid; but, as Piper shows, it can be an adventure too. She's been to Guam in addition to several places all over the continental United States. It was slightly weird to have her call her dad Chief instead of Dad. I guess it was a way to differentiate herself from her sisters. I definitely remember car trips especially long ones with my little sister. We were lucky to have a van that meant we didn't have to ...more
Apr 13, 2010 Louis rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I listened to this book before "Piper Reed gets a job". It is the first book in the series. It benefits from having a fresh perspective for the character, and from dealing with a relatable theme, moving from one's old home to a new home, that some kids experience. The Blue Angels angle is a nice touch. This is nothing extraordinary, but enjoyable enough. It is too bad in a way that this was not a stand-alone book, since invariably the series has to go beyond this initial theme and devolve into a ...more
Kirsten Murphy
* Military
* Moving
* Family
* Friendship
* Sisters
* Individuality

* The Quilt Story (moving)
* Knuffle Bunny, A Case of Mistaken Identity (friendship)
* Ruby the Copycat (friendship)
* A Bad Case of Strips (individuality)
* Alexander, Who's Not (Do You Hear Me? I Mean It!) Going to Move (moving)

* Alie Finkle's Rules for Girls: Moving Day (moving, individuality)
* Judy Moody series (family, friendship, individuality)
* The Penderwicks (sister
Feb 25, 2016 Sara is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
I am currently reading Piper Reed: Navy Brat to my third grade class. Earlier this year, Kimberly Willis Holt came to visit our school, so my students were excited to read one of her books. Even though this book is not action packed, like the "I Survived" series most of them devour, they are still highly entertained. Piper and the Reeds sound like a real family. The way Kimberly Willis Holt writes the dialogue and Piper's inner monologue makes the characters relatable. Kids know what real kids s ...more
Sep 23, 2012 Rae rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is one of the most circulated books at my middle school library so I figured I should read it. And it was cute!

Piper Reed is a unique girl character in that she cares about girly things like making friends and fitting in, but has some pretty unique interests, such as the Blue Angels. Her goal is to be in Blue Angels herself, as her dad is in the Navy.

The struggles of being a military brat are touched on in a realistic way, but don't drive the story. It's primarily a cute book about a quirky
Ms. B
Jul 17, 2012 Ms. B rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens, mhl, series, 2012
Fun and fast, this is the story ten year-old Piper and her family. She is the middle-child in a family of three girls and has a dad who is in the military. Her older sister Tori is the shy and reserve one who wants to be a writer and her younger sister Sam is a child prodigy who likes to show-off. Unlike the middle children often featured in books, Piper is the confident, bubbly, and outgoing one in family. She is the only sister who enjoys that her father is in the military and is proud to be a ...more
Contemporary realistic fiction. Grades 1-5. Themes - family, moving, sibling relationships. This is the story of a young girl, Piper, who's father is in the Navy. Piper moves with her family (Mom, Dad, Big sister and little sister)to Florida from California. We follow the Piper and her family as they cross the US, visit relatives, move in to their new house and make new friends. This is a very comical book that many students will relate too. Especially the car trip, making new friends, and sibli ...more
Penny McGill
Mar 31, 2014 Penny McGill rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: for-kids
Piper Reed is a great choice for fans of Stella Batts, Clementine or Ramona. She is the kind of kid who rushes headlong into things and then has to clean up the mess after. Middle sister in a family that travels around with a father in the U.S. Navy and she has all the skirmishes that come from that birth order.

New friends, new school, fighting with big sister, missing father as he deploys for 6 months - it's a lot for a little kid to handle and Kimberly Willis Holt (who was a military kid herse
Matthew Winner
NO for black-eyed susan.
YES for our school library.

This good not great book is in the vein of the Judy Moody and Ramona books, but doesn't quite match their humor or charm. A young girl named Piper Reed is moving to Pensicola, Florida with her family when her father gets reassigned to a different military base.

This is a take-it-or-leave-it book that will be enjoyed by some and forgotten by many, but it will make for a good in-between read for many elementary school girls. Better yet, it's the s
This is another time 1/2 stars would be useful. It wasn't bad, but I guess I have very little interest in reading juvenile fiction about military families. It was a quick read, but wasn't very funny or interesting. If you had a similar life experience I guess it would have been better. Definitely for elementary. In fact, 5th graders may find the writing too juvenile and the story a little boring. It was about the Reed family and their relocation to pensacola florida for the dads Navy job. Eh. Ev ...more
May 25, 2014 Jennifer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chapter-books
This is the first book in the Piper Reed series about the middle child of a Navy Chief. I loved this first book and would recommend it and the other Piper Reed stories to all young girl readers, especially those who are fans of Clementine or any other early chapter book series. The writing is simple and easy to understand, but doesn't talk down to the reader. Piper and her sisters have a typical relationship and reading these books will give those who don't have family members in the military a ...more
Piper Reed is the middle sister of a Navy family, so every so often, her family has to pick and move someplace different. This time, the Reed family has to move from San Diego to Florida! Piper usually hates being the middle sister, her big sister Tori and little sister Sam seem to always get their way! But when Piper needs help making friends, her sisters are right there to help her!

As Piper would say, "GET OFF THE BUS!" This was such a cute book! I loved the story, Piper’s character was annoyi
Aug 18, 2007 Karen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrensbooks
This was an easy to read book. Not too deep (I teach 5th grade), but a good book to put in the hands of one of my students who needs something a little easier. The main character (Piper) is charming, but not as well developed as I would have liked.
I love this author (Kimberly Willis Holt), however, and will always want to read her new books. I met her once at an independently run bookstore, and I'm now on her mailing list -- whenever a new book comes out, I get a postcard. Fun stuff to share wit
Feb 23, 2008 babyhippoface rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: military kids
Shelves: kids-fiction
I am happy to say that Piper Reed, Navy Brat, is not a brat. Rather, she is the spirited, inquisitive, and obedient middle child in a military family that moves cross-country every two years or so. Her mouth sometimes gets her in sticky situations, but she has learned to be respectful. She is apprehensive about making new friends in the middle of the school year, and on top of that, she struggles with dyslexia.

I like Piper Reed. I think 3rd graders will, too. Especially military kids, who will
Sara Truog
Piper Reed is the second of three kids whose dad is in the Navy - which means that they move a lot. In this book, the first in the series, the Reeds move to Pensacola, FL. Piper must figure out a new school, new friends, new dog, and pain-in-the-neck sisters all at the same time! Cute story which will be enjoyed by fans of Judy Moody, Ivy & Bean, and the like.
As a side note, Nina and I listened to this together as an audiobook. While I was not a big fan of the narrator, Nina was very engaged
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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 th ...more
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