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Piper Reed, Navy Brat (Piper Reed #1)

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It’s not easy being the middle child, especially when yourdad is a Navy Chief. Meet Piper Reed, a spunky nine-year-old who has moved more times thanshe 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 o...more
Paperback, 176 pages
Published July 22nd 2008 by Square Fish (first published August 7th 2007)
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Ryann Murphy
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...more
Jazmine Shoup
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
Christine Turner
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...more
Penny McGill
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...more
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
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
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...more
May 25, 2011 Dolly rated it 4 of 5 stars 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...more
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...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,...more
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
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...more
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...more
Becca Ockenfels
My 7 year old daughter loved this book. Piper is spunky and funny and although the sisters don't always treat each other well, they mostly loving and kind. Read this if your kids like, Stink & Judy moody or Clementine books.
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...more
Ms. B
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
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
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
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...more
Piper Reed: Navy Brat is full of humor and images of priceless childhood moments. Piper's dad is a Navy mechanic and as such they've moved all over the country. Their new assignment is Pensacola, Florida (or Pepsi-Cola as her little sister, Sam says)...home of the flying Blue Angels. Piper is sad to leave her friends and school behind in San Diego, but as she soon finds out there is lots to love about Pensacola. And, she just may have found her career choice as well... well as much as a fourth-g...more
Author: Kimberly Willis Holt
Illustrator: Christine Davenier
Genre: Realistic Fiction
Grade Level: 3.3
Lexile: 610L

Summary: Piper Reed is a nine-year-old Navy brat, which means her family travels all over the place for her dad’s job in the Navy. Wherever she goes adventure usually follows. Unlike other members of her family, Piper loves to be a part of a Navy family and can always find something to do with her imagination no matter where they are stationed. This is a great resource for teaching stud...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...more
Feb 28, 2008 babyhippoface rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  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...more
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...more
Mari Anne
Cute, but brief, early reader book about Piper Reed. As the daughter of a Navy Chief she is used to moving around but the newest move to Pensacola Florida upsets her tidy world and that of her sisters. A cute book and one that addressed SOME of the issues military kids face but I felt she could have gone a little deeper into them, even in an early reader. She kind of glossed over some of the issues and whitewashed them.

Cute and entertaining read for the younger elementary age.
A cheerful, energetic book about 9-year-old Piper Reed, whose dad is a Navy Chief. Her family has had to pick up and move every year or two, so when Piper's dad says they will move to Florida, no one is really surprised. There's only one problem -- They've never moved during the school year before, and Piper's a bit worried because she is dyslexic. How will she fit in?

Girls in grades 3 to 5 will enjoy reading about how Piper adjusts and learns to love her new home.
Good easy chapter. I liked Piper, and the book moves fast. Not predictable. Navy family (Piper, MOm, Dad who is a captain in the navy and 2 sisters) moves from San Diego to Pensacola, and Piper has to leave her "gypsy club" behind - her friends who play in her treehouse and say "Get off the bus!" instead of "Get out!" She makes new friends at her new school, and things end with Dad leaving for deployment while Piper and her sister share a room in the new townhouse.
Piper Reed is a spunky nine-year-old girl squished in the middle between her two sisters. Piper and her family move around a lot since her dad is in the Navy. But this constant change does not bother Piper. Wherever she goes she makes friends. Wherever she goes adventure is sure to follow. Read the book "Piper Reed, Navy Brat" and learn all about Piper's adventures on the road as her family moves from San Diego, California to "Pepsi-Cola" (Pensacola), Florida.
I finished Piper Reed and I really didn't like it because I didn't think the plot was very good.At the end Piper goes to her new school and makes a few new friends for her gypsey club. Piper goes on a fieldtrip to a place where pilots from the airforce practice, Piper thinks she wants to be an airforce pilot too. Soon Pipers dad leaves to duty. Piper and her sisters missed him, but then decide to just wait until he comes home.
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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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