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Piper Reed, The Great Gypsy (Piper Reed #2)

3.94  ·  Rating details ·  187 Ratings  ·  33 Reviews
Piper’s dad–a Navy Chief–might be gone again, but Piper’s got plenty to keep her busy at home: new neighbors, a spaceship beach house, a trip to New Orleans, and, most important, the upcoming Gypsy Club pet show. Piper is determined to win, but teaching tricks to her dog seems nearly impossible. Bruna is simply unteachable.

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Published August 26th 2008 by Listening Library (Audio) (first published August 19th 2008)
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Hannah Jo Parker
I liked this one better than the first one, maybe because I listened to this one on audio with my daughter, which was more engaging. As a former military brat, I was motivated to read these books because they're about a military brat and her family, and I think they're a must-have in any school, public, or base library that serves military kids.

There are many elementary-school-age books with plucky female characters that I greatly prefer, but I do appreciate these for their ability to capture w
Piper and her family are back! “Chief”, aka Dad, is going away on ship duty, and Piper and her sisters and mother try to cope with their dad not being there. Piper has the idea to have a pet show so she can show off her mad dog-training skills to Chief when he comes back. But although Piper is determined, training Bruna is easier said than done.

I wasn’t as enthusiastic with this story as I was the last book, but it was still enjoyable. Anyone else get really irritated with Piper’s teacher Ms. Go
Fatemah  Alhusayni
I know this is a children's' book but it is very funny and easy to read, perfect for those times when you just want a book to put you to sleep. Besides, I read the other day in a magazine an advice for parents to read whatever their kids are reading because sometimes that's the only thing you can talk about with them ( the advice was for parents of teenagers). But I thought, was not start now. The books that my daughter reads me for her reading assignment always sounded interested, so I grabbed ...more
Kim Burean
Jul 31, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: realistic, youth
This was a cute little book that I could easily recommend to any 3-5th grade girl. It's about Piper Reed, whose father is in the Navy. They move around a lot, and Piper has formed the Gypsy Club at the different locations they have lived in order to make friends. Most of the book deals with Piper and her mom and sisters coping with her dad being deployed for a few months. During this time, Piper and her Gypsy Club friends decide to put on a pet show for the base. Piper desperately wants to win, ...more
May 25, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: children starting to read longer chapter books
This is the second book in the Piper Reed series by Kimberly Willis Holt. We can relate to these stories about a military family, even if our experiences with the military aren't quite the same. We also love Piper's spunk and enthusiasm. This story chronicles ten months of the family's life, during which the father deploys on a ship. It's a fun story to read aloud and many of the joys of life despite the frustrations of long-term separation are told with candor and sincerity. Our girls really en ...more
Alexa M
the pet show just ended and michale and hig pet guine pig named tippy toes won the show and piper really diddnt care about it she was just glad that bruna her dog did the trick.
i can kinda relate to the way piper feels about bruna because i really like the way i feel when i acomplish things that i have been having troubles with i dont think i woul be very happy though if my friend had just won the pet show i probly would not have been close to as calm as piper was.i am no really liking this boo
Sep 10, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 3rd-4th, 4th-5th
The second book in the Piper Reed series. Piper and her club, the Great Gypsy club, decide to have a pet contest. Piper is determined that her dog will win the prize. Piper's dad has also left on duty and will be gone for many months. Piper deals with the usual family problems, a mean older sister who gets her first pimple, and an annoying little sister who wants to do everything Piper does. Not only that, but her mom breaks her leg because of Piper! I really like this series. Kind of like Cleme ...more
Emily L
May 06, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I just finisheed were they are at the beach in the winter so they the rented house on sale. Now they are going to there moms art teachers house. There dad is in the navy and he is going to be there for a long time. I am really enjoying this book and it is the second of the series. I wonder if they are going to go home after this or go on another trip. I really like this book and i want to finish the siries(there is only three books.)
Dec 06, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kids
Cute book - good series to know about. Piper Reed's father is in the military, they move a lot, he is gone for long periods. Could be great fit for some girls and of general interest to others. She is a middle sister and the kids are likable and the family dynamics feel genuine. Good for kids who have moved beyond Junie B.
Miss Manekofsky
It bothered me the way Piper talked about her sister and her weight........ On another side, Piper did have dyslexia and talks about her reading difficulty, so it would be a great recommend for readers with the same struggle.
Cherese A. Vines
Jul 22, 2012 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: military brats, children who move a lot, children with traveling parents
Piper can be a selfish little girl. Everything was about her. She and her sisters were kind of mean to each other. It read more like a diary. Not always interesting. Even the "climax" of the story seemed like an after thought. I didn't really care for this series.
Recommended Ages: grades 2-4

While her father, a Navy Chief, is on ship duty for 6 months, nine-year-old Piper stays busy with new neighbors, Christmas at a space ship beach house, a trip to New Orleans, and especially the upcoming Gypsy Club pet show.

Jan 20, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-s-books
This is a nice beginning longer chapter book for the Clementine fans who aren't yet ready for Ramona. There are three sisters with typical sibling challenges and a Dad in the military - although this is handled lightly and is really just a backdrop.
Mar 07, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bednight-reads
Utter crap like this makes me want to make a fortune writing actual decent books for middle grades.
Aug 24, 2012 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012-new
Feb 23, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: j-fiction, audiobook
I love Piper Reed. What an authentic sounding character! Makes me wish I knew her - and the audio book is FANTASTIC
Apr 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: candygirl, 5b
It was a good book to read!!!
May 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Cute In between series.
Aug 14, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Nice, touching story.
It's cute. But I probably shouldn't have read it right after Clementine's Letters and Moxy Maxwell, because it's not as cute as they are.
10~11 Maddie
Sep 28, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a great book! It was fun, cute, and it has a couple valuable lessons. One is don't expect to get everything you want, and cherish things while you have them.
Jan 24, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kaitlyn-read
This is a great series for girls who don't want to read all the fairy books out there. We love these books!
Nov 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
i like the part she was unable to train her dog, but at the end her neighbor tells her how to control her dog. at the end the dog does what she wants it to do.
I liked that Brady could train Piper's dog but Piper couldn't. This was a good book.
The Library Lady
I liked it better than the first one.
Nov 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: pr
I love piper reed books.
Shawna Yazdani
Oct 30, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
never be over confident!
Oct 25, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Another easy-reader. Might read any third fourth or fifth book in this series, but I ain't sayin' nuthin' much 'bout this book 'cause there really ain't that much to say.
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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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“...I decided I'd changed my mind about home. Home was not Pensacola San Diego Guam or any of the other places we might have lived. In fact home wasn't any particular place at all. Home was my family. Even if they didn't get my jokes sometimes.” 4 likes
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