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Piper Reed, Navy Brat by Kimberly Willis Holt
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Aug 25, 2010

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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 military family, although you don't need to be a military family to recognize the dynamics between the three sisters and their parents. It is wonderful that all the military families today have books like this to read with their kids so that they can read stories that they can relate to - and that relate to them. Even in this quick chapter book, Chief's departure tugged at the ol' heartstrings.

It was also great to see Piper presented with dyslexia, her struggles and her dreams to be a Navy pilot with the Blue Angels - which her dad supports her wholeheartedly. The audiobook performance was nice. This is first in the series.
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