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Piper Green and the Fairy Tree
     

Piper Green and the Fairy Tree

5.0 2
by Ellen Potter, Qin Leng (Illustrator)
 

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From award-winning author Ellen Potter comes a charming new chapter book series where kids, lobster boats, and a hint of magic are part of everyday life.
 
There are three things you should know about Piper Green:
1. She always says what’s on her mind (even when she probably shouldn’t).
2. She rides a lobster boat to

Overview

From award-winning author Ellen Potter comes a charming new chapter book series where kids, lobster boats, and a hint of magic are part of everyday life.
 
There are three things you should know about Piper Green:
1. She always says what’s on her mind (even when she probably shouldn’t).
2. She rides a lobster boat to school.
3. There is a Fairy Tree in her front yard.
 
Life on an island in Maine is always interesting. But when a new teacher starts at Piper’s school—and doesn’t appreciate the special, um, accessory that Piper has decided to wear—there may be trouble on the horizon. Then Piper discovers the Fairy Tree in her front yard. Is the Fairy Tree really magic? And can it fix Piper’s problems?

★“Skillfully blending humor, pathos, and warmth with an atmospheric setting, Potter has created an honest, empathic slice-of-life story, laced with a touch of magic. Piper has a winning combination of stubbornness, loyalty, and independence, which Leng ably portrays in her loosely inked, gently humorous artwork.”
Publishers Weekly, starred review
 
“With its intriguing setting, sympathetic characters, and hint of magic, this new chapter-book series should charm fledgling readers.” —Kirkus Reviews
 
“Piper is brave and tough on the surface, and her sense of loss lies at the heart of the conflict. Written with humor as well as pathos, the first-person text shows her confused emotions and her resiliency as well. An appealing debut for the series.” —Booklist
 
“Potter puts her own stamp on the spunky-quirky-stubborn girl story. . . . A satisfying, accessible, funny early chapter book.” —The Horn Book

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“Skillfully blending humor, pathos, and warmth with an atmospheric setting, Potter has created an honest, empathic slice-of-life story, laced with a touch of magic.” —Publishers Weekly starred review
Publishers Weekly
★ 06/15/2015
Second-grade is not off to a good start for Piper Green: her new teacher has a no-nonsense streak, and Piper badly misses her older brother, who is attending high school on the mainland (the Greens live on a tiny Maine island). Skillfully blending humor, pathos, and warmth with an atmospheric setting, Potter has created an honest, empathic slice-of-life story, laced with a touch of magic. Piper has a winning combination of stubbornness, loyalty, and independence, which Leng ably portrays in her loosely inked, gently humorous artwork. Simultaneously available: Too Much Good Luck. Ages 7–9. Author’s agent: Alice Tasman, Jean V. Naggar Literary Agency. Illustrator’s agency: Shannon Associates. (Aug.)
School Library Journal
07/01/2015
Gr 1–3—Piper Green is a smart-alecky second grader who lives on Peek-a-Boo Island off the coast of Maine. She proudly rides a lobster boat to school each morning and is obsessed with wearing earmuffs that belonged to her older brother, Erik. Her preoccupation with those earmuffs has landed her in trouble. Piper refuses to remove them for her new teacher, who complains to her parents. To avoid going to school, Piper fakes an illness and hides in a neighbor's tree. While this "fairy" tree contains no real magic, it does hold a delightful surprise. Sadly, this contemporary tale is slight and lacks any real humor. Piper's slim adventures will not hold the interest of their target audience. While the writing style is clear with a strong use of vocabulary, Piper herself is two-dimensional. Though a certain level of bratty behavior is amusing in books for younger readers, such as Junie B. Jones's attitude, Piper's cockiness comes off as downright rude. Her demeanor is attributed to her older brother's absence, but the reason for his disappearance is simplistic and unsatisfying. The minimal pen-and-ink illustrations, mostly of a frowning Piper, add little to the story. VERDICT Those seeking an engaging adventure would do much better with Sara Pennypacker's "Clementine" (Disney-Hyperion) or Christine Pakkala's "Last but Not Least Lola" (Boyds Mills).—Sada Mozer, Los Angeles Public Library
Kirkus Reviews
2015-06-06
When her older brother goes off-island for high school, second-grader Piper Green misses him terribly but finds consolation in a Fairy Tree. There aren't enough young people on Peek-a-Boo Island to support any school. Piper, her little brother, Leo, and a few neighbors travel by lobster boat to a small elementary school on nearby Mink Island, but high school students, like her brother Erik, must go to the mainland and board. On opening day of the Mink Island school, the combined second- and third-grade class turns out to have a new teacher. With her long blonde hair, Ms. Arabella may look like a princess, but she's surprisingly strict. She won't let Piper and her best friend, Ruby, sit together, and she asks unhappy Piper to take off Erik's old ear muffs, which she's been wearing as solace. Piper's response is to give up on second grade. It takes an understanding neighbor and the Fairy Tree's surprising gift to restore her good spirits. Piper's first-person narration is forthright and convincing. Each short chapter will include a full-page illustration and vignettes supporting the text. (Final art not seen.) Cliffhanging chapter endings lead readers on. A sequel, Too Much Good Luck, is scheduled to be published simultaneously. With its intriguing setting, sympathetic characters, and hint of magic, this new chapter-book series should charm fledgling readers. (Fiction. 7-9)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780553499261
Publisher:
Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
08/04/2015
Series:
Piper Green and the Fairy Tree Series
Pages:
112
Sales rank:
141,440
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 7.70(h) x 2.00(d)
Age Range:
7 - 9 Years

Meet the Author

Although she doesn’t ride a lobster boat to work, Ellen Potter can look out her window and see islands, just like the one Piper lives on. Ellen is the author of ten books for children, including the award-winning Olivia Kidney series, Slob, and The Kneebone Boy. She lives in Maine with her family and an assortment of badly behaved creatures. Learn more about Ellen at ellenpotter.com.
 
Qin Leng was born in Shanghai and lived in France and Montreal, where she studied at the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. She has received many awards for her animated short films and artwork, and has published numerous picture books. Qin currently lives and works as a designer and illustrator in Toronto.

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Piper Green and the Fairy Tree 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Garya11en More than 1 year ago
I just finished Piper Green #1 and absolutely adore this new character. Piper is immediately authentic and engaging as is the setting along the coast of Maine. The story for this age group is wholesome and also very smart. If you are looking for a new series for the youngster in your family, try this one. I know I'm in!
GratefulGrandma More than 1 year ago
This is the first book in a new series about Piper Green. She lives on a remote island (Peek-a-Boo Island) off the coast of Maine where there are no schools. Eight kids ride a lobster boat to Mink Island to attend school through eighth grade. After the eighth grade, you must board on the island for highschool. When her brother goes away to boarding school, she misses him terribly. In order to keep him close, she decides to wear his earmuffs, all day, all the time, no matter what. On the first day of school, she discovers that she will have a new teacher for grade 2/3 and she looks like a princess. Once Piper meets her, she decides she is anything but a princess, especially when she tells Piper that she can not wear her earmuffs in school. When Piper hides on Peek-a-Boo Island rather than go to school, she discovers a magic tree that requires gifts in order to give favours of its own, she has a choice to make. This is a new series with a spunky main character. It is an easy to read chapter book for young readers or could be a read aloud for young students and children. The pictures are cute and provide a nice accompaniment for the text. Thank you Netgalley for Random House Children's for this digital copy in exchange for an honest review.