Piper’s dad - the 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! Or is she? Join Piper as she embarks on new and exciting adventures!
Piper is a spunky heroine with lots of spirit - she’s both kindhearted and bossy as she tries to find her place in the world as the middle sister.
|Publisher:||Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)|
|Series:||Piper Reed Series|
|Edition description:||First Edition|
|Product dimensions:||7.40(w) x 5.40(h) x 0.64(d)|
|Lexile:||590L (what's this?)|
|Age Range:||8 - 11 Years|
About the Author
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 the U.S. and the world—from Paris to Norfolk to Guam to New Orleans. Holt long dreamed of being a writer, but first worked as a radio news director, marketed a water park, and was an interior decorator, among other jobs. A few years after she started writing, her third book, When Zachary Beaver Came to Town, won a National Book Award for Young People's Literature. She resides in West Texas with her family.
Christine Davenier has illustrated numerous children’s books, and won a New York Times Best Illustrated Award for The First Thing My Mama Told Me. She lives in Paris, France.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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. Reviewed by Cherese Vines
Every now and then I get to take a break from some of my heavier reading and get a reminder of how much fun it can be to read something geared to early readers. Piper Reed, The Great Gypsy by Kimberly Willis Holt is one of those books.
I've been of fan of Holt's since reading My Louisiana Sky several years ago. Being from Louisiana originally, I was particularly taken with a book set there that didn't involve negative clichés about the state or its people one often sees in works set in Louisiana. And I liked the story of a pre-teen girl who must choose between living a glamorous like with her sophisticated aunt or staying to live with her mentally challenged parents.
Piper Reed has appeal for younger readers in large part, because Holt has a very down-to-earth voice that imparts lessons to younger readers without being preachy. Readers get a glimpse of what life is like for the family of a military man when he is on assignment for long periods of time and they remain on the base. But they also get to know and love Piper, a middle sister who does her best to make friends wherever her family is stationed.
The book also makes use of its setting in Pensacola, Florida, to help readers learn something of the area. Piper and her family take short vacations to the beach and to New Orleans, with descriptions of each place that may help to spark interest in learning more about them. It all ties into a navy family's exploration of a new area they move into and adapt to.
Younger readers in particular will be able to identify with Piper's desire to win the prize at the pet show she puts on and the conflicts that arise with her sisters. Now, I'm inspired to go back and read the first book in this series, Piper Reed, Navy Brat.