Piper Reed: Navy Brat

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Terreece Clarke, Common Sense Media
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Energetic story of family, change; great for young readers.

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age 7+
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age 6+
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Positive Messages

A model of great family communication.

Violence & Scariness

A girl punches her sister in the arm.


Some name calling, like "chunky."

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that there is some mild name calling and sibling rivalry in this book, as well as good examples of family communication.

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Teen, 17 years old Written byilikebooks1 May 11, 2010
its awesome and off the chain insane!!!!!!!!!!!!
Kid, 6 years old January 3, 2009

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What's the story?

Piper Reed is the middle child and a Navy brat. She has to move with her family every couple of years, but this time they're moving after school starts. She's really going to miss her house and her friends, members of what they call the Gypsy Club. Will she make new friends and keep her club going? Will she be able to spread her catch phrase "Get off the bus!" to a new state?

Is it any good?

Piper Reed is a crackerjack of a kid; her personality and funny take on life are what make this novel really pop. Her signature phrase "Get off the bus!" tells you a lot about this wonderful 9-year-old. The family camaraderie is endearing and kids will identify with Piper as she copes with a bossy older sister, an annoying little sister, troubles with friends, and being the new kid at school.

This is a great book for kids who have recently moved, are children of military parents, or will be starting a new school. It's also a good chapter book for younger readers.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how military families live. Can you imagine what it would be like to move every few years? What would be the good things? What would you miss? Families can also talk about their favorite vacation experiences.

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