Piper Reed is ten years old and ready to embark on her sixth family move to a new location. Piper's dad is in the Navy and when they get orders to move from Pensacola, Florida to Norfolk, Virginia, the whole family has to work together to make a new home in a new place.
Mom and Dad are encouraging, loving, and set a good example of resilience for their kids. Piper's sisters -- Tori, 13, and Samantha, 6 -- make for great sibling rivalries, lively arguments, and loving banter. As for Piper, she has developed some pretty savvy coping skills for a young military kid. I'm impressed with her positive attitude, her spunky nature, and her adventurous spirit. Piper walks the fine line of keeping up with friends she's left behind and making new friends in her new home, and always does it with her own special style.
This book is a fantastic book for kids, especially anyone who has ever been the 'new kid' or had a hard time fitting in. Subtle hints on how to cope are weaved throughout the book. From making a list to starting a club to joining in wherever you live, the kids in this book handle it all.
Piper's family also provides loving -- and often humorous -- support as well. Piper's mom and dad do a great job of establishing and maintaining family traditions to ease the pain of moving to a new place. The kids are shown working through the trials of finding your place in a new community and depending on each other as well.
Ms. Holt does a fabulous job of balancing the good (Piper finally has her own room!) and the bad (Unfortunately, her best friends won't be at her new school) aspects of moving. It is masterfully written in a way that will surely resonate with military kids, but not put off those who are not familar with the military lifestyle.
I highly recommend this book for young readers. My own children -- ages 12 and 9 -- enjoyed the stories and could relate to Piper's adventures. Get the series and follow Piper and her friends through the joys and challenges of navigating life together.
Great news! You can get your own Piper Reed book in this giveaway! You could win one of these three fantastic books:
1 signed hardback copy of PIPER REED, FOREVER FRIEND
1 signed paperback copy of PIPER REED, NAVY BRAT
1 signed paperback copy of PIPER REED, RODEO STAR
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