Thursday, May 07, 2009

Piper Reed, Navy Brat by Kimberly Willis Holt

It was our second day in the minivan. On the way to Florida we'd stop in Louisiana to visit our grandparents. Both Mom's and Chief's parents lived there.
Tori sat in the very back seat, the best seat. My parents let us take turns sitting there by ourselves. I couldn't wait until it was my turn. Then I could stretch out, instead of sitting next to Sam and being forced to listen to her read every single billboard. Tori stuffed wadded-up pieces of tissue in her ears so she didn't have to hear her. (24)

Fourth grader Piper Reed is moving with her five year old sister Sam and teenage sister Tori from California to Penacola, Florida. This will be the sixth home for Piper, whose father's job in the Navy forces them to move frequently. She gives up a room of her own, a tight group of friends, and a treehouse for a new home where she shares a room with Sam, the kids at school expect her to produce a real Gypsy, and there isn't a tree in sight. Add to that the fact that her father is going to be gone for the next nine months. Piper Reed, Navy Brat by Kimberly Willis Holt shows just how difficult it can be for the new kid at school to start over, no matter how many times she's done it before.


1 comment:

Bill Doughty said...

I grew up in a Marine Corps family and all of my friends were from military families. We were all "brats," moving or having to move all time.

So, there are a lot of kids who can identify with Piper!

This sounds like a fun read, one that I'll share with our younger readers at my blog:

Books Rule!