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Piper Reed, Forever Friend

by Kimberly Willis Holt

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Summary: This book is about a young girl, Piper, who is part of a military family. Since she’s a apart of a military family, she moves around quite a bit. So Piper creates a club to make new friends. She calls it the Gypsy Club. In this book, she finds out that her dad yet again has orders to move to a different location. She's excited to know that two club members had to move to that same location previously, but she's sad to be leaving two members behind. Once she gets to her new home, she’s disappointed to learn that things don’t go as planned. The two remaining members have found more interesting things to focus on. So piper decides to make new friends. After she bonds with her new friends, they decide to reinstate the Gypsy Club.

Personal Reaction: I enjoyed this book. I think it’s wonderful for children who are also part of military families; this book would help them feel like they weren’t alone because it’s so relatable. Even for non-military family children, I still think it’s a great book, with several moments, that even I myself find fun.

Classroom Extension:
1) This book would be great to read to the class at the beginning of the year. Especially for classrooms that have a lot of students with military families.
2) This book could also help when teaching the importance of friendship, and what it takes to be a good friend.
  amanda.h | Oct 21, 2012 |
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Piper is excited to move to a new state and catch up with old friends. But the move doesn’t go as smoothly as she expected: Piper has trouble feeling accepted in her new surroundings. But then she meets Arizona Smiley. Arizona is an avid stamp collector and bowls in a league. Piper is intrigued by Arizona’s originality and before long, she wins Arizona’s affections, and the two become great friends. This move turns out to be the best one yet, and Piper is eager to spread her trademark “Get Off the Bus” catchphrase once again.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:18:50 -0400)

Ten-year-old Piper moves yet again when her father, who is a Chief Petty Officer in the Navy, gets assigned to Norfolk, Virginia, and although the move takes a bit of adjustment, she soon makes friends with the girl next door and catches up with old friends too.… (more)

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