Piper Reed - Navy Brat

Why Piper Wishes She'd Never Moved From San Diego:

  1. She had a treehouse there.
  2. She didn't have to share a room.

It’s not easy being the middle child, especially when your dad is a Navy Chief. Meet Piper Reed, a spunky nine-year-old who has moved more times than she can count on one hand. From Texas to Guam, wherever Piper goes, adventure follows, inspired by her active imagination, free-wheeling spirit, and a bit of sister magic.

Unlike her older sister, Piper loves being a part of a Navy family, and unlike her younger sister, Piper is no prodigy genius.  Piper is Piper-fearless and full of life!


My editor had always encouraged me to explore my military childhood. Though every time I thought about doing a book based on a military child, it seemed autobiographical. Then one day I heard a voice say, “I’ve lived everywhere.” The voice was light and funny. She sounded a lot like one of my sisters. And though Piper isn’t my middle sister, she certainly inspired her. My other sister, the youngest, was the charmer. I adored her and thought she was the smartest child on the face of this earth. That charm and intelligence gave birth to Piper’s youngest sister, Sam. Tori holds a special place in my heart because, like me, she is the oldest.  Add a Navy chief father and an artistic mom to the mix and you have something that might resemble my family growing up.


"Filled with warm, realistic family situations mixed with humor, this chapter book deserves a special flyover by the Blue Angels."
-The Horn Book
"This entertaining read will appeal to fans of Judy Moody and Ramona Quimby."

-School Library Journal"

...award-winning author Holt tells a lively family story that draws on her experiences of growing up a Navy brat."

"Crisp writing from a National Book Award winner..."
-Publishers Weekly


Written by Kimberly Willis Holt

Illustrated by Christine Davenier