Reviews for Piper Reed Gets a Job

Booklist Reviews 2009 August #1
Though she hopes that fifth grade will bring a fresh start, Piper faces disappointment at school, where she struggles with procrastination as well as dyslexia. Meanwhile, she leads her friends in a project to raise money for a clubhouse, but her efforts at both babysitting and party planning go awry on one disastrous afternoon. Here, as in the other chapter books in the Piper Reed series, Holt balances serious moments with wit and creates a convincingly childlike sensibility throughout most of the episodic story. Appearing on most double-page spreads, Davenier's lively drawings help bring the characters to life. Copyright 2009 Booklist Reviews.

Horn Book Guide Reviews 2010 Spring
In her third book, Piper hires herself out as an illustrator, birthday party planner, and substitute babysitter--all at the same time--to raise money for a Gypsy Club clubhouse. She also has a big biography project due, which is dead last on the dyslexic, reluctant student's list. With a little outside-the-box thinking, Piper solves her problems. Copyright 2010 Horn Book Magazine Reviews.

Horn Book Magazine Reviews 2009 #5
Piper may no longer be the newest kid on the naval base in Pensacola, Florida, but she's still the one with the most ideas. In this third book (Piper Reed: Navy Brat, rev. 9/07; Piper Reed: The Great Gypsy, rev. 9/08) the three Reed girls are each eager to raise money. Younger sister Sam wants a tropical fish aquarium, older sister Tori is hoping to go to England with the poetry club, and Piper wants a clubhouse for her Gypsy Club meetings. But Piper bites off a bit more than she can chew when she hires herself out as an illustrator (for prodigy Sam's children's book Princess Samantha: Ruler of the Fair Land of NAS Pensacola), birthday party planner (for preschooler Brady next door), and substitute babysitter (for the hellion Milton triplets) -- all at the same time. Oh, and she also has a big biography project due -- dead last on dyslexic, reluctant-student Piper's list. In the end, the disaster that ensues could have been worse: Piper learns a few interesting things about Cyrus McCormick, inventor of the reaper; and, with a little outside-the-box thinking, she solves the Gypsy Club's housing problem. As Piper herself would say, that's the Gypsy spirit! Copyright 2009 Horn Book Magazine Reviews.

Kirkus Reviews 2009 July #1
To earn money for a clubhouse where she and her friends can meet outside her crowded home, fifth grader Piper Reed sets herself up as a party planner, substitutes for her babysitting older sister and illustrates her younger sister's book. Not surprisingly, it doesn't turn out the way she imagines. Fans of the series will recognize Piper's family and friends, but new readers can just as easily begin with this third volume. They will recognize her disappointment when the school year begins and she finds herself in the same old classroom, sympathize with her frustration when the only person left for the important biography report is Cyrus McCormick (someone even the librarian has never heard of) and admire the way she almost manages to juggle all her looming deadlines. Although the siblings have the usual disagreements, this is a warm and supportive Navy family, and Piper's friends, the Gypsy Club, work well together. This is another successful entry in what has become a solid chapter-book series. (Fiction. 8-10) Copyright Kirkus 2009 Kirkus/BPI Communications.All rights reserved.

School Library Journal Reviews 2009 August

Gr 3-5--Piper Reed is back and is as charming as ever. This time, the spunky Navy brat is determined to earn enough money to purchase a clubhouse for her Gypsy Club. Unfortunately, being a birthday-party planner isn't as easy as she anticipated. Soon the fifth grader finds herself in over her head and still without any money. Can she pull it together in time to find a meeting place for the club members, or will they forever be stuck without a home? Occasional black-and-white line drawings capture the girls' expressions and antics. This book is a good addition to the series and is also a natural for fans of Clementine or Judy Moody, as well as readers ready to step beyond Junie B. Jones.--Elizabeth Swistock, Jefferson Madison Regional Library, Charlottesville, VA

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