Piper Reed, Forever Friend

Piper Reed (Volume 6)

Kimberly Willis Holt; illustrations by Christine Davenier

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Piper Reed 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 in Kimberly Willis Holt's Piper Reed, Forever Friend, Piper is eager to spread her trademark “Get Off the Bus” catchphrase once again.


Read an Excerpt

A Fish Tale
In December, Chief got his new orders from the U.S. Navy. We were moving to Norfolk, Virginia. I’d be saying good-bye to the Gypsy Club that I started here, but since Michael and his twin sister, Nicole, had moved to Norfolk last month, I already had two friends there. Enough for a new Gypsy Club. I couldn’t wait for my new adventure to begin.
When we moved to Pensacola, Florida, fifteen months ago, there’d been five of us—Chief, Mom, my sisters Tori and Sam, and me. Now two more had joined our family—our dog, Bruna, and Sam’s


Praise for Piper Reed, Forever Friend

Praise for Piper Reed, Navy Brat:

A Texas Bluebonnet Book

“Crisp writing from a National Book Award winner . . . Holt relays quotidian events with humor and insight.” —Publishers Weekly

“Launching a new series, Piper’s foray sets sail with verve, fun, and spunk.” —Kirkus Reviews


Praise for Piper Reed, the Great Gypsy:

“This appealing Navy family is loving without being cloying, strong without being perfect, and optimistic without seeming unbelievable. We salute you, Piper! On to the next adventure!” —The Horn Book


Praise for Piper Reed Gets a Job:

“Piper Reed is back and is as charming as ever. . . . A natural for fans of Clementine or Judy Moody, as well as readers ready to step beyond Junie B. Jones.” —School Library Journal


Praise for The Water Seeker:

* “Holt infuses the American pioneer landscape with a hint of magical realism in this intimate and epic coming-of-age tale. . . . Drawing on such diverse themes as Manifest Destiny, personal identity and cross-cultural relationships, the author has crafted a satisfying all-ages story that hosts a dazzling array of richly realized secondary characters . . . and flows as effortlessly as the Platte River.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review

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  • Kimberly Willis Holt; illustrations by Christine Davenier

  • Kimberly Willis Holt is the author of the other books in the Piper Reed series and has written many acclaimed novels, including The Water Seeker. She lives in West Texas.

    Christine Davenier has illustrated many books for young readers, as well as the books in the Piper Reed series. She lives in Paris, France.

  • Kimberly Willis Holt Shannon Holt
    Kimberly Willis Holt
  • Christine Davenier Louis Bourjac


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Piper Reed, Forever Friend

Piper Reed

Kimberly Willis Holt; illustrations by Christine Davenier

Catholic Library Association Award, St. Katherine Drexel Awa


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