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Kids Fiction 1926
Taking a BOAT to school!
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Piper is starting second grade, and because she lives on Peek-a-Book island off the coast of Maine, she has to ride in a lobster boat to school with her brother, Leo, who is a year younger. (But bossy!) At first, Piper is excited that there is a new 2nd and 3rd grade teacher, Ms. Arabella, because she looks like a princess in her swishy dress, but when Ms. Arabella tells Piper to take her monkey ear muffs off and Piper won't, Piper becomes so disenchanted that she ditches school the next day and gets in a lot of trouble. Piper is wearing the earmuffs because they belonged to Erik, her older brother whom she misses tremendously. While Piper is hiding, she hears a tree that is "talking", and runs into Mrs. Pennypocket, who helps her discover the reason. The tree turns out to be a "fairy tree", which provides random gifts at opportune moments, but only if the recipient leaves something in return. Piper leaves the earmuffs in exchange for the two kittens that she and Mrs. Pennypocket have rescued, and makes her peace with her new school.
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This is a great new series for readers of early chapter books like Judy Moody, Junie B. Jones, and Ivy and Bean.. The illustrations are appealing, the length is just right, and Piper is well-meaning but often misguided, a trait that seems to be appealing to the younger set!

There was a classic feel to this, and it reminded me of a book set on an island that I read as a child. Of course, I can't remember the title, but I was always interested in books where the characters had lives that were very different from my own.
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