Title: Piper Green and the Fairy Tree
Piper Green and the Fairy Tree: Too Much Good Luck
Author: Ellen Potter
Genre: realistic fiction, very mild fantasy
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Summary: In the first book, we meet Piper Green, a second grader living on an island off the coast of Maine. The island is so small that elementary students take a boat to school every day. Older kids, like Piper's brother, board on the mainland. It's the first year that her brother has lived away from home and Piper misses him desperately. So much so that she's determined to wear his earmuffs every day, much to the consternation of her parents and her teacher.
Book two finds Piper experiencing a string of good luck. Her friend Jacob thinks it might be too much good luck. Sure enough, a new student in their class seems to have introduced a trend of bad luck that just seems to get worse every minute. Piper decides to set the world back on a positive path with the help of the fairy tree.
My Opinion: These really are cute little books. For their brief length, they have a decent amount of characterization. Quirky, funny, and meaningful. The characters are, at times, bizarre but in a way that is more charming than distancing. The simple vocabulary is accessible to young readers without talking down to them. The already fun stories are only improved by the cartoon style illustrations that highlight the supplement the text.
More information: The first two books in the Piper Green series release August 4.
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