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In Between (A Katie Parker Production, Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Jenny B. Jones
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Book Description

Can we overcome our past?

Katie Parker is about to get a new life—whether she wants one or not. With her mom in prison, and her father AWOL, Katie is sent to live with a squeaky-clean family who could have their own sitcom. She launches a full-scale plan to get sent back to the girls’ home when she finds herself in over her head...and heart. When Katie and her new "wrong crowd" get into significant trouble at school, she finds her punishment is restoring a historic theater with a crazy grandma who goes by the name of Mad Maxine. In the midst of her punishment, Katie uncovers family secrets that run deep, and realizes she's not the only one with a pain-filled past. Katie must decide if she'll continue her own family’s messed up legacy or embrace a new beginning in this place called In Between.

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    It took less than a chapter for Katie Parker, the main character in Jenny B. Jones's new novel, In Between, to win me over completely. Sixteen-year-old Katie, now a ward of the state of Texas after her mom's recent imprisonment, says, "Knowing that your greatest achievement to date is becoming a dependent of an entire state can totally blow a girl's confidence." About the time Katie gets used to being at the Sunny Haven Home for Girls, she finds herself shipped out to foster parents who live in In Between, Texas. Now what kind of town would name itself In Between? And, have as its high school mascot a Chihuahua? Her new foster parents, James and Millie Scott, are nice enough people, in spite of the fact that Katie is shocked to find out James is the senior pastor of In Between Community Church. Now why would a family like that want her? Besides, she's heard the horror stories from the other girls at Sunny Have. Moving from one foster home to another--never staying in one place for long. Katie figures the sooner she can get herself sent back to Sunny Haven, the easier it will be on everyone. However, when her best attempts to get the Scotts to send her back only seem to strengthen their caring and support, Katie begins to realize that maybe her life can be something better than it has been. And James and Millie Scott are surprised to find that Katie might also have a lesson or two to teach them. With great supporting characters such as Mad Maxine, Millie Scott's "gum-smacking, energy-drink guzzling, wheelie-popping demon" of a mother, Jenny B. Jones has created a humorous and heart-touching book seen through the eyes of a foster kid on the outside looking in. Katie Parker will make you laugh out loud and, by the time you finish the last page, I have no doubt she will have won your heart as she did mine. -- Sheryl Root

    From the Back Cover

    Katie Parker knows life isn't fair. After all, when your mom's in jail and your dad's a no-show, you figure things just aren't going your way. But hey, she can deal. Then she finds out she's being sent to live with a foster family--in In Between, Texas. What kind of town has a name like In Between? And what kind of family wants a kid like her? One thing's for certain: None of this will be good. Sure enough--thanks to some new "friends" and her non-Mom's crazed mother, Mad Maxine--life sails right past bad to stinking. Then again, she's just a temporary kid, they're just temporary parents, and she definitely doesn't have any ideas about making any of this permanent. God, on the other hand, may have other plans altogether.

    Product Details

    • File Size: 524 KB
    • Print Length: 291 pages
    • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0692213740
    • Publisher: Sweet Pea Productions; 2 edition (March 25, 2014)
    • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B00J9VYDEA
    • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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    • Lending: Enabled
    • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #412 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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    72 of 76 people found the following review helpful
    Format:Paperback
    In Between is one of a few novels I've read where I've actually cracked up every time I read it ... and on every other page. I kid you not.

    But not only is In Between laugh-out-loud funny, Jenny manages to weave serious issues into her stories right alongside the humor. And somehow it meshes beautifully. That takes skill. In Between is a YA novel, but it can be appreciated by all ages. In fact, My Dad read it and liked it just as much as I did. My thirty-something friend did as well. It isn't every day that a book comes along that can resonant with such a diverse age range.

    Whether you're a teen or not, Katie Parker is a girl we can all relate to. There's something universal about the challenges she faces. We all want to belong somewhere. We all want to be loved. We all need meaning in our lives.

    --C.J. Darlington
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    31 of 36 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars In Between is a hysterical read. August 31, 2008
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    I haven't laughed so hard from reading a book ever. Jenny B. Jones' debut novel, In Between, is a hysterical read.

    Katie Parker's mom is in prison, and Katie is shipped off to live with pretend-o-parents, James and Millie Scott in the small town of In Between, Texas . When Katie discovers her new foster dad is a pastor, she dresses Goth for the first day of school, certain Millie won't let her out of the house. Her plans backfire and Katie is not only forced to go to school with black fingernails, but ends up sitting at the Goth table at lunch, seeing as that's where she looks to fit in.

    Unfortunately, a couple of her new friends are not the best influence, and Katie unknowingly is recruited for a midnight vandalism jaunt to the local vintage theater. Katie is the only teen nabbed by the coppers, who take her down to the station and inform her that the Scotts are the owners of the theater. Humiliated, Katie waits for her foster parents to send her packing. They don't, however, and Katie experiences some awesome tough love for the first time in her life.

    Katie struggles to adapt to her new, strange world, which includes church, smart friends, a massive dog, and a crazy foster grandma who rides a bicycle built for two. She tries out for the school play and falls for a cute and troublesome senior guy. Her new friend doesn't approve, foster granny doesn't approve, but Katie's of the opinion that what the Scott's don't know won't hurt them. It's a good thing God is watching out for Katie Parker, even though she doesn't have a clue.

    It's one comical situation after another with Katie Parker, whose fun, sarcastic voice keeps you turning the pages so fast they catch fire. This is a must read for teen girls...and girls of any age! Looking forward to book two titled, On the Loose: A Katie Parker Production, Act 2.

    Highly recommended.
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    12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
    Format:Kindle Edition
    Cute, light- hearted read with interesting story line. I read it because my teen daughter read it. Story line and sarcastic tone makes it very appealing to American culture Christian teens. The Christian message is obvious but not cheesy...or complete, in my opinion. The idea that trusting Christ as your Savior will take away all your problems is implied in the main character's encounter with a youth pastor. Still, it gave me the opportunity to remind my daughter that while salvation in Jesus Christ IS the only way to heaven and gives us peace in this life, it does NOT guarantee a life free from trouble or pain. Luke 19:10-19. However, the applied principles of the faith do help one to avoid unnecessary self-created trouble.

    That said, it was a nice summer break read that isn't nearly as intense as the literature requirements of the school year.
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    4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars A Fun Read August 14, 2008
    Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
    When her mother was given a prison sentence for selling drugs, Katie Parker was sent to the Sunny Haven Home for girls. She'd been at the home for six months and had just started to figure out how to survive there when she had to move. Pastor James Scott and his wife, Millie, had agreed to take Katie in as their foster daughter.
    Katie had felt alone most of her life and she had to deal with difficult situations beyond her control, so for her there was no hope for a better day. She questioned God's love for her and she wasn't too sure about this couple in their fifties; especially since her new foster father was a Pastor. Residing in the home of a man of God certainly wasn't something she'd agree to if she'd been given a choice. But Mrs. Iola Smartly, the woman who ran things at Sunny Haven, knew she had taken Katie to the right place.
    Occasionally I do judge a book by its cover. I saw this one and immediately thought it'd be a fun read, and it was. As I read Katie Parker's story I was entertained by her wit, and although her foster grandmother, Maxine, seemed a little off (not quite there, looney tunes, peculiar, downright strange) her unique personality and shenanigans brought even more enjoyment. Again, this was a fun read!
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    11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars Great Message But Not Voice of Choice August 16, 2014
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    First I have noticed my reviews veer off from the norm in that I focus more on writing techniques than story line: I don't want to spoil it for a possible reader. And I see I am way in the minority for reviews on this story, most being four or five stars and really enthusiastic: maybe I'm wierd, terribly old fashioned, or just a grouchy old curmudgeon. Or maybe I was having a bad day and needed a lala land story.

    Well I did stick it to the end and that should say something. But it wasn't one of my better reads. The subject of foster care is a serious one and I guess writer Jenny Jones wanted to lighten the load with a larger one of comic relief: which is not a bad thing in itself, but in this particular case the edgy, sarcastic voice of the mc, Katie Parker, bothered rather than made me laugh. Probably teens do talk this way nowadays and think in this voice, but being the idealist rather than realist this just wasn't my cup of herb tea. Even though some of the rave reviews claimed it for any age I found it to be targeted to the younger generation. Millennials?

    Believability was also an issue, both for some of the characters as well as scenes. For example the Grandma, Mad Maxine (conjured up Phyllis Diller), felt slapstick as did her dialogue and many of the scenes with her.

    And okay, Ebola bird flu? Too far fetched even for a malingering teen to come up with: did she really think it would work or was she speaking tongue in cheek. A drama queen? I couldn't tell. Then there was the foster mom's spiritual light bulb moment at the end- as if that was God's plan all along, also a stretch and disappointing. His heart and a Momma's are bigger than that I think. A better ending, please. (Hoping that is corrected in the next book in the series.
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    3.0 out of 5 stars I enjoyed the read
    I enjoyed the read, a little predictable but the characters were very likeable. I would read the next in the series.
    Published 11 hours ago by Aileen P. Burkett
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    Published 12 hours ago by Betty Rhodes
    4.0 out of 5 stars Well Crafted
    While I was sad to see that the Pastor and his wife weren't portrayed in a strong Christian light, I greatly appreciated the writing style, the doses of wry humor that served to... Read more
    Published 1 day ago by Trish
    2.0 out of 5 stars young at heart.
    It was a good read but for the younger set. I could predict what was going to happen. I was too seasoned for this read.
    Published 1 day ago by Karen Graham
    4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent and positive young adult read
    This witty novel was written with a very positive spin. Perfect for a tween or teen. Would recommend for my kids.
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    4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
    I enjoyed this book, some parts were very funny!
    Published 1 day ago by Linda G. DeMitry
    5.0 out of 5 stars Feel good story!
    Cute book, easy, good read. Bought the series. Feel good story!
    Published 1 day ago by Cheryl Oman
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    Loved this book!
    Published 3 days ago by Donna077
    5.0 out of 5 stars I loved this book!
    I really enjoyed this book. The characters were so easy to picture in my mind. You can feel the pain of the foster parents and Katie's teenaged anxiety. Read more
    Published 3 days ago by prettybella
    5.0 out of 5 stars Love!
    I'm a mentor to girls who have been in the foster care system, and I found pieces of their stories laced throughout this book. Read more
    Published 3 days ago by Keri Lynn
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    More About the Author

    Jenny B. Jones is the award-winning author of romantic comedies for teens, as well as women. Writing with equal parts wit, sass, and untamed hilarity, Jenny believes a romance novel should make you smile and leave you entertained, as well as inspired. Check out her books for teens, such as the Carol Award winning A Charmed Life series and There You'll Find Me, plus books for women such as RITA finalist, Save the Date.

    When not writing, Jenny believes in making the most of her rare free time with intellectual worthwhile pursuits. Such as watching bad TV, consuming dangerous levels of ice cream, and obsessive, frequent Twittering. You can find her at www.jennybjones.com

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