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A new move across the countryand the younger girl who lives next doorforces Howard to reevaluate his expectations of friendship in this witty middle-grade novel. Ages 8-12.
Copyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Grade 4-6 Park commiserates with the problems of pre-adolescence in this first-person narrative of ten-year-old Howard Jeeter, whose life is temporarily destroyed by a cross-country move to a new family home. Howard knows what awaits him as he drives east from Arizona with his insensitive parents, bawling baby brother, and smelly basset hound to a historic house in Massachusetts: he will be a vulnerable and possibly despised ``new kid.'' His first contact on Chester Pewe St. is Molly, an intrusive first-grader with red hair ``styled kind of like Bozo's.'' Her desperate attempts to be friendly drive Howard to distraction and also make him anxious that his new classmates won't accept him if he hangs around a first grader. Howard's coming to terms with Molly's need for friendship is a particularly well-done part of the novel. As in Operation: Dump the Chump (1982) and Beanpole (1983, both Knopf), Park writes in a witty and bittersweet style about the awkward, super-sensitive age of early adolescence; her humor both reflects and sharpens the sensibilities of her readers in the areas of family and friend relationships. Another first-rate addition by this author to the middle-grade popular reading shelf. Linda Wicher, Lincolnwood Public Library, Ill.
Copyright 1987 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 640L (What's this?)
  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Yearling; Reissue edition (August 12, 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0394805712
  • ISBN-13: 978-0394805719
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.4 x 7.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #119,268 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is, by far, one of the best realistic fiction books ever written for kids. I use it to train my kids in literature circles, and they have excellent discussions about it. I have read this book with my classes at least 15 times, and I never get tired of it. Great for 4th or 5th graders (and their teachers)!
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The Kid In The Red Jacket was a very funny book for all ages to get humor out of. I want to get this book a lot now that I`ve read it. The story of Howard Jeeter and his pesky little neighbor Molly is an enchanting story. I only give this book 4 stars because I thought that the base of the story could have been better and more detailed. Overall, this book is highly recommended by my fifth grade class. Special thanks to my teacher for reading it and making the very humorous Molly Vera Thompson voices and many others. Also, for being such a great teacher. P.S. You really would want her. She`s great!!!!!!!!!!!!
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By A Customer on October 15, 2000
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This book is a gem. My now college aged child, who still reads many, many books, enjoyed reading this book over and over again years ago. The wonderful part about this book is that Barbara Park is able to entertain an eight year old and entertain their adult parent as well. She uses so much humor in this book and both my child and I were laughing, out loud. I found that I was reading ahead in the book long after my child was in bed the first night that we had began reading it. I highly recommend this book for it's witty writing, it's life lesson to be learned, and mostly for the chance to experience a wonderful book with my child.
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This was a great book for me. It was funny because Molly was so annoying and she said lots of funny words.
I started reading this in my classroom, then it got so funny, I got this book on my kindle. I can't wait to read it this Summer! ( =
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A Kid's Review on October 22, 2003
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The Kid in The Red Jacket is a great book. It is one of the greatest books I have ever read. In the story the main character is Howard Jetter.Howard has to move from Arazoina to Massachutes leaving his two best freinds Rogger and Thornsberry behind. When he gets to his new
house he finds out that he lives on Chester Pewe street.
But he finds out something worse. He finds out that a little girl named Molly Vera Thompson lives right across the street from him. Throughout this whole book, Molly is following him and embarassing him in front of his new friends. To find out more, read this really, really good book.
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I've read this book aloud to my classes for years! It's a great story to introduce new kids to your class and really help them settle in with great humor! I love hearing the kids laugh out loud and giggle themselves silly hearing tales of Molly Vera Thompson. The books is full of great humor, fun characters, and heart. I recommend this book for grades 3-5. Enjoy!
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I think this is a great book for everyone and is a great example of kids moving to a new house and what they think. it also shows you how they react to a annoying person that just keeps coming back.
I really loved this book and I think that anyone would love a great comedy everyone can read and enjoy. the only thing that I didn't like was the names although they made me laugh.
a funny comedy of a average 11 year old boy and a funny cute and annoying 6 year old girl.
yeah it gets really crazy!
-Bella killian
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I am carlos daughter and this book was amazing but mabey they should add more spice to it. I'm not saying anything negative
about it to much I think kids should vrely read it good charecters funny moments I mean what els!! but I totaly recomend better...... elswere by jacqueline west ,familiars,lair and spy by by! if you have any quetions about these books and what they are about ask me
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