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In Between (Katie Parker Productions #1)

4.01 of 5 stars 4.01  ·  rating details  ·  3,854 ratings  ·  367 reviews
Unlike most kids, teenage Katie Parker never got a fair shot at a normal life. With a mother in jail and a missing-in-action dad, she's never known what it's like to truly be loved. Low on options and family members, she's soon shipped off to a foster home. Now in an unfamiliar town, Katie's rebellious attitude is at odds with her new family, school, and classmates. And af ...more
Paperback, 352 pages
Published April 15th 2007 by Think
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Jill Williamson
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 fingernail
While I am a big suspense reader, every so often I like picking up a book that will make me laugh from start to finish. In Between achieved that desire to the fullest! From the first chapter, Katie’s personality and dry sense of humor had me grinning from ear to ear. Be prepared to get many weird looks from people around you as you all but roll in laughter, but this book was sooo worth looking like a fool. LOL!

Jenny B. Jones did an amazing job at writing the main character, Katie. Nothing about
Goddess Of Blah
This book is enough to not only put you off religion but swear your allegiance to the devil.


It's ridiculously annoying. I generally do enjoy Christian romance - I don't even mind some of the preachy types. But this book (albeit not preachy) is ANNOYING!! Because it tries too hard to be hip and funny with DUMB "JOKES".

Instead I wanted to invade that place and start an anti-Christ orgy fest.

Example - there's an incident relating to our heroine Katie being caught breaking into a theatre. However,
Dalton Mosher
Katie Parker is a foster child, her mother is in prison and she might as well be with her because her life is horrible. Especially because some people have decided that they want her to be their foster child. Never even meeting this family she is forced to move in with them and try to live 'normal' whatever that is. Katie is sure that before a week is even up they are going to have her kicked out and back to the Sunny Haven Home for Girls. Maybe if she's a bad kid they will kick her out. Nope. E ...more
I LOVE Jenny B. Jones. Anything Jenny writes I'm bound to love. She has this tough with contemp comedy. She can just hook you in.

I read her Charmed Life Trilogy before I got a tie parker. I fell in love with Charmed Life. Every single book just made me Laugh out Loud and have a great time enjoying a fun, fresh story. Same with Katie Parker. This is an LOL book!

I loved Katie's character. She's struggling at the beginning to deal with family problems and adjusting to a new foster home and fittin
I have to admit that I was skeptical of this book when I first began. Having never read anything by Jenny B. Jones before, I had no idea of her writing style and I've read a few other books dealing with characters in the foster care system and I was dreading wading through the sad reality of the very real struggles and injustices of foster care in general.

I quickly found myself drawn in by Katie and her situation. This kid has my sense of humor! The deeper I got into the book, the deeper it fel
Jenny B. Jones has the funniest dialog. Her books are so good to read just for the laughs. Even if the story lines aren't even captivating me, I'd still wanna read her stories just for the dialog.

This one is cute and heartbreaking at the same time. It's highly empathic but at the same time fun to read, and the author pulls that mix off in compelling ways. Jenny B. Jones understands teenagers and the way they think. She definitely has carved out time to write how a 'teenage foster care girl' shou
Couldn't stop reading this book!! So much to the point of staying up past midnight reading in my bed, with my eyes burning of being tired. Anyway, all of Katie's (the main character in the book) problems are real-life. I have to say that whenever the author includes fake or unrealistic issues that the character goes through irritates me....And this book was completely unaccusable of my pet peeve! I don't want to reveal to much of this treasure bound in a cover; so I'm signing off. READ THIS BOOK ...more
I love, love, love this book!!!! :)

It is cute, funny, and witty!
Lindsey (Books for Christian Girls)
About this book:

“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
Katie Parker's mom is in prison and her father is who knows were so she is left to the foster care system as a ward of the state. She is sent to live with foster parents. Her new foster dad is a pastor, so Katie is launched into a world that she is not familiar with.

This book speaks to me because I desire to be a foster parent and possibly adopt in the future. The foster parents in this book were the perfect role models for what a Christian foster parent should be. Although Katie made mistakes,
Cindy Green
This was my first Jenny B. Jones novel and after reading In Between it won't be my last. I'm looking forward to reading the other books in the Katie Parker series.

Ms. Jones has a great teen ‘voice’ in Katie, a foster child with a mother who is currently serving in prison and who has never taken good care of her. She is sent to live with a pastor and his wife who have a grown daughter. The sarcastic tone of the book fits for a character like Katie. It makes her approachable and you feel that her
I really really liked this book. When I got this book in amazon I didn't thought I was going to have such a good time reading it. I don't normally read christian books but this one let me wanting more. It was so funny and there was a part a laughed so hard I even woke up my aunt (I was reading it in the night and it was really late). This was a sweet and an easy read story where the main characters is Katie,and is told from her POV.

"Katie Parker is about to get a new life—whether she wants one o
K.J. Farnham
I immediately fell in love with Katie Parker, a sixteen-year-old who has traveled from foster home to foster home, finally ending up with Millie and Joseph (a pastor) in the small town of In Between. Her insecurities about not really having anyone and fears about being shipped off to the next foster home are conveyed loud and clear through her sarcastic inner dialogue, which is very funny but overdone at times. About halfway through the book this sarcasm dies down a bit and is replaced with hope ...more
In preparation for Jenny's continuation of the Katie Parker Production series - Can't Let You Go (which much to my shame, I still haven't read these many months later), I picked up this recently re-issued first novel. As with each of Jenny's novels, I thoroughly enjoyed In Between. It features, a kind of sarcastic heroine (which I mean in only the best sense) who is seriously fun to hang out with throughout the length of this novel. Katie Parker hasn't had an easy life and it's made her closed o ...more
Katrina Burchett
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’
This books is one of the Eliot Rosewater nominees for 2010. I'm planning to read all of the fiction selections this year. Well, that I haven't already read....

Anyway, I was a little surprised to find a Christian fiction selection on the list, only because I haven't noticed any others in the last few years. I completely enjoyed Katie's story and it was refreshing to read something that didn't dwell on boy meets girl and he turns out be a werewolf/vampire. I found myself laughing several times, e
This was a fun little book. The main character was fantastic! The things she would say were super funny! It reminded me of my good friend Jaymie! Loved her personality!
Jaime Stevens
I loved this book and it is one of the best ones I have read in a very long time. It was hilarious and emotional all at the same time.
Anna (Reading this world)
+ underhållande berättarröst
+ roliga bikaraktärer
+ lyckas ha med religion utan att det blir in-your-face
- lite för mycket moralkaka ibland
- klyschigt slut
I absolutely loved this book! I'm super excited to read the next!!!
Kim Territo
Loved this, can't wait to read the rest of this series.
Winiecki Sarah Jane
LOVE THIS BOOK! I've been looking and hoping for a new series I could fall in love with and WALAH! :D Cannot WAIT to order the other books in this series. When I was coming up on the last few chapters today I was just hoping that it wouldn't end or even better, have another book or series and boy was I happy. Last page, very last page of the whole book informed me there was indeed another book, not only that but a SERIES!

Katie is an orphan of the state and that is what got me interested in read
Melodie Harris
Mar 07, 2015 Melodie Harris rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: middle grade, high school, wannbe-author's for this genre, adults of high schoolers
Recommended to Melodie by: read it somewhere on a Christian writer's blog
Loved the characters in this book. The author wastes no words in her characterization of Katie Parker, a broken foster child (a teenage girl you'll root for as the story progresses), a gentle, but also broken foster mom and her slow-to-warm-up husband, and the greatest character--Maxine, the grandma, who is a clean version of Betty White. Mad Maxine, as Katie comes to call her, is so funny, full of tough love, and a tell-it-like-it-is attitude that matches Katie's rough exterior. Can't wait to r ...more
Thoughts about orphaning and fostering are not always happy ones. It can be depressing, thinking about child abuse or parents who just don't care. But books usually aren't depressing. In Between, by Jenny B. Jones, isn't full of sadness and mean thoughts.
Katie Parker doesn't have a dad, and her mom is not fit to be a mother. Despite all her protest, Katie is put into the foster system and flown off to live with a family she doesn't know. Put in such a difficult situation, Katie does her best to
Whitney Anderson
In Between; Jenny .B. Jones
Whitney Anderson

In Between is about a girl who has a troubled Mom, and is in foster care. The only things there to protect her was the banged up mobile home her and her Mom lived in and some stray cats. Then her life changes and she meets the Scotts. James and Millie Scott are definitely church going people, James is the pastor of the local church at In Between. But for Katie parker, church isn’t really her thing. When she gets into a huge pile of trouble and she is f
I did not know what I would get when I picked up this novel. It was a kindle freebie that looked interesting.

What I got was a well written piece of youth literature with a Christian slant. In Between is a coming of age story of a teenage girl who is trying to adjust to a new foster family. The novel is notably for young adults, however is enjoyable for adults as well.

If you are not big into a Christian slant to your literature you can still very much enjoy this novel. The main character is not
Monica Mynk
I love, love, love this book. Why? The characters. From crazy grandma Mad Maxine to Bacon Bits the fetal pig, Jenny Jones has taken character devlopment to a new level.

Katie Parker, a foster child, moves into the home of a preacher and church secretary. She puts up a good front until she falls in with some troublemaking teens who leave her behind after vandalizing a theater. Unbeknownst to Katie, the theater belongs to her foster family, and she must help restore the theater while healing the re
Mary Hosmar
Kate Parker is scared. She is about to be placed in a foster home. All the things she has heard about these places from others will probably come true for her. After all, her mother is in prison, her grades are in the cellar and she has nothing going for her. What could pretend-parents and a place called In Between offer but more of the same: get used to a place, be ignored, or worse, rejected and moved on? It probably wouldn’t even be worth while to unpack.
This delightful story for teenaged gir
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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
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Four-time Carol Award winner Jenny B. Jones writes contemporary romance with wit, sass, and Southern charm. Since writing for both women and teens leaves her with very little free time, she believes in spending her spare hours in meaningful, intellectual pursuits, such as watching E!, going to the movies and inhaling large buckets of popcorn, and writing her name in the dust on her furniture. www. ...more
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