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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
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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
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Katie
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
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Dalton
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
Melody
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
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Kelli
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
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Hannah
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
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Cindy Burkhardt
This book is number 1 of three. it is about a girl that lives in foster care cause her mom is in jail and she doesn't know her father. The girl gets into trouble in foster care until she is placed with this religious family that actually and truly cares about her. This book will make you laugh, cry, and want to hug the girl. The girl got into some trouble at first when she moved in with this new family, but then slowly started seeing that she need make some changes in her life. She begins to cha ...more
Goddess
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! It tries too hard to be hip and funny. 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, she wasn't part of it and a
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Halee
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
Kim
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
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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’
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Fiona
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
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Shellbelle19
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!
Rissi
Review will follow. (Hopefully.)
Mindy
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
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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
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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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Joan
The blurb reads:

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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Kerri Rohrer
Great faith-based book for teens

I previewed this book before passing it on to my thirteen year old daughter. I'm not a fan of stories that make parents out to be idiots or books that encourage delinquency. I did not know this was a Christian book when I added it to my kindle, but I got the hint early on in the story. although it is pretty predictable, it is a great story that will appeal to teens. I love the wit and humor. it's told from the point of view of the main character, who is a 16 year
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Caroline
Aug 07, 2014 Caroline rated it 4 of 5 stars
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I was going to say that this seemed like it was geared toward the younger set of YA readers, but since I am nowhere near that age group (*cough* painful admission *cough*) and I enjoyed it, I guess it really could be for anyone! If you're looking for one of those traditional YA love triangle books where the heroine MUST-MAKE-CHOICE-BETWEEN-TWO-GORGEOUS-GUYS - this is not that book. This story is about 16-year-old Katie Parker who, because her father is absent and her mother is in prison, is bein ...more
Jolene
A light-hearted read with a somewhat interesting storyline and a few unique characters written in. I especially appreciated the grandmother- sometimes a little too quirky for believability, but still the character with the most entertaining background. I also liked Millie and James Scott as the author did somewhat well in creating tension between the two and leaving out certain details about their lives in order to reveal them later in the story.

I have to say though that my major qualm with thi
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Jessica
Oh my gosh, this book was hilarious!

Katie Parker is the biggest drama queen I've ever come across and I loved every second of it. She began the book as a foster child due to her lack of parental guardianship; her dad disappeared and her mom is in jail for selling drugs. Then the Scotts swoop in and decide Katie Parker is the foster child they've been looking for their whole life. Okay, not really since they originally wanted a boy, but you get the idea.

Katie is convinced that it's only a matter
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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
Taylor
Should have read the summary more thoroughly because I totally missed the last sentence about God being there. Now, I'm not totally against Christian books, but with the amount of preaching that goes on in this book, there should have been more mention of it in the summary. As an atheist who grew up in the church, it was painful to read.

Everything was so black and white. Church was good, goth was bad, all teenagers hang out with their exact group and only talk about their one interest. That's n
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Barbara
Excellent-Couldn’t put it down!

Thank goodness I had a long plane trip and layover so I had lots of time to read this excellent book. I couldn’t put it down! This was the first time I’ve read a book by author Jenny B. Jones but certainly not the last; she has a new fan!

The story is about Katie Parker a foster girl who has been in the system awhile due to her alcoholic, bad mom. Katie is placed in the home of James and Millie Scott as new foster parents who have a secret of their own. James Scott
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Israa Attia
The inspiring international bestseller of a seemingly ordinary woman who uses her talent and courage to transform herself first into a prestigious couturier and then into an undercover agent for the Allies during World War II

Between Youth and Adulthood . . . At age twelve, Sira Quiroga sweeps the atelier floors where her single mother works as a seamstress. At fourteen, she quietly begins her own apprenticeship. By her early twenties she has learned the ropes of the business and is engaged to a
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Joleen
In between by Jenny B Jones
This is a very cute, fun read about a young girl who is virtually orphaned. Father disappeared, mother in prison. After living 6 months in a home for girls, she's taking in as a foster child by a Christian pastor and his wife.
Right away she gets in trouble but the rest of the book is fun as she tries to make up for her mistake, and as she gets to know folks. When she actually begins to say what she thinks it is often very funny.
This is really geared more for young folk
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Laura
Jenny B. Jones has a fantastic voice. Her characters are a little sarcastic and really funny.

The topics of foster care and a parent in jail are serious, but Jones handles them with humor.

The characters are fantastic, especially Maxine, Katie's slightly insane foster grandmother.

Great series for teens and adults to enjoy.
Heather Hart
Full of witty humor - maybe a little too much

Full of witty humor - maybe a little too much

This book was awesome. I loved the characters, storyline, and just the writing style of the author. It was sassy. However, it might have been too sassy to be realistic. I still loved it though.
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Four-time Carol Award winner Jenny B. Jones writes Christian Fiction romance with equal parts wit, sass, and untamed hilarity. 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 ...more
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