On the Loose: A Novel

On the Loose: A Novel

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by Jenny Jones
     
 

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Life is looking up for Katie. After being placed in a new home, she’s finally adjusting to her foster family. But tragedy shakes her fragile world as a tornado rips through town and her foster mother is diagnosed with cancer. Tyndale House Publishers

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Life is looking up for Katie. After being placed in a new home, she’s finally adjusting to her foster family. But tragedy shakes her fragile world as a tornado rips through town and her foster mother is diagnosed with cancer. Tyndale House Publishers

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781600061158
Publisher:
Tyndale House Publishers
Publication date:
08/23/2007
Series:
A Katie Parker Production Series, #2
Pages:
368
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.10(d)
Lexile:
HL530L (what's this?)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

Meet the Author


Jenny B. Jones is the author of A Katie Parker Production series, including the book In Between. Though now an adult, she still relates to the trauma and drama of teen life. Jenny is thrilled to see her writing dreams come true, as her previous claim to fame was singing the national anthem at a mule-jumping championship. The author and high school teacher resides in Arkansas.

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On the Loose 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 27 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it! As good as the first book in the series. Some grammatical errors that were not caught during editing, but not a major distraction. The story keeps you wanting more.
Nancy233 More than 1 year ago
On the Loose, book 2 of the Katie Parker series, continues on without losing a beat. The author keeps Katie's character true, but she does change in the story. Real life happens: a tornado, a cancer diagnosis, and more. The characters' flaws and strengths are seen throughout. I like how the youthful inexperience of Katie and her friends is contrasted against the seasoned wisdom of Katie's foster grandmother, Maxine, and Maxine's beau. The story is fun at times, tense at times, and endearing all the time. I read the third book in this series, The Big Picture, which I have also reviewed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I haven't been this into a book series in a while. This series was uplifting and real and so full of hope. Sometimes I'm not a fan of Christian fiction simply because the people are so unrealistic. I'm a mess of a believer and I absolutely adored all of the characters in this series. Funny, witty, real. I'm a fan, Mrs. Jones. Thank you!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a great book
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Read the series and pass on. Not just for teens
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This 280 page book is the srcond one of the series. It costs $4.99. I love this series of YA Christian books. They are about a sixteen year foster child, rejected and neglected by her drug abusing and rough living natural mother, currently in prison. Katie just wants to be loved and faces the problems of being a foster child as well as the usual angst of growing up. There are no adult themes and these is only a tad preachy. I would have given it five stars, but the editing is pretty bad. Especially the sentence structure. Sometimes there are so many extra words, left out words, incomplete sentences, or switched names, the sentences are confusing and require back tracking, rereading or reading ahead then back again, to figure out what the author is trying to say. (The names of Millie and Maxine are transposed several times.) This book is wonderful, other wise and I highly recommend this series. It is hitting the nail on the head, for all of us, who grew up girl. AD
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Yes this is a lend me book It is a very good book
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Soooooooo good finished in 2 days!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was the best book in the world. I would stay up every single night reading this and literally read until i fell asleep so every morning i wouldnt ever find it. Iwould recommend this book to pretty much everybody
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Guest More than 1 year ago
loved the book "On the Loose"!! Seriously, where has this writer been all my life? I caught myself laughing out loud. It was a really fun book to read, I am super excited that there will be a 3rd book in the series. Buy this book, you'll love it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Is this a lend me book?
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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. Highly recommended.
MichelleSutton More than 1 year ago
I thought In Between was the best YA novel I'd ever read (other than my own - LOL), but I was wrong. On the Loose, A Katie Parker Production, Act 2, was even better than In Between! Katie really grows a lot over the course of these first two books in this series, and toward the end of On the Loose, I was wiping tears from my eyes. I love Katie as if she was my own daughter (I have a 16-year-old son) and even though she's a fictional character when her heart broke, so did mine. When I wasn't laughing my head off reading On the Loose, I was wiping tears from my eyes. I drove my husband up the wall by asking him if I could read him just one more page. This story is read-out-loud funny. Seriously. I couldn't help sharing the humor because it was so zany and tongue-in-cheek, yet insightful and deliciously entertaining. I can't say enough great things about this book or this series. Jenny B. Jones is a favorite author, and this book makes me even more sure of my decision to rank her my #1 favorite YA author of all time. I'm reading every book she writes.
Deborah_K More than 1 year ago
Just like the first Katie Parker book in the series, I totally had a blast reading this book. It brought me back to my high school days (not necessarily a good thing lol). I think Katie is one of the best characters for teen readers these days. She is going through everything a regular teen faces and she handles them totally realistic. I laughed over the scenes with Charlie and his girlfriend because I know exactly how it feels to be in Katie's situation. I can't stand guys who are blind to their girlfriend's faults and can't see when a girl is using them. Chelsea really got on my nerves because Katie reluctantly did try to befriend her but still got the cold shoulder from her. You can bet I was rooting for Katie at the end of the book. I was really glad to see the Scotts' final reaction to Amy's behavior. If it had been anything less, I would have been severely disappointed in the characters. But I was pleased to read about their decision and I supported them completely. I also understood about how Katie felt during this whole situation. I thought that her foster parents could have been a bit more understanding but it's also easy to see why there was a lack of communication. This is one of the best YA series out there and I would definately recommend it as an alternative over the highly secular Gossip Girl books. Looking forward to reading my copy of the 3rd book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed reading Jenny B. Jones second novel of the Katie Parker series. It's hard enough to be a teenager. Fifty years ago I entered the teens and I can testify it's not for sissies. I appreciate the realism of the cast of characters. Although it's a YA novel It's not filled with only teens. I enjoyed the antics of Katie's foster grandmother, Maxine. Since I've been a teenager and am now a great grandmother I got a kick out of the interaction between them. Laughter is the best medicine and you can't read this book without letting out a chuckle now and then. But it's not all fun and games. Katie's foster mom is fighting cancer. The long lost daughter comes home. A girl who is dearly loved and who Katie feels she can never live up too. And as if that isn't enough, high society, Chelsea tries to win Prince Charming. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED READING.
Guest More than 1 year ago
On the Loose was a great book to read. I would recommend it for girls of any age. This author is really funny and I caught myself laughing out loud. I can't wait for the 3rd book in the series to come out.