The Big Picture: A Novel

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Katie is forced to leave the foster family she loves, an endangered town drive-in, and a boyfriend who suddenly can’t take his eyes off his ex. As life with her mom takes a serious nosedive, Katie must rely on her faith to keep it together. Tyndale House Publishers
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Overview


Katie is forced to leave the foster family she loves, an endangered town drive-in, and a boyfriend who suddenly can’t take his eyes off his ex. As life with her mom takes a serious nosedive, Katie must rely on her faith to keep it together. Tyndale House Publishers
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781600062087
  • Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers
  • Publication date: 3/18/2008
  • Series: A Katie Parker Production Series , #3
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 1,408,826
  • Age range: 12 years
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 1.10 (d)

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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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  • Posted June 21, 2013

    A New Favorite

    Loved it! Love the characters!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 14, 2013

    Loved it!!

    This book was so good! Along with all of the other books jenny has written th is one is clearly the best! I could not put this book down! Must read!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 6, 2013

    Pretty good

    Good for ten to twelve year olds. Highly predictable. Loved the author's other series as well. I would recommend it for a good,clean, fun read:)

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  • Posted September 1, 2009

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    My Favorite YA series

    The third book in the Katie Parker Production series brings us back to the small, quaint town of In Between. It would also be a quiet town if not for the adventures that Katie brings to it. From trying to save the local drive-in to dealing with the ex-girlfriend who seems to be trying to win back the guy Katie currently likes to finishing up her junior year, Katie's seems to be all ready for another summer in In Between. Unfortunately, her mother comes to take her away from her foster parents and the life she's grown to love. However instead of giving Katie the life she needs, her mother returns to a life of drug addiction and neglect. I was appalled and disgusted with Katie's mother. I do not understand why she wanted Katie back in her life and then treated her the way she did. I can only guess that it's a sense of controlling and in want of a possession. I felt so sorry for the way Katie had to live those few months. I literally was getting so angry at her mother that I wanted to scream at the book. Katie handled these situations WAY better than I would have. It's incredibly sad when a 16 year old has to become the adult in the parent/child relationship.

    It's really funny how time changes the way you perceive people. In the first book, I really disliked Maxine. This probably also had to do with the fact that Katie disliked her as well. Then she started to grow on me to the point, in this book, that I looked forward to seeing her pop up with whatever crazy scheme she had concocted. I think it's great that even grandmothers enjoy excitement and not letting their age get the better of them. It's also really funny seeing her next to her straight laced daughter. I was glad to see all of Katie's old friends from In Between as well as the new ones she met when staying with her mother. The ending was rather a surprise but I enjoyed it.

    I'm incredibly sad this series is older as I enjoyed Katie's adventures (as well as Maxine's zany antics). This is a really good series for teen girls and it's great for combining serious subject matter with a funny twist. It's one of the most realistic and fun YA books that's out there. The book is rather long at 375 pages, but it reads really fast because you can't put it down. Jenny B. Jones is one of my favorite YA writers and I'm looking forward to reading the rest of her books! HIGHLY recommended.

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  • Posted February 23, 2009

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    AH!

    OMG! I thought this was the best one out of them! Seriously, I love this series so much I wish Jenny B. Jones would make a fourth! Ah! It makes you want to know more. But this book is so excellent! Full of drama and humor :D READ IT!!! <333

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 3, 2008

    Katie Parker's Life Like a Soap Opera

    Katie Parker returns in this third book in the Katie Parker Production Series. Jenny B. Jones has once again written an entertaining story of youth, trials, faith, and forgiveness. Sometime when you get to the third book in a series, the story has weakened and the characters lost some charm. This is not the case with The Big Picture. You will welcome the opportunity to become involved in Katie Parker's life again. She settles into life in her foster home, and then her mother gets out of rehab and reclaims custody. Katie must move back to her mother's home and start again. She leaves her best friend and her boyfriend, who appears to be more focused on his ex than her. As she starts over in the new location her newfound faith struggles to understand God's plan. Katie makes friends with another young man who never questions her background, but always manages to be by her side when she needs help. When the situation with her mother changes for the worse and becomes dangerous, Katie's life seems condemned much like the local drive-in, The Big Picture. As she and her friends, both new and old, work to save the local landmark, Katie faces destruction in her world. Her mother returns to the old criminal ways. Can one lonely teenage girl find a happy ever after in a life is tough world? The Big Picture is an excellent book which I highly recommend. The final book in the Katie Parker series leaves you hoping maybe someday to return to the small town of In Between. Jenny B. Jones has a creative way of writing from the point of view of a teenage girl trying to find her way in a lost world. You will laugh, cry, and sigh with contentment as you read this book. I also recommend the first two books in the series, In Between and On the Loose.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 27, 2008

    FANTASTIC

    Every book keeps on getting better than the last. HILARIOUS book that'll have you laughing hysterically at the antics of Maxine[Katie's crazy foster grandma]. Sometimes I wish that Katie's thoughts were said out loud b/c they were so truthfully honest and spunky. A MUST read book that I wish never ends.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 31, 2008

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    What¿s not to love? Take a quirky (make that really quirky) foster grandmother, a tough situation with her real mom, add a little romance, and you get Katie Parker. The Big Picture was an awesome, can¿t-put-it-down book. The hilarious schemes of Maxine (Katie¿s foster grandma) left me laughing out loud (and cringing at times). Katie¿s behavior and thoughts, especially with her just out of jail mom, were so honest and real. I couldn¿t help but feel connected to Katie. It¿s a fantastic book! You¿ve gotta read it!

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