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The Kid in the Red Jacket

The Kid in the Red Jacket

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by Barbara Park

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If you thought Junie B. Jones was FUNNY—catch more laughs from New York Times bestselling author Barbara Park with her hilarious middle-grade novels—just right for fans of Diary of a Wimpy Kid and I Funny!
Can Howard SURVIVE life without friends?
Howard Jeeter’s parents have ruined his life. They’ve moved him


If you thought Junie B. Jones was FUNNY—catch more laughs from New York Times bestselling author Barbara Park with her hilarious middle-grade novels—just right for fans of Diary of a Wimpy Kid and I Funny!
Can Howard SURVIVE life without friends?
Howard Jeeter’s parents have ruined his life. They’ve moved him across the country, and all the kids in his new town act like he’s totally invisible. At least, all of them except for his six-year-old neighbor, Molly Vera Thompson. Howard could use a friend. But a little girl who talks nonstop? Not what he had in mind. Still, when you’re really lonely, you’ll be friends with anyone…right?
An IRA-CBC Children’s Choice
A Library of Congress Children’s Book of the Year
A Parents’ Choice Gold Award Winner

• “Park writes in a witty and bittersweet style about the awkward, supersensitive age of early adolescence. Another first-rate addition to the middle-grade popular reading shelf.” —School Library Journal, Starred
“[A] witty middle-grade novel.” —Publishers Weekly

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Laura Dekle
Written by the same creative and hilarious author as the “Junie B. Jones” series, this book is just as charming. Howard Jeeter, fifth grader, moves from Arizona to Massachusetts. He has an overactive imagination and many concerns about this move—about not making friends, about living on a street named after a Revolutionary War hero, about his baby brother spitting up on himself, causing embarrassment for Howard…and the list goes on. Once Howard moves to Massachusetts, he quickly gains one friend, but this adds to his worries because his new friend is a first-grade girl named Molly Vera Thompson. Molly loves Howard immediately and does not care that he is a boy or that he is much older than her—all she knows is that they both like to color and that they “both don’t chipmunks.” Howard tolerates Molly for a while, but eventually the time comes where he has to choose—pals from school or his faithful first-grade friend. This book was written in 1987, so some of the names and topics are less likely to be familiar to readers of today; but the writing is done well and cleverly. The length of the chapters is manageable for hesitant readers and the story is enjoyable for all! Reviewer: Laura Dekle; Ages 8 to 12.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Two comic novels portray the struggles of middle-grade boys trying to fit in. Ages 8-12. (Apr.)
School Library Journal
Gr 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.

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Random House Children's Books
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Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

BARBARA PARK is beloved by millions as the author of the wildly popular New York Times bestselling Junie B. Jones series, which has been translated into multiple languages and is a time-honored staple in elementary school classrooms around the world. She is also the author of award-winning middle-grade novels and bestselling picture books, including Skinnybones, Almost Starring Skinnybones, Mick Harte Was Here, and The Kid in the Red Jacket. Barbara died in 2013, but her legacy lives on in the laughter her books give to readers all over the world.

Brief Biography

Scottsdale, Arizona
Date of Birth:
April 21, 1947
Place of Birth:
Mt. Holly, New Jersey
B.S., University of Alabama, 1969

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The Kid in the Red Jacket 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 27 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book a few years ago, but I still remember it. My sister has to do a project about it, and I'm glad she got to do such a great book. I would say any 4th to 5th grader would just LOVE this book! Try it out today!
Cloudstrife More than 1 year ago
The book ¿The Kid in the Red Jacket¿ by Barbara Parks is about a kid named Howard Jeeter and he is having everything in his life go wrong. First of all he has to move to a new house because of his farther. He doesn¿t like this because he won¿t know any body around and he thinks he¿s going to be loser. Another reason is that he will have to leave all of his friends and he will miss them. To make things worst there¿s a little girl that lives across his house that is younger then him and he thinks that she is the most annoying kid in the world and she always comes to his house so that annoys him even more. The problem doesn¿t stop right there, the next day after they moved there Howard has to goes to school and be the new kid in school. How will Howard over come this and live the way he used to?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book i hope will be a very good book but one thing for sure is that that girl acrossed the street is alot like my friends sistert
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm in second grade and i read it in a week.great book
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is about a kid named Howard Jeeter that moves to a new state, Massachusetts. When he gets there, his mom sends him to school on their second day there. He thinks it's the horror of his life. Anyways, he makes new friends after a while. But his biggest horrors are across the street. His neighbor Molly Vera Thompson.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book the sample is pretty long (20pages) I only got the sample tell me how the rest of book was by a review.
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It was writin in 1978
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How old is this book? i heard of it never read it or knew how old it was. I was born 2002.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Read this in third grade didnt like it much but anyone who likes a book with thrills, tap, click, then buy!! ;)
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Guest More than 1 year ago
The book a is laugh on a page and tears on the other pages.My granddauter Claire was given a copy by her teacher and got one from me.This is not criticizim, but my grand daughters first day to new school in Cairo she cried big tears. She said she didn't want to be the new kid, I wrote and 8 by 11 letter to her saying she would love school the famous author just wrote it backwards. It gets very very good by the end of the day. So dose the book. between me teacher she has two of them now to share with her young cousins. Thank you. We'll buy more of her books for her.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is about the hardships of moving. New school, new people, and trying to get a chance to get used to your own house! But that can all be hard when you have an annoying little girl that lives right next door!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This story is about a boy named Howard. He moves from Arizona to Massachusetts. He doesn't want to move though because he'll miss his friends Thornsberry and Roger. He ends up being friends with Ollie and Roger but with some difficulty getting there. After all Howard doesn't think it's so bad living in Massachusetts.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Ten year old Howard has to move away from his friends. Then a girl named Molly gets on his nerves. Molly starts screaming while Howard IS WALKING TO SCHOOL.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love this book! Molly Vera Tompson is such a charactor. The comments that Howard makes and the way he compares things are hilarious. You should try this book, you in for a GREAT book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Thank you to all the people who wrote these reviews because I was doing this book for a school report and I lost the book before I wrote the report. You guys helped me remember what the book was about. thanks! It was a great book! Read it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
i loved this book it was fun and very cool. i could relate to the characters
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book realllllie bored me. I like b.p. but she could have done better.it was not funny. just sayin. Way to easy to read and veary short Iceglare
Katherine Siddall More than 1 year ago
I read this for school about 2 years ago and it was ok. Definally wasnt my favorite but i enjoyed some parts of the book. Read this if ur looking for a book if u have nothing else to read u may like it but i didnt. All about the person.