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Houghton Mifflin Invitations to Literature: Rd Pback+ Kid Red Jacket 5 -Imp KID RED JACKET
     

Houghton Mifflin Invitations to Literature: Rd Pback+ Kid Red Jacket 5 -Imp KID RED JACKET

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by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
 

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Howard Jeeter has moved across the country and his only friend is an annoying six-year-old girl. Of course, when you’re really lonely, you’ll be friends with anyone—almost.

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Howard Jeeter has moved across the country and his only friend is an annoying six-year-old girl. Of course, when you’re really lonely, you’ll be friends with anyone—almost.

Editorial Reviews

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 - 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780395733301
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
05/19/1995
Series:
Houghton Mifflin Invitations to Literature Series
Pages:
128
Product dimensions:
5.84(w) x 0.23(h) x (d)
Age Range:
10 Years

Meet the Author

Barbara Park is one of  today's funniest and best-loved writers for middle graders.  Her novels, which include Dear God, HELP!!! Love Earl; Skinnybones; The Kid in the Red Jacket; and Mick Harte Was Herehave won numerous children's book awards.  Barbara thinks that the wonderful thing about writing humor is that she is able to deal with serious issues in a more lighthearted way.  Barbara's fans always want to know whether or not her characters are based on her own children (she has two sons) -- in fact, they are not.  But having her sons has made it easier for her to know how kids talk and think.  What matters most to Barbara is that her books are bringing a few smiles to her readers.

Barbara lives in Paradise Valley, Arizona, with her husband, Richard. She holds a B.S. from the University of Alabama.  

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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
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.