Thursday, May 01, 2008

The Big Picture by Jenny B. Jones

Let me introduce you to The Big Picture by Jenny B. Jones. It's the featured novel this week at the CFBA. There aren't too many books I want to shout about from the rooftops, but the Katie Parker Production series (of which The Big Picture is Book #3) is one of them.

The cool thing I've found about these books is that folks of all ages are enjoying them, even though it's officially a YA series. That's the sign of a good book.

I had the honor of endorsing The Big Picture. It can be found on the first page of the book and reads thus:

"Fresh, relevant, and snappy, The Big Picture deals with tough real-life issues. Jones beautifully balances the serious with witty humor and some of the most memorable characters in fiction today. By the book's end, you'll be clamoring for more Jenny B. Jones. I certainly am!"
--C.J. Darlington, cofounder and book editor;

For those new to the series, here's a rundown of the books:

Book 1: In Between

Katie Parker finds herself in a minivan bound for In Between, Texas, home of her new foster family, Pastor James and Millie Scott. Soon she falls into the wrong crowd and finds herself in serious trouble. Along the way she’s introduced to faith, encounters Mad Maxine (her crazy foster grandma who rides bikes in spike heels), a play gone awry, and a secret that won’t stay under wraps. Will her foster family and the church youth group accept her as she is or steer clear of Katie’s chaos?

Book 2: On The Loose

It’s going to take more than a glass slipper and some fairy dust to fix Katie’s problems. Just as she finally settles into her new life a devastating tornado rips into town. When the winds settle, nothing is ever the same again. Millie is diagnosed with breast cancer, and Katie begins to doubt if God really does care. If something happens to Millie, will she be sent back to the group home? Things spiral even further out of control when Katie juggles a science fair project, a malfunctioning best friend, spring break plans, and holding the attention of her own Prince Charming.

Book 3: The Big Picture

Just as school winds down for the summer, Katie comes home to find the shock of her life on the Scotts’ front porch - her mother. Bobbie Ann Parker, newly released from prison, has come back for her daughter. But how can Katie leave In Between when so much is falling apart? There’s Maxine’s crumbling love life to take care of, a boyfriend to win back, and the town drive-in to save.

EXTRA! EXTRA! I've had the chance to interview Jenny twice for

Read the first interview.

Read the second interview (done with my sister Tracy).


goodnewscowboy said...

I've read all three of the series and Jenny B. Jones has hit a home run with the bases loaded.

She is definitely in my top 20 all time must read authors!

Pam said...

I really didn't expect to enjoy this book, but was pleasantly surprised. Now I want to read the first two books in the series.

WordVixen said...

I can't wait to get my copy. I'm planning to order it in the next few days.