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On the Loose: A Katie Parker Production    by Jenny B. Jones order for
On the Loose
by Jenny B. Jones
Order:  USA  Can
Navpress, 2007 (2007)
* *   Reviewed by Melissa Parcel

Katie Parker has been through her share of trials in her young life. But she is now finally in a good foster home with Millie and James, and things seem to be improving. She's going to church with them, but Katie hasn't quite bought into everything regarding Christianity. When their small town is hit by a tornado, Katie has to share a room with her quirky foster grandma, and Millie is diagnosed with cancer, Katie isn't sure where God fits into all of these things.

On the other hand, her romantic life seems to be improving, but there are some other issues at school that need to be dealt with. Who is setting Katie up with accusations of stealing? And where is Katie's place when James and Millie's biological daughter decides to come home again?

On the Loose is the second book in A Katie Parker Production series. One doesn't need to read the first book in order to understand what is going on, although a little background would help readers relate to the characters better, especially Katie. She's an incredibly likeable heroine; one readers will be able to identify with even without shared circumstances. Many of the situations Katie experiences are universal to teens.

Katie's struggles with faith and fitting in are well-written and will cause readers to think. The faith-based sections are not preachy and will really appeal to those who are looking to explore what faith means and how it fits into a real life. On the Loose is a good book filled with humor and realistic life situations.

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