Unfortunately, she is no longer writing any books because she passed away in 2013.
Interview with the Author
TEACHINGBOOKS: The Kid in the Red Jacket, a middle grade novel, is about Howard Jeeter—a boy who has to adjust to a new environment when his family moves across the country. What drew you to this topic?
BARBARA PARK: We live in a mobile society, and many families move around a lot. Parents do kids a disservice when they say, "Oh, children will always bounce back."Since my husband was in the service, our family relocated often and we moved the kids to different schools. One of the most difficult things I learned a child has to do is to walk into that classroom as the new kid.
I had a lot of fun writing The Kid in the Red Jacket, particularly with the character of Molly Vera Thompson, the little girl who tries to be friends with Howard. There's nothing that she won't say. It's very freeing to write a character like that. She inspired me to have Junie B. do the same thing; she is really Junie's prototype.
1. Almost Starring Skinnybones (Sequal to Skinnybones)
4. Dear God, Help!!! Love, Earl:
5. Don't Make Me Smile:
6. Dumb Bunny:
7. Junie B. Jones and a Little Monkey Business:
8. Junie B. Jones and Her Big Fat Mouth:
9. Junie B. Jones and Some Sneaky Peeky Spying:
10. Junie B. Jones and That Meanie Jim's Birthday:
11. Junie B. Jones and the Mushy Gushy Valentime:
12. Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus:
13. Junie B. Jones and the Yucky Blucky Fruitcake:
14. Junie B. Jones Has a Monster Under Her Bed:
15. Junie B. Jones Has a Peep in Her Pocket:
16. Junie B. Jones Is (Almost) a Flower Girl:
17. Junie B. Jones Is a Beauty Shop Guy:
18. Junie B. Jones Is a Graduation Girl:
19. Junie B. Jones Is a Party Animal:
20. Junie B. Jones Is Captain Field Day:
21. Junie B. Jones Is Not a Crook:
22. Junie B. Jones Loves Handsome Warren:
23. Junie B. Jones Smells Something Fishy:
24. Junie B.'s Essential Survival Guide to School:
25. Junie B.'s These Puzzles Hurt My Brain!:
26. Junie B., First Grader (at last!):
27. Junie B., First Grader: Aloha-ha-ha!:
28. Junie B., First Grader: Boo...and I Mean It!:
29. Junie B., First Grader: Boss of Lunch:
30. Junie B., First Grader: Cheater Pants:
31. Junie B., First Grader: Jingle Bells, Batman Smells! (P.S. So Does May):
32. Junie B., First Grader: One-Man Band:
33. Junie B., First Grader: Toothless Wonder:
34. Junie B., First Grader: Turkeys We Have Loved and Eaten (and Other Thankful Stuff):
35. Maxie, Rosie, and Earl-Partners in Grime: Partners in Grime [Geek Chronicles 1]
36. Mick Harte was Here:
37. Operation: Dump the Chump
38. Psssst! It's Me... the Bogeyman:
39. Rosie Swanson: Fourth-Grade Geek for President [Geek Chronicles 2]
42. The Graduation of Jake Moon:
43. The Kid in the Red Jacket:
All of Barbara's books are junior fiction. Beanpole is a junior realistic fiction book.
Barbara's target audience for her books include elementary students and middle school students but are primarily elementary students.
I searched Junie B. Jones on Goodreads and scrolled through at the results to see the ratings. They're all around 4 stars. This series is the most popular works by Barbara. The amount of ratings on Goodreads for the books range from 4,000 to 16,000. I know all of my friends have heard of the books and most of them have read it too.
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. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
From this book review of the book Kid in the Red Jacket, it seems like Barbara Park is also a respected author in the realm of literature.
Analysis of Author's Craft
In Rosie Swanson: Fourth-Grade Geek for President, Rosie is the narrator and the language in that book is very casual as well.
In the interview I found online and quoted earlier, there was a question asking if the author could incorporate the Junie B. Jones series into their curriculum. Barbara talked about how they are often used ESL classrooms because it is a good way for students to be introduced into the English language but also learn the way people here talk. She also said she heard that they were going to be used in Indonesia except with incorrect words that are circled so it can be used as a learning activity.
http://www.scholastic.com/teachers/contributor/barbara-park (from there I clicked on the link "List of Books" for my list of books)