This was my first published book. It was loosely based on a roommate I had, who would frequently eat multiple candy bars for dinner. Weirdly, her life did not turn out the way Tina’s did.

This book won the Arizona Young Readers Award in 2000.

Denise Brunkus also illustrates the Junie B. Jones books. There is one picture in here where Tina looks like Junie B. Jones, and in a Junie B. Jones book, there is one picture where Junie looks like Tina.

Oh really?

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