Barbara Lynne Park [nee Tisdell] (April 21, 1947-November 15, 2013) was an American children's book author of the Junie B. Jones series. She worked with illustrator Denise Brunkus. Her first book was published in 1992 and her final book was published in August 2012. She was born in New Jersey and resided in Arizona for nearly 30 years with her husband and two sons. While Junie B. Jones was her only series, she had also written other books such as The Kid in the Red Jacket and Skinnybones, the latter having a sequel called Almost Starring Skinnybones. She passed away in 2013 after battling ovarian cancer.[1]