The two-time Newbery Honor winner Gary D. Schmidt delivers the shattering story of Joseph, a father at 13, who has never seen his daughter, Jupiter. After spending time in a juvenile facility, he's placed with a foster family on a farm in rural Maine. Here Joseph, damaged and withdrawn, meets 12-year-old Jack, who narrates the account of the troubled, passionate teen who wants to find his baby at any cost. In this riveting novel, two boys discover the true meaning of family and the sacrifices it requires.
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Among other things, I am an 8th grade teacher and former foster parent. This book is devastatingly realistic; I felt gutted at the end; wrenched by feelings in the way that only a master storyteller can evoke. I wish every student (and every adult) could read this book and understand that Joseph is sitting in our classroom every day.
"Where fear and pain turns to friendship and love"
I could not put the book down! The narrator, Christopher Gebauer read with such emotion as he unfolded the story around Jack and Joseph. I felt I was there with the teenager, in their classroom, in the barn and walking home in the below zero degree weather. I was moved by the characters and by the 'voice' the narrator gave them. Loved it!
"Foster parents are angels from God!"
This story touched my heart in so many ways. I am a foster parent. The story is well written and easy to follow. Main characters Jack and Joseph bond easily as you hope foster brothers will. The last chapter is unexpected and I had to read it twice just to make sure!
"Great and touching story"
Wonderful characters, powerful story. Very, very touching. Narrator is excellent. I strongly recommend this book.
Orbiting Jupiter is like nothing I've ever read before. The author writes in such a way that you find yourself mesmerized, flowing along with the story like on a calm river. The characters are so relatable that you feel like you know them intimately, almost from the beginning of the book, yet Schmidt gives little to no background on them. You simply find you understand them based on their actions alone. Orbiting Jupiter is a quick read, but it will leave you feeling as though you've spent a lifetime with the characters in it. I highly, highly recommend it.
"Heartbreaking but a beautiful story"
I loved this story. I laughed. I cried. It really touched my heart. It will be a story that will stick with me.
"A Must Read!"
What a great book for anyone in middleschool to adult. You can't help but fall in love with characters!
"Sad and beautiful"
I loved this book. It was heartbreaking but I couldn't put it down. I finished it in one day because I was compelled to keep listening.
"Previewed before daughters class read it in school"
The story of a 13 year old foster boy, Joseph, narrated by his foster brother, Jack.
Joseph has a few month old daughter named Jupiter. Joseph is in foster care due to having the child with Madeleine, the 13 year old daughter of a lawyer and partially due to having an abusive father. The abuse is not spoken about other than referenced in the way Joseph reacts to others. He's looked at as a "trouble kid" by most, but not all, of the adults mentioned.
This story deals with Joseph's motivation to see his daughter and the change that happens within himself throughout the almost year spent with Jack's family
H-ll is said twice. Some bullying, a fight (3 on1), an almost suicide attempt by Joseph trying to break through the ice of a river, the eventual death of Joseph.
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