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Orbiting Jupiter
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The two-time Newbery Honor winner Gary D. Schmidt delivers the shattering story of Joseph, a father at thirteen, who has never seen his daughter, Jupiter. After spending time in a juvenile facility,...
The two-time Newbery Honor winner Gary D. Schmidt delivers the shattering story of Joseph, a father at thirteen, who has never seen his daughter, Jupiter. After spending time in a juvenile facility,...
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  • The two-time Newbery Honor winner Gary D. Schmidt delivers the shattering story of Joseph, a father at thirteen, 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 Here Joseph, damaged and withdrawn, meets twelve-year-old Jack, who narrates the account of the troubled, passionate teen who wants to find his baby at any cost.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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  • DOGO Books nikolag - The book Orbiting Jupiter by Gary D. Schmidt was the best realistic fiction book you could ever choose to read! When I read the first few chapters of the book I was already heartfelt. It made me want to continue to read to the end. I truly fell in love with this book. If I were to rate this book from one to ten I would definitely give it a ten. In my opinion this book was a great book to sit down with and enjoy. The reason is because it made me feel I was in the actual story. who finally meets his new foster brother named Joseph. Jack already knows three things about Joseph. Joseph almost killed a teacher. He was incarcerated at a place called Stone Mountain. Joseph has a daughter named Jupiter. Even though Joseph is a scary and dangerous fourteen year old he tries to find his daughter that he has never even seen. Joseph and Jupiter were separated, and Joseph was only able to see her once. It's pretty sad to think if Jupiter was your daughter and you only saw her once in your life. You wouldn't feel great. I think an audience that loves sad books and a little of suspense would love the book Orbiting Jupiter. The story itself was a roller coaster ride. The story starts out with a young and shy twelve year old, who is the main character, who finally meets his new foster brother named Joseph. Jack already knows three things about Joseph. Joseph almost killed a teacher. He was incarcerated at a place called Stone Mountain. Joseph has a daughter named Jupiter. Even though Joseph is a scary and dangerous fourteen year old he tries to find his daughter that he has never even seen. Joseph and Jupiter were separated, and Joseph was only able to see her once. It's pretty sad to think if Jupiter was your daughter and you only saw her once in your life. You wouldn't feel great. I think an audience that loves sad books and a little of suspense would love the book Orbiting Jupiter.
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    Starred review from August 17, 2015
    Joseph Brook, 14, has been dealt a hand so bad that he deserves to win the foster family lottery, which he does, delivered into the care of the Hurds—loving, patient, thoughtful farmers. He arrives nearly mute, his social worker warning that, because of what he’s been through in detention, he doesn’t like the color orange, to be touched, or to be approached from behind. But Joseph thaws quickly, bonding with narrator, Jack, the last foster child the Hurds took in. Within weeks, Joseph shares his tragic history: he fell in love with a well-to-do girl, and she became pregnant at 13. The baby, Jupiter, is now in foster care, too, and Joseph desperately wants to find her. The plot can be heavy-handed, but Schmidt’s writing is so smooth and graceful that is easy to empathize with Joseph, who is victimized repeatedly—by his father, by adults who write him off before they meet him, by bullies who see an easy target. It’s a powerful story about second chances, all the more devastating because not everyone gets one. Ages 10–14.

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