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Orbiting Jupiter

In Middle Grade Book Review, YA Book Reviews on November 14, 2017 at 7:12 pm

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by Gary D. Schmidt

Contemporary Fiction/©2015/Recommended for Grade 7 and Up

Publisher Info (Courtesy of Goodreads):

 When Jack meets his new foster brother, he already knows three things about him:

Joseph almost killed a teacher.

He was incarcerated at a place called Stone Mountain.

He has a daughter. Her name is Jupiter. And he has never seen her.

What Jack doesn’t know, at first, is how desperate Joseph is to find his baby girl.

Or how urgently he, Jack, will want to help.

But the past can’t be shaken off. Even as new bonds form, old wounds reopen. The search for Jupiter demands more from Jack than he can imagine.

This tender, heartbreaking novel is Gary D. Schmidt at his best.

My Thoughts:

This is a short, quiet book that draws you in and packs an emotional wallop. The author has a way of effortlessly drawing out emotions in every scene, without ever making you feel like you’re being manipulated.

I love everything he writes, but I think this may be my new favorite. It didn’t take long to read (you can read this in one sitting!), but it will stay with you long after you turn the last page. It pulls at your heart strings and just makes you want to be a better person. It may be directed at middle school students, but this book has something for everyone.

To sum it up, Orbiting Jupiter is beautifully written with truly memorable characters and a compelling plot – Gary Schmidt nailed it once again.

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