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 Here Joseph, damaged and withdrawn, meets twelve-year-old Jack, who narrates the account of the troubled, passionate teen who wants to find his baby at any cost.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.
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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I enjoyed orbiting Jupiter but I thought the characters were all well written I wished you got more information about Joesph and Madeleine's backstory. Also I thought at somethings about the book that was meant to be realistic fiction was to unbelievable. But I loved Joesph's dedication to Madeleine and Jupiter given the situation. I also thought the book could have been a little longer. I thought everything moved to fast and I wished that what the author wrote was more detailed. Other then that I thought I was a wonderful book about a teenagers dedication to his loved ones and new friendships. But be warned this book will leave you with a bittersweet feeling.
This book makes me want to cry every time I read it. It is so easy to connect with characters. The sacrifices and hardships seen through this book are relatable to many. This book is one of the stories I have ever read. It is the kind of book that is best when snuggled up in bed with a cup of hot chocolate.
Everyone needs to read this