Saturday, July 15, 2017

Orbiting Jupiter by Gary D. Schmidt

Orbiting Jupiter is a story about Joseph, a troubled teenager who is placed with a foster family on a farm in rural Maine. The story is told by Jack, 12, a member of the foster family. When Joseph moves in, Jack knows only three things about him: he almost killed a teacher, he used to be in a juvenile detention center and he has a daughter. Joseph has arrived damaged and withdrawn and believing that there is no one in his life that can be trusted.

Despite struggles at school and home, Jack and Joseph eventually gain each other's trust, create a life-long friendship and discover the true meaning of family and the sacrifices it requires. Just when Joseph has begun to believe he'll have a future, he is confronted by demons from his past. Jack narrates a hopeful, yet tragic story that will give readers a fresh perspective on the unfairness of judging other people. This is a heartfelt story about a boy doing his best in bad circumstances and the people who recognize his worth and go out of their way to help him. A good read for lovers of realistic fiction.

Orbiting Jupiter has been nominated for the 2017-2018 Golden Sower Award.

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