Thursday, February 11, 2016

Book you should read: Orbiting Jupiter by Gary D. Schmidt


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 Here Joseph, damaged and withdrawn, meets twelve-year-old Jack, who narrates the account of the troubled, passionate teen who wants to find his baby at any cost.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.


This book was hard to put down.  It so short you can finish up in less than a few hours.
Joseph is a thirteen-year-old juvenile delinquent who just so happens to be a father.  When he is welcomed into twelve-year-old Jack's family as a foster child, you worry that this family may be in over their head with Joseph.

As the story progresses you find yourself wondering what events led to the circumstances Joseph finds himself in at the moment. You begin to feel compassion for his circumstances and wish that he can find a way to overcome his obstacles.
Of course being a father at thirteen is not an ideal situation for Joseph but throughout the story, you can't help but hope that he will be reunited with his daughter Jupiter. 

It's a great book and everyone should take the time to read.

A conversation with Author Gary Schmidt: