Friday, January 29, 2016

Book Review: Orbiting Jupiter by Gary D. Schmidt

Jack's family is taking in a new foster child. Before they take him, they are given warnings. He has some issues. He doesn't like small spaces. He almost killed a teacher. He has a 3 month old daughter. Joseph looks like a normal 8th grader, but there is so much back story, that taking him on might not be smart.

Jack's parents know that they are the right family for Joseph.

Slowly, Joseph starts to warm up to the family, shy and hesitant at first, and finally opening up about the girl, his family life and most of all his daughter Jupiter who he wants to take care of more than anything. Things might not be going on well at school, as more people believe the rumors, and less people get to know Joseph, but he finds his place. He's an instant hit with the math and gym teachers, and slowly the English teacher sees she may have misjudged him. It's not enough. Joseph needs to find Jupiter.

Told in a quiet voice, Orbiting Jupiter packs a huge emotional punch as it looks at families, bullies and love. Jack is an honest narrator who tries to make scene of Joseph's story, and how someone could be so misunderstood. Don't think that this short book doesn't hit all the right notes, and be sure to have a box of tissues for the end.

I'll see you @ the library!
Katie

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