Orbiting Jupiter

Orbiting Jupiter

Book - 2015
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Feb 17, 2020

I threw this book across the room when I finished it. I love it. You must read this.

IndyPL_SarahL Apr 20, 2019

I loved Schmidt's book, Okay for Now, and this book is just as moving and beautifully written. Both books are stories about boys who have to overcome difficult lives and the wrongful assumptions that adults sometimes make about troubled youth. It's also a touching story about love and friendship. I highly recommend this book to middle grade students, teens, and adults, especially those who work with children.

closeReader Nov 16, 2018

This book is a must read for everyone.
This should be required reading for all middle school and high school students. A gamut of emotions are explored in this story that touches your heart and makes a mark on your soul.
You will see kindness, bullying and the reactions to it from all sides, poverty, the value of hard work, exploration of family, love, determination, finding your place in the world, and self sacrifice.

IndyPL_SteveB Nov 06, 2018

Not a science fiction novel. This is a deeply moving early teen novel about a family in Maine which takes in a foster son, 8th grader Joseph. The story is told from the viewpoint of 6th grader Jack, the family’s own son. Joseph has had a rough life with a severely abusive father. The only good thing in his life had been his secret relationship with Madeleine, a girl his age. She got pregnant and had a daughter named Jupiter; but Madeleine died in childbirth. Joseph was basically incarcerated at a tough school for boys. He is obsessed with finding his daughter.

While this is in the library’s Teen section because of the themes, the reading level is more like 6th-8th grade. It’s not a book about teenage pregnancy. I think a lot of young people would like this, because the themes are more about how people are different on the inside from what other people judge them to be. It might be especially good for young men, because there are so few books that focus on the problems of the very young father.

Jul 10, 2018

This is a great book for people that like reading tragedy books. It's about a boy named jack and a boy named Joseph. Joseph comes to live with Jackes family. Joseph tried to once kill his teacher because some kids gave him pills. Then he finds out that he has a daughter and tries to find her. Though he can never raise her. Its a heartbreaking story though its a short read and its really good. I really Recommend it.

Jul 28, 2017

I read this years back and still remember how it made me feel. "Orbiting Jupiter" in three words: Sincere, Poignant, Real. I highly recommend it!

Cynthia_N Jun 03, 2017

Such a painful story to read! I hate to say it was enjoyable but it was. Very quick read.

spl_merley Jan 11, 2017

A beautiful and gut wrenching story of the friendship between two teenage boys and a series of tragedies that mark one of them deeply. This relatively fast read touches on abusive relationships and institutions, teenage pregnancy and parenthood, fostering and adoption as well as the challenges of overcoming a label of "the bad kid". Everyone should have a friend who has their back.

Dec 06, 2016

A 2017-2018 Missouri Truman Readers Award preliminary nominee (grades 6-8).

Joseph is in foster care. Joseph is 14 and has a daughter that he desperately wants to see. He is taken in by a nice family, a married couple and their son, who try to help him. The family lives on a farm near a small town.

This book was depressing and maybe a little hopeful, but mostly for me depressing. I kind of wondered at the intensity of Joseph and Maddie's relationship, but that might be due to the immaturity of my own 14-year old.

Aug 24, 2016

Heartbreaking and beautiful

Aug 01, 2016

Even though this was a short and fast read, the characters voices were so emotional and felt real. This is a enjoyable heart-breaking book that I would definitely recommend to a friend.

Jul 11, 2016

I loved this book. It made me sad, hopeful, angry, happy. Josephs' story is like no other. I was hooked from beginning to end. I would definitely recommend this to a friend.

CMLReads_Kristin Jul 05, 2016

This gritty, short, and SAD book is perfect for thinking about the assumptions we make about kids who have been labelled as "bad"...and breaking down those walls to give opportunities for redemption. Lovely.

Jul 03, 2016

I loved this book because it was in the perspective of Jack, one of the main characters. One day, this boy named Joseph shows up at Jacks door. The interesting thing is, that Joseph has almost killed a teacher, when to Stone Mountain jail, and he has a daughter named Jupiter. And Joseph is only 14.

Overall, this book is so intriguing and a great overcoming obstacles story! And also how to learn to deal with people that are the complete opposite of you; and, how to have fun!

Jun 17, 2016

Orbiting Jupiter was recommended to me by my school librarian and it was nothing like I'd expected. It was simply written but very powerful. Schmidt wrote the book so well it really allowed me to experience it from Jack's perspective. I loved this heartwarming story about family and their love for each other no matter what. I would read it again in a heartbeat.

Jun 16, 2016

Orbiting Jupiter is a heartwarming story, a bittersweet, emotional tale about unconditional love and acceptance. I smiled, laughed, and cried. The author did an amazing job on making the characters feel real. This book will open both your mind and your heart.

Jan 14, 2016

Awesome!!! Fair warning: It is a bittersweet story about family, unconditional love, and the whole circle of life thing. I cried, I laughed. I'll read it again--Schmidt's nailed another one (Wednesday Wars author).

Jan 08, 2016

Hard to write a review about this one because it's such an emotional book and I fell in love with the protagonists. I'll have to give this one a lot more thought. Much crying throughout, so if you don't want to (or can't) get sad and feel another person's pain, skip this one for a while.

Jan 07, 2016

Orbiting Jupiter is narrated by Jack who is the foster brother of Joseph Brook. Joseph had become a father at age 13, and was forced to sign over his parental rights. He is determined to get back his daughter, Jupiter. There are moments of levity in the book as Joseph starts to adapt to life with his foster family. However, throughout most of the book it is clear that there a lot of things outside of Joseph’s control that will determine the course his life takes.

Jan 06, 2016

A short, sad YA story about friendship, love, and family. Written in a simple but effective style with memorable characters. Easy to read in one sitting.

LPL_GraceM Nov 11, 2015

Jack has a close and loving family. When Joseph, a boy his age, arrives to live in foster care, he learns that not everyone is as fortunate. Throughout Joseph’s stay Jack learns about his troubled past while at the same time becoming friends. Jack realizes that the world is not just black and white, that there are reasons for people’s seemingly poor actions. Orbiting Jupiter is the perfect book for a winter day, and makes you thankful for what you have.

Nov 01, 2015

This is one of those books that just swells your heart up with love, and then at the last moment throws it on the ground and stabs it with a knife.
I would recommend it to everyone.

kirstd31 Oct 30, 2015

I really enjoyed this book. The story was interesting, but the ending came really fast and the story was finished. Maybe a little more details were needed before the big conclusion.

Oct 25, 2015

this book was great It was very sad I am not usually bothered by sad endings but this one kind of annoyed me. It seemed just liked things where about to go right for Joseph then bang. Well i guess the very very end made up for it but still It got to me. kept it for being and almost perfect book.

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