Orbiting Jupiter

Orbiting Jupiter

Book - 2015
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Jack, 12, tells the gripping story of Joseph, 14, who joins his family as a foster child. Damaged in prison, Joseph wants nothing more than to find his baby daughter, Jupiter, whom he has never seen. When Joseph has begun to believe he'll have a future, he is confronted by demons from his past that force a tragic sacrifice.
Publisher: Boston : Clarion Books, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2015
ISBN: 9780544462229
054446222X
Characteristics: 183 p. ; 22 cm

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heidielise
Aug 15, 2017

This is honestly one of my favourite books of all time. It is beautifully written and really captures heartbreak perfectly. Orbiting Jupiter really affected me emotionally. At certain parts I was smiling, different parts angry, crying and then bittersweetly happy. This book is incredible and I highly reccomend it.

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alexmel
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.

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maggiegouker
Aug 24, 2016

Heartbreaking and beautiful

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xzoelhx
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.

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avao418
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.

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sophiahart3
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!

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spl_merley Jan 11, 2017

spl_merley thinks this title is suitable for 11 years and over

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Oct 11, 2016

bobbobbereebob thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

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