Orbiting Jupiter recounts a relationship between a foster family running an organic dairy farm in Maine and their charge, a troubled early teen boy named Joseph. The writing is gorgeous, a spare and elegant style that left me breathless. The story line is so unusual and original and the characters so unforgettable, I would categorize this slim volume as one of my absolute favorites this year. As the relationship develops between the foster family and Joseph, the reader examines the complexity of the transformative power of love. I liked this book so much that I read it aloud to my husband on a long car trip, both of us laughing and alternately weeping.— From Holiday Picks 2015
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"The ending is bittersweet but as satisfying as a two-box-of-tissues tearjerker can possibly be (in the realm of juvenile fiction, Schmidt is the master of the emotional gut-punch)."
"Schmidt writes with an elegant simplicity in this paean to the power of love...Readers will not soon forget either Joseph Brook or this spare novel written with love and grace."
—Kirkus, starred review
* "Told in Jack's spare, direct first-person voice, this story's style demonstrates the beautify of simplicity as it delineates the lives of its characters, each as superbly realized as the tumultuous New England setting."
—Booklist, starred review
* "The matter-of-fact narrative voice ensures that the tragic plot never overhwlms this wrenching tale of growth and loss."
—School Library Journal, starred review
* "A powerful story about second chances, all the more devastating because not everyone gets one."
—Publishers Weekly, starred review