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 Here Joseph, damaged and withdrawn, meets twelve-year-old Jack, who narrates the account of the troubled, passionate teen who wants to find his baby at any cost.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