Review: Orbiting Jupiter by Gary D. Schmidt 

This book did not fit any of my challenge criteria.


When Jack meets his new foster brother, he already knows three things about him:

Joseph almost killed a teacher.

He was incarcerated at a place called Stone Mountain.

He has a daughter. Her name is Jupiter. And he has never seen her.

What Jack doesn’t know, at first, is how desperate Joseph is to find his baby girl.

Or how urgently he, Jack, will want to help.

But the past can’t be shaken off. Even as new bonds form, old wounds reopen. The search for Jupiter demands more from Jack than he can imagine.

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What I liked:

This is a very short, but very impactful, story. The message behind it is incredibly powerful, and there is a real tear jerker ending involved. I’ve got a feeling that after the action of this book, Jackson isn’t going to mind so much being called Jackie.

Some of this book really is a puzzle. Does the story about a dog, told earlier on in the book, foretell things to come? Is Madeleine really dead, or are her parents trying to keep Joseph from seeing his baby girl? I spent quite a lot of time wondering things in this book.

What I didn’t like:

It is a little unnerving hearing about a 13 year old’s sexual activities.

Out of five?

Four. Even I welled up at the end of this book. Make sure you have it on your TBR.


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