Thursday, 7 January 2016

Orbiting Jupiter by Gary D. Schmidt




Sometimes you don't need pages and pages and pages to tell a story. Sometimes fewer words speak loudest of all. Orbiting Jupiter is one such story. It's a slight book told with a light touch but there is a weight to the emotional punch at the end.

When 14 year old Joseph joins Jack's family as a foster child he’s silent and aloof. He’s been removed from his father’s abusive home after almost killing a teacher. And he has a 3 month old daughter called Jupiter who he’s never met.

Jack befriends Joseph and he slowly thaws and warms to life on the farm, milking the cows and opening up to his new family about his past.  His history is devastating but we see the power of friendship in this book, how sympathy and human connection can transform someone.

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