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Orbiting Jupiter by Gary D. Schmidt
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it was amazing
bookshelves: audiobooks, five-star-reads

“He really could have been any other eighth-grade kid at Eastham Middle School. Except he had a daughter.”

Orbiting Jupiter is a short, powerful book about a boy named Jack whose life changes when his parents took in a foster child, Joseph, for the first time since he was born. Before his foster brother arrives, a social worker comes to talk to him and his parents and informs them of three things: Joseph tried to kill a teacher, Joseph has been incarcerated and is coming to them from a juvenile detention center, and Joseph has a four month old daughter named Jupiter.

Jack has to welcome this seemingly disturbed boy into his life, but he quickly finds that while the boy does fall into trouble often, its not his fault. He also finds that Joseph only has one true ambition, to find Jupiter and take care of her. The situation regarding Jupiter's adoption gets more complicated when Joseph's abusive father gets involved.

This book is short and simple, nothing is too complex about it. The characters other than Joseph do not develop that much, but the overwhelming message and its power make all of that forgettable.
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Reading Progress

June 2, 2018 – Started Reading
June 2, 2018 – Shelved
June 2, 2018 – Finished Reading
August 15, 2018 – Shelved as: audiobooks
February 16, 2019 – Shelved as: five-star-reads

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