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Orbiting Jupiter

Title

Orbiting Jupiter

Authors

Gary D. Schmidt

Publisher

Clarion Books

Pages

192 pages

Publication Year

2015

ISBN

9780544938397

Genre

realism

Topic

Family Relationships; Foster care; Adoption; Incarceration; foster child; foster family; foster sibling; child in prison

Annotation

Jack, 12, tells the gripping story of Joseph, 14, who joins his family as a foster child. Damaged in prison, Joseph wants nothing more than to find his baby daughter, Jupiter, whom he has never seen. When Joseph has begun to believe he'll have a future, he is confronted by demons from his past that force a tragic sacrifice.

Grade Level

6-8

Family Formation

mother and father

Main Character

boy

Diversity Impact

direct

Race/Ethnicities

White

Awards

Best Children's Books of the Year, 2016 Choices, 2016 Globe 100 Guide to the Year's Best Book, 2015 Notable Books for a Global Society, 2016 Notable Children's Books, 2016 Publishers Weekly Best Children's Book, 2015 Golden Sower Award, 2017-2018; Nominee Rebecca Caudill Young Readers' Book Award, 2018; Nominee Soaring Eagle Book Award, 2017-2018; Nominee Truman Readers Award, 2017-2018; Nominee Carnegie Medal, 2017, Short List, Children's Book Cybils Awards, 2015, Nominee, Young Adult Fiction UKLA Children's Book Award, 2017, Long List, Ages (12-16)

Keywords

friendship; emotional problems; child abuse; teenage fathers; baby

Item Type

Fiction

Format

novel

Orbiting Jupiter

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