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Orbiting Jupiter

Title

Orbiting Jupiter

Authors

Gary D. Schmidt

Publisher

Clarion Books

Publication Year

2015

ISBN

9780544938397

Pages

192 pages

Genre

realism

Format

novel

Item Type

Fiction

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

Topic

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

Main Character

boy

Race/Ethnicities

White

Family Formation

mother and father

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

Diversity Impact

direct

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