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Orbiting Jupiter

Narrated by: Christopher Gebauer
Length: 3 hrs and 19 mins
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The two-time Newbery Honor winner Gary D. Schmidt delivers the shattering story of Joseph, a father at 13, who has never seen his daughter, Jupiter. After spending time in a juvenile facility, he's placed with a foster family on a farm in rural Maine. Here Joseph, damaged and withdrawn, meets 12-year-old Jack, who narrates the account of the troubled, passionate teen who wants to find his baby at any cost. In this riveting novel, two boys discover the true meaning of family and the sacrifices it requires.

©2015 Gary D. Schmidt (P)2015 Recorded Books

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  • Marie E. Woznicki-Likavec
  • 05-05-17

Hold your heart

Can't say this is a happy story, but it definitely hit me right in the heart. One of those books that makes me wish I were the characters. The performance is spot on.

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  • M.
  • 20-03-16

Crushingly beautiful

Among other things, I am an 8th grade teacher and former foster parent. This book is devastatingly realistic; I felt gutted at the end; wrenched by feelings in the way that only a master storyteller can evoke. I wish every student (and every adult) could read this book and understand that Joseph is sitting in our classroom every day.

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  • Brandi Roysden
  • 23-06-19

wow

Amazing plot. I could do so much with this with my 6th graders, but not sure that the parents would approve of the story line. :(

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  • Valerie Johnson
  • 20-05-19

Well...

This book was great but had a tough ending. I think this story is a good fit for upper middle school.

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  • Brad Manning
  • 30-04-19

Really good story

A teenaged patient recommended this book to me. I'm grateful. I recommend it now to teenagers (who seem ready for it) and particularly to people who work with foster kids.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-02-19

I love this book

This is a great book about adventure, drama, and action. I love this book and it shows how Joseph cares abou this girl he met and always came to her house, he loves her then one day the cps tolled him he can’t see her anymore. He had her baby and she named it Jupiter because the was there both favorite planet.

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  • Brba
  • 01-11-18

Beautiful

Simply beautiful. There is no one who doesn’t deserve love. Wonderful inspiring characters. Narration was perfect.

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  • Latinas
  • 09-09-18

loved the book

I loved this book once I began to read it I could not stop it really is a happy and sad story

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  • Anonymous User
  • 30-05-18

Touching story, I was stocked by the ending. Great narrator. A good read,not too
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  • nikki
  • 11-04-18

Another look at coming of age

What did you love best about Orbiting Jupiter?

I liked that it approached the coming of age story from a different approach. It isn't the stereotypical coming of age perspective. You have a kid who comes from foster care, who has had a real conflict, who has to navigate teen life alongside conflicting and difficult emotions. I appreciated that it was a story a different demographic of kids can relate to.

Which scene was your favorite?

I wouldn't say a scene in particular moved me as much as the relationship and bond formed between the two boys. I didn't expect that.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The end, which I won't spoil!