Orbiting Jupiter by Gary D. Schmidt

Every now and then I give a book in the Young Adult genre a go. Gary Schmidt is a no-nonsense author, who gets right to the heart of the matter. No stuff. No fluff. I like his style!

In Orbiting Jupiter, Schmidt tells the heart wrenching story of thirteen-year-old Joseph. Joseph is truly old before his time. At his young age, he has experienced more tragedy and heartbreak than most adults. The thing he wants most is to find his baby daughter, Jupiter.

After spending time in a group home, Joseph goes to live with 12-year-old Jack Hurd and his family. He is a boy that many of us would write off as a lost cause, but under the watchful eyes of the Hurd family, Joseph begins to trust. He slowly bonds with Jack and learns what it means to have someone’s back and to have a family looking out for him. I don’t want to give anything away. So much happens in less than 200 pages. I will tell you to brace yourself for the bittersweet ending.

~ Leslie M.