By: Gary D. Schmidt
Genre: Realistic Fiction
Length: 192 pages
Orbiting Jupiter is a story about a 14-year old boy named Joseph Brook who is taken in by a foster family after being convicted of assaulting his teacher at his previous school. Before his foster parents meet him, a social worker warns them that Joseph has a three month old daughter, Jupiter. This emotional story follows Jack Hurd as he observes Joseph adapting to his new life, still searching for Jupiter.
This book is a quick and easy read for anyone who might be a bit impatient when it comes to books. It is incredibly emotional and heartfelt, one that may leave you in tears. The story is almost like a series of moments and events within Joseph’s stay with the Hurds, each one revealing a little more about him and how the story truly unfolded beneath the disguise of a reckless kid.
Reviewed by Pallavi, 2023