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Orbiting Jupiter

Orbiting Jupiter

Schmidt, Gary D., author

A heartbreaking story, narrated by twelve-year-old Jack, whose family is caring for fourteen-year-old Joseph. Joseph is misunderstood. He was incarcerated for trying to kill a teacher. Or so the rumours say. But Jack and his family see something others in town don't want to. What's more, Joseph has a daughter he's never seen. The two boys go on a journey through the bitter Maine winter to help Joseph find his baby - no matter the cost

Hardback, Book. English. Fiction 13+. Teenage Fiction. General. Young adult fiction.
Published London: Andersen Press, 2016
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Statement of responsibility: Gary D. Schmidt
ISBN: 1783443944, 9781783443949
Intended audience: Adolescent.
Physical Description: 182 pages ; 20 cm
Subject: Maine Fiction.

Author note

Gary D. Schmidt is an American children's writer of nonfiction books and young adult novels, including two Newbery Honor books and one Printz Honor award. He lives on a farm in Michigan and has six children. He is a Professor of English at Calvin College.


"Schmidt provokes tears, despite his underplayed prose, with a tone and directness reminiscent of John Steinbeck."
Sunday Times||"Schmidt writes with an elegant simplicity in this paean to the power of love"
Kirkus, starred review||"A YA novella about love and friendship and loyalty... be prepared to be moved"
Telegraph, The best young adult books of 2016||"A powerful story about second chances."
Publishers Weekly, starred review||"In his welcome style of brief beautiful breaths, Gary Schmidt has crafted another moving story"