Orbiting Jupiter

Orbiting Jupiter

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Orbiting Jupiter is a book by Gary Schmidt that tells the story of the young father Joseph. He is only thirteen but he is already in a juvenile facility. When his time came to be fostered, he will do everything to find his daughter. 
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What the community says about Orbiting Jupiter

  • Antonia Madrigal
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "I bought this book for my teenage daughter for her school book report. Orbiting Jupiter is beautifully written by Gary Schmidt. A heartwarming story that is suitable for teens to read and understand. A good transition from reading elementary level books to moving onto teen books. "
  • Michael Moore
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "This is a story about the connection between a father and his child, when in fact the father is nothing but a child himself. It was a truly touching and at times heart-wrenching story, while successfully maintaining a wry humor and a steady-paced plot of discovery, discouragement, and triumph."
  • Cheshta Rao
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "My teen picked out this book, and I was hesitant to let her read it, as I looked up the content and it seemed to be quite intense. I decided to let her read it, as it does contain real content. After she was finished, we discussed the things in the book. Although it was somewhat sad, she said that she enjoyed it, and I appreciated the lesson, and opportunity to discuss some difficult topics with her."
  • James Ryan
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "A little disturbing. The father is only 13. I understand his plight but it was hard to get used to. Well-written though."
  • Marilyn Guerrero
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "Wow this book interesting. I didn't like the plot of this story at first but then as I was reading it I realized that there are teens that are fathers now. I started to visualize the hardship at such a young age and couldn't put the book down."
  • José Juan Ayala
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "How does this relate to teenage girls? The only thing even remote about it is that there is a daughter in the story."
  • Lauren Edwards
    Written on April 12, 2018
    "I love novels for young teenagers. My favorite right now is Orbiting Jupiter. It's a great book by Gary Schmidt. It tells the story of a young father named Joseph who is only 13. He is trying to find his daughter. It's a really fascinating and heartwarming book. I highly recommend this to all teens out there. You'll really love it."
  • Debra Wilson
    Written on April 15, 2018
    "This was a really interesting read. It is definitely aimed at teenagers, but I'm not entirely sure about the subject matter being appropriate. I don't want to encourage my children to have babies at a young age by looking up to the protagonist here."
  • Lawrence Lewis
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "This is a deeply moving book about a very damaged yet sympathetic kid. I didn't relate to any of his life experiences, but I was drawn to his plight. This book is a peek inside the world of a teenager type very few of us will ever really meet. It i s short and easy to red, which just makes the punches land harder. "
  • Harold Carpenter
    Written on April 15, 2018
    "I am in my 20s but still like to read teen books sometimes. I picked up a copy of Orbiting Jupiter. It was a sad read for me but it was really well written and interesting. I am glad I read it even though it made me sad."
  • Ethan Perry
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "This is a very emotional story about a young father trying to find his daughter. It was very compelling band and I enjoyed reading it very much. It's about an issue that teen books rarely address."
  • Amber Jiang
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "Orbiting Jupiter is a very powerful book, and it is one that teen boys could learn a good deal from. I'm not sure it can really be considered one of the best, but it's a worthy read."
  • Cheryl Nguyen
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "This is an interesting book because it's about fatherhood but the father is basically a kid, which is a weird situation to be in. The book is complex and fascinating, and I would recommend it to anyone wanting to think a little deeper. "
    Olivia Grant
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "Not sure I like the idea of a book about a teen father catering to teens but I guess the book could possibly teach teens a lesson about how hard it is to be a parent so young"

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