Interest LevelReading LevelReading A-ZATOSWord Count
Grades 6 - 8Grades 3 - 5n/a4.427112
The two-time Newbery Honor winner Gary D. Schmidt delivers the shattering story of Joseph, a father at thirteen, 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 Here Joseph, damaged and withdrawn, meets twelve-year-old Jack, who narrates the account of the troubled, passionate teen who wants to find his baby at any cost.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.
Hardcover, 192 pages
Published on October 6, 2015 by Clarion Books
ISBN-10: 054446222X
ISBN-13: 9780544462229
4 Book Reviews
  • Taylor Miller about 4 years
    This was not one of the best books I have read. It was really slow and it never left me wanting to read more. I could always predict what was going to happen.
    • boredom12
      boredom12almost 5 years55 stars
      I would recommend this book with a 5/5 because it is very interesting in the process of finding Jupiter. You always wonder if she is going to be found or not. The end is such a thrill as well!
      • darkswan
        darkswanalmost 5 years44 stars
        This book is amazing, I've never read anything like. No joke it made me cry. Think that this book is super intense and it is a good read for kids in grade 6-12. The author Gary D. Schmidt has made really relatable characters and has made them in such a vulnerable way you can help but to feel close to them.
        • nikolag
          nikolagover 6 years44 stars
          The book Orbiting Jupiter by Gary D. Schmidt was the best realistic fiction book you could ever choose to read! When I read the first few chapters of the book I was already heartfelt. It made me want to continue to read to the end. I truly fell in love with this book. If I were to rate this book from one to ten I would definitely give it a ten. In my opinion this book was a great book to sit down with and enjoy. The reason is because it made me feel I was in the actual story. who finally meets his new foster brother named Joseph. Jack already knows three things about Joseph. Joseph almost killed a teacher. He was incarcerated at a place called Stone Mountain. Joseph has a daughter named Jupiter. Even though Joseph is a scary and dangerous fourteen year old he tries to find his daughter that he has never even seen. Joseph and Jupiter were separated, and Joseph was only able to see her once. It's pretty sad to think if Jupiter was your daughter and you only saw her once in your life. You wouldn't feel great. I think an audience that loves sad books and a little of suspense would love the book Orbiting Jupiter. The story itself was a roller coaster ride. The story starts out with a young and shy twelve year old, who is the main character, who finally meets his new foster brother named Joseph. Jack already knows three things about Joseph. Joseph almost killed a teacher. He was incarcerated at a place called Stone Mountain. Joseph has a daughter named Jupiter. Even though Joseph is a scary and dangerous fourteen year old he tries to find his daughter that he has never even seen. Joseph and Jupiter were separated, and Joseph was only able to see her once. It's pretty sad to think if Jupiter was your daughter and you only saw her once in your life. You wouldn't feel great. I think an audience that loves sad books and a little of suspense would love the book Orbiting Jupiter.