The two-time Newbery Honor winner Gary D. Schmidt delivers the shattering story of Joseph, a father at 13, 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 Here Joseph, damaged and withdrawn, meets 12-year-old Jack, who narrates the account of the troubled, passionate teen who wants to find his baby at any cost.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.
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The story of a 13 year old foster boy, Joseph, narrated by his foster brother, Jack.
Joseph has a few month old daughter named Jupiter. Joseph is in foster care due to having the child with Madeleine, the 13 year old daughter of a lawyer and partially due to having an abusive father. The abuse is not spoken about other than referenced in the way Joseph reacts to others. He's looked at as a "trouble kid" by most, but not all, of the adults mentioned.
This story deals with Joseph's motivation to see his daughter and the change that happens within himself throughout the almost year spent with Jack's family
H-ll is said twice. Some bullying, a fight (3 on1), an almost suicide attempt by Joseph trying to break through the ice of a river, the eventual death of Joseph.
I loved this story. I laughed. I cried. It really touched my heart. It will be a story that will stick with me.
Among other things, I am an 8th grade teacher and former foster parent. This book is devastatingly realistic; I felt gutted at the end; wrenched by feelings in the way that only a master storyteller can evoke. I wish every student (and every adult) could read this book and understand that Joseph is sitting in our classroom every day.
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