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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 Here Joseph, damaged and withdrawn, meets 12-year-old Jack, who narrates the account of the troubled, passionate teen who wants to find his baby at any cost.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.

©2015 Gary D. Schmidt (P)2015 Recorded Books

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  • 03-20-16

Crushingly beautiful

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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Hold your heart

Can't say this is a happy story, but it definitely hit me right in the heart. One of those books that makes me wish I were the characters. The performance is spot on.

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Amazing

This book was amazing.....loved it so much it's such a good book that u can really get into and wish their was a series to go with this book

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enjoyed the listen!

Enjoyed the listen, I highly recommend.
Favorite line in the book, "I have his back".

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Don't miss this one!

Everything about this book is excellent from the writing to the narrating. But prepare to have your heart ripped out.

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  • 07-05-17

IT WAS SO GOOD

I loved the reader and the book it was just completely and utterly amazing just really sad

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Beautiful

Heartbreakingly beautiful
For such a short story it grasped me right away and i loved every moment of it.

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Where fear and pain turns to friendship and love

I could not put the book down! The narrator, Christopher Gebauer read with such emotion as he unfolded the story around Jack and Joseph. I felt I was there with the teenager, in their classroom, in the barn and walking home in the below zero degree weather. I was moved by the characters and by the 'voice' the narrator gave them. Loved it!

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Foster parents are angels from God!

This story touched my heart in so many ways. I am a foster parent. The story is well written and easy to follow. Main characters Jack and Joseph bond easily as you hope foster brothers will. The last chapter is unexpected and I had to read it twice just to make sure!

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Great and touching story

Wonderful characters, powerful story. Very, very touching. Narrator is excellent. I strongly recommend this book.