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Orbiting Jupiter Audiobook

Orbiting Jupiter

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Publisher's Summary

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 Here Joseph, damaged and withdrawn, meets 12-year-old Jack, who narrates the account of the troubled, passionate teen who wants to find his baby at any cost.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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    M. 03-20-16
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    "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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    Marie E. Woznicki-Likavec 05-05-17
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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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Wrenn H. Nicodemo Chapel Hill, NC USA 07-06-17
    Wrenn H. Nicodemo Chapel Hill, NC USA 07-06-17 Member Since 2008
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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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    AB Charlotte, NC 07-05-17
    AB Charlotte, NC 07-05-17 Member Since 2017
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    "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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    Carissa Sherden 06-08-17 Member Since 2017
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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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    Amazon Customer 02-19-17 Member Since 2015
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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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    Peppermint Daisy Stafford, VA USA 02-15-17
    Peppermint Daisy Stafford, VA USA 02-15-17 Member Since 2016
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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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    M. Doyle Twin Cities, MN 02-03-17
    M. Doyle Twin Cities, MN 02-03-17 Member Since 2011
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    "Great and touching story"

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

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    Laura Marsh 01-20-17
    Laura Marsh 01-20-17 Member Since 2012
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    "Devastingly Beautiful"

    Orbiting Jupiter is like nothing I've ever read before. The author writes in such a way that you find yourself mesmerized, flowing along with the story like on a calm river. The characters are so relatable that you feel like you know them intimately, almost from the beginning of the book, yet Schmidt gives little to no background on them. You simply find you understand them based on their actions alone. Orbiting Jupiter is a quick read, but it will leave you feeling as though you've spent a lifetime with the characters in it. I highly, highly recommend it.

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    Angela M. Dokos Georgia 07-19-16
    Angela M. Dokos Georgia 07-19-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Heartbreaking but a beautiful story"

    I loved this story. I laughed. I cried. It really touched my heart. It will be a story that will stick with me.

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