When Jack sat down with his parents and Mrs. Stroud, from the State of Maine * Department of Health and Human Services, he knew his parents wanted to foster a teenager named Joseph. What he didn’t know what just how much Joseph would impact them all.
Joseph, at 14, has already lived more than others have by the age of 80. He’s a father to a little girl that he’s never seen, named Jupiter, and comes from a troubling home situation. After being removed from his father’s custody Joseph was sent to a few homes and eventually a juvenile facility where things went from bad to worse, as in he tried to kill a teacher.
Jack’s parents know all of this, and they still want to offer a place for Joseph. What Jack doesn’t realize is how much he will end up wanting Joseph to stay as well. Even though people around him tell him Joseph is a bad example for him to follow, since he is two years younger than Joseph, Jack finds himself time and again believing in Joseph and his desire to find his little girl, Jupiter.
Orbiting Jupiter by Gary Schmidt will haunt you after you have read this book. Be ready to read this book in one sitting because once you start it you won’t want to put it down. While it is a quick read, it packs a poignant punch.
Recommended for mature 7th graders and up due to subject matter.