22 January 2016

Review: Orbiting Jupiter

Orbiting Jupiter by Gary D. Schmidt 

Publication Date: October 6, 2015
Publisher: Clarion Books

ORBITING JUPITER is a thoughtfully written, compelling realistic fiction novel with emphasis on familial love. Protagonist Jack describes the changes to his life as his family adopts Joseph, a 14-year old previously imprisoned for almost killing a teacher. But Jack learns that people are not always what they seem. He slowly gets the quiet and reserved Joseph to open up about his secrets. Joseph is determined to find his daughter, Jupiter, whom he has never seen. Jack joins in the search, and together the two boys encounter many characters determined to keep Joseph from his goal. Although the plot at times is far fetched, the characters are completely believable because of the author’s authentic voice.  Throughout the plot, complex minor characters come in to play, making the story unpredictable and entertaining. While this is not exactly a fast paced read, it is very well written realistic fiction with enough dramatic moments to keep the reader engaged. 

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