We are very pleased to welcome acclaimed, Grand Rapids young adult author Gary D. Schmidt to the store for the paperback release of his touching novel, Orbiting Jupiter! The novel earned starred reviews from School Library Journal, Publishers Weekly, Booklist and Kirkus Reviews, and was named an ALA Notable Book for Children in 2016 and cited in the YALSA 2017 Best Fiction for Young Adults list.
In Orbiting Jupiter, the two-time Newbery Honor winner and National Book Award finalist delivers the shattering story of Joseph, a father at thirteen, 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 Here Joseph, damaged and withdrawn, meets twelve-year-old Jack, who narrates the account of the troubled, passionate teen who wants to find his baby at any cost.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.
Praise for Orbiting Jupiter
"Schmidt writes with an elegant simplicity in this paean to the power of love...Readers will not soon forget either Joseph Brook or this spare novel written with love and grace."
—Kirkus, starred review
* "Told in Jack's spare, direct first-person voice, this story's style demonstrates the beautify of simplicity as it delineates the lives of its characters, each as superbly realized as the tumultuous New England setting."
—Booklist, starred review
* "The matter-of-fact narrative voice ensures that the tragic plot never overwhelms this wrenching tale of growth and loss."
—School Library Journal, starred review
* "A powerful story about second chances, all the more devastating because not everyone gets one."
—Publishers Weekly, starred review
About the Author
Gary Schmidt is a professor of English at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He received both a Newbery Honor and a Printz Honor for Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy and a Newbery Honor for The Wednesday Wars. He lives with his family on a 150-year-old farm in Alto, Michigan, where he splits wood, plants gardens, writes, and feeds the wild cats that drop by.