Award-winning, best-selling author Gary D. Schmidt is back with a new YA novel Orbiting Jupiter, and it’s pretty incredible.
Already the recipient of four starred reviews (and selected as an Entertainment Weekly and Indie Next List fall pick), Orbiting Jupiter tells the story of Joseph, a father at the age of thirteen.
Joseph 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. Damaged and withdrawn, Joseph meets twelve-year-old Jack, who tries to help Joseph win his daughter back.
And in more exciting news, iBooks has recently selected this title as one of their “25 Best Books of October”! See details here.
For more about Orbiting Jupiter and other Schmidt books, watch the video below, and visit his website.
Praise for Orbiting Jupiter:
* “A powerful story about second chances, all the more devastating because not everyone gets one.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review
* “The matter-of-fact narrative voice ensures that the tragic plot never overhwlms this wrenching tale of growth and loss.” —School Library Journal, starred review
* “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 ending is bittersweet but as satisfying as a two-box-of-tissues tearjerker can possibly be (in the realm of juvenile fiction, Schmidt is the master of the emotional gut-punch).” —Horn Book