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Reviewed in the United States on June 5, 2016
Gary D. Schmidt is able to capture the nuances of life so perfectly in just a few words. In Orbiting Jupiter he shares the heartbreak, the joys, and the personalities of humanity. More than anything, I read his books because they make me feel alive. For a brief time the successes, or setbacks, of Jack and his foster brother Joseph-- are mine.
In every one of his books we find characters that we can relate to. Characters we despise and characters that are the heroes of this crazy world. Jack, even though he's only in the 6th grade, is someone I can look up to as he tries his best to do what he feels to be right and to unconditionally provide the support and "have Joseph's back" as Joseph tries to overcome the problems that life has beset him with and find his (Joseph's) daughter-- Jupiter.
This book has both sad and happy moments, and while the overall tone might be considered by many to be dark I think the challenge is to find the happy things-- come what may.
I would highly recommend this book to almost anyone. It's content, although certainty not graphic, alludes to very real problems that might be disturbing to very young readers (e.g., younger than 12) but I definitely think that it's worth the time it takes to read/listen to it.
I don't want to leave any spoilers so this review is pretty much done.