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Schmidt, Gary.
New York : Clarion Books, 2015

(3 booktalks)

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Booktalk #1

Jackie is 12 years old and living a relatively normal life.  Until his family is joined by 14 year old Joseph --  a foster kid who has issues.  He has been in juvie and now his case worker wants him to experience family life.  Joseph is pretty quiet and not open to anyone.  As the days go by, Jack sees Joseph coming out of his shell and learning to trust again.  But Joseph has one goal in mind.  He needs to find his baby daughter.  Yes, that's right.  He is only 14 but he has a baby out there somewhere that he wants to raise.  Could that even be possible?  How could a 14 year old raise a baby?

Booktalk #2

Jack knows three things about Joseph, a 14-year-old boy who is being placed as a foster child in his home:  1) he almost killed a teacher, 2) he has spent time in a juvenile detention center, and 3) Joseph has a daughter.  Armed with just this knowledge, Jack decides to befriend Joseph, helping him navigate the pitfalls of being a new kid in middle school, living on a working farm, and learning to trust other people.  In addition, Jack assists in Joseph’s search for his daughter.  Together, they learn that family can be more than blood, that while trusting others is challenging, it is worth it in the end, and that often the past is difficult to overcome.  Orbiting Jupiter by Gary D. Schmidt is a powerfully intense story of love and redemption that will stay with you long after you finish reading it.  (Oklahoma Intermediate Sequoyah Award, 2018)

Booktalk #3

Trying to escape his past, Joseph is trying to find his future. Can Jack and his family help Joseph find a home on their family farm? Will Joseph find the one thing from his past that he is looking for? (Connecticut Nutmeg Book Award nominee, 2018)

SUBJECTS:    Child abuse -- Fiction.
                        Emotional problems -- Fiction.
                        Foster home care -- Fiction.
                        Friendship -- Fiction.
                        Teenage fathers -- Fiction.

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