Hardbacks with Harwood: Orbiting Jupiter

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Hardbacks with Harwood: Orbiting Jupiter

Orbiting Jupiter is a great book to read! This book was published in 2015.

Orbiting Jupiter is a great book to read! This book was published in 2015.

Jane Harwood

Orbiting Jupiter is a great book to read! This book was published in 2015.

Jane Harwood

Jane Harwood

Orbiting Jupiter is a great book to read! This book was published in 2015.

Jane Harwood

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This month I read the book Orbiting Jupiter by Gary D. Schmidt. I really liked this book and how it showed lots of emotion. Orbiting Jupiter is about how Jack, a sixth grader has a new fourteen year old foster brother, Joseph. The book is mostly about how the two boys begin to have a close brotherly relationship despite their many differences. I definitely recommend this book for all to read!

There are multiple characters in this book and they all show the same or different emotions toward each other and situations in the book. The two main characters that are mentioned on every page are Jack and Joseph. Jack is a sixth grader who tries to do his best in school and tries not to draw too much attention to himself. Joseph is a eighth grader who has made many mistakes in his life already including having a daughter. Joseph likes to put himself out their and isn’t really afraid of anyone except his dad. Although Joseph is bit different than other kids he does know his place. Joseph also has a lot to hide from people but throughout the book you find out about all of Joseph’s secrets and flaws. Two other characters are Jack’s parents. They are very welcoming to Joseph and makes sure he is happy and comfortable most of the time. They protect Joseph from the vice principal who is always out to get Joseph and is protective of Jack so he doesn’t get harmed. There are so many other character that pop in and out of the book like the school’s vice principal, two of the boys teachers, and Mrs. Stroud. I really liked how the characters all showed emotions and were very different and very similar to each other.

The plot of this book was very good and flowed very nicely. I only had to turn back a page once to really understand what was going on. You do really have to read this book all the way through to understand what happens. The author did a great job of writing the situations out and really painting a picture in your head of what’s going on.

I recommend this book to all middle schoolers and probably fifth graders. It was definitely a short read. It didn’t take me a long time to read. I think if you decide to read Orbiting Jupiter you’ll enjoy it.

Jane Harwood, Student Life Writer

Jane Harwood is a 7th grader at Trailside middle school. Jane is involved in Trailside Times and  Loudoun County League Field Hockey. Some of her hobbies...

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