Orbiting Jupiter

Paperback / softback

Main Details

Title Orbiting Jupiter
Authors and Contributors      By (author)   Gary D. Schmidt
Physical Properties
Format:Paperback / softback
Dimensions(mm): Height 198,Width 129
CategoriesGeneral fiction
Romance and relationships stories
Family and home stories
School stories
Bullying, Violence and Abuse
Death and Bereavement
ISBN 9781783445042
Teenage / Young Adult

Publishing Details

Publisher Andersen Press Ltd
Imprint Andersen Press Ltd
Publication Date 2 March 2017
NZ Release Date 2 March 2017
Publication Country United Kingdom


Longlisted for the Carnegie Medal. A heartbreaking story, narrated by twelve-year-old Jack, whose family is caring for fourteen-year-old Joseph. Joseph is misunderstood. He was incarcerated for trying to kill a teacher. Or so the rumours say. But Jack and his family see something others in town don't want to. What's more, Joseph has a daughter he's never seen. The two boys go on a journey through the bitter Maine winter to help Joseph find his baby - no matter the cost.

Author Biography

Gary D. Schmidt is an American children's writer of nonfiction books and young adult novels, including two Newbery Honor books and one Printz Honor award. He lives on a farm in Michigan and has six children. He is a Professor of English at Calvin College.


"One of the most beautiful books I have ever read" -- Jennifer Niven, author of All the Bright Places "Schmidt provokes tears, despite his underplayed prose, with a tone and directness reminiscent of John Steinbeck." -- Nicolette Jones * Sunday Times, Children's Book of the Week * "A deeply affecting story of love and loss that sympathetically reflects the intensity of adolescence." -- Julia Eccleshare * Guardian * "Schmidt writes with an elegant simplicity in this paean to the power of love" * Kirkus, starred review * "A YA novella about love and friendship and loyalty... be prepared to be moved" -- Martin Chilton * Telegraph, The best young adult books of 2016 *