Orbiting Jupiter by Gary D. Schmidt

Jack’s family agrees to foster Joseph, a young man who is being released from a detention facility. At the age of 14, Joseph is already a father. By all appearances, he is already well on his way to becoming a hardened criminal. His young life becomes even more complicated with the unexpected arrival of his abusive father.

Jack and his parents see Joseph for who he really is—a hurting young man with a large capacity for love and family. Can they help him see that in himself? As we have come to expect, Schmidt tellsJoseph's difficult story with warmth, humor, and an unflinching capacity for telling the truth. Ages 12 and up.

About the Author

Kathryn Hoffman is getting greener every day, and she is a member of Neland Ave CRC in Grand Rapids, Mich.