The two-time Newbery Honor winner Gary D. Schmidt delivers the shattering story of Joseph, a father at thirteen, who has never seen his daughter, Jupiter. After spending time in a juvenile facility, he's placed with a foster family on a farm in rural Maine. Here Joseph, damaged and withdrawn, meets twelve-year-old Jack, who narrates the account of the troubled, passionate teen who wants to find his baby at any cost. In this riveting novel, two boys discover the true meaning of family and the sacrifices it requires.
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by Gary D. Schmidt
by Mo O'Hara
by Mick Cochrane
by Jack D. Ferraiolo
by Lauren Castillo
by Bob Shea
"Schmidt's sparse writing sings with rhythms and repetitions that soften this story's difficult subject matter. Narrator Christopher Gebauer maximizes the author's lyrical style as his pacing and pauses enhance the story's poignancy. In the voice of Gebauer, 12-year-old Jack's first-person narrative is filled with wonder as his innocence is sometimes sparked and sometimes strained by the arrival of his 14-year-old foster brother, Joseph. Gebauer emphasizes Joseph's clipped speech, depicting the defensiveness that shields his vulnerability. The portrayals of Jack's parents dramatize their belief in Joseph, who has been abused by his father, suffered the death of the one girl who loved him, and faced the cruelties of a social system that has failed him dismally. This audiobook is short in length, long on heartbreak. S.W. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award © AudioFile 2015, Portland, Maine"
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