Orbiting Jupiter

Book review by Darienne Stewart, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 12+

Devastating, deeply moving story of love and resilience.

Parents say

age 13+

Based on 11 reviews

Kids say

age 12+

Based on 29 reviews

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age 12+

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age 12+

Stop Living Under a Rock

Those of you who are still living under a rock pretending these issues do not exist are truly doing more harm than good. This book includes several intense situations, but as a teacher in a very rural setting, I have seen these played out almost every single year I've been teaching. Teen pregnancy aside, the emotional trauma and abuse encountered by teens are not only common, they are borderline scary in frequency. We're ignoring these issues and, by ignoring them and hoping they go away, almost accommodating those people that continue to abuse their children/position/authority. I have been witness to two different children severely abused and suicidal from home lives and their cases have been ignored - our pleas for help for these children completely disregarded by those sworn to protect them. It's sickening and heartbreaking. That said, this novel is a moment of hope. It offers a dichotomy of tragedy and salvation on which many young adult novels fall short. The main character is a confused young person that struggles to come to terms with how he should handle these more mature topics and - by the way - teens his age do encounter these issues and struggle to cope with them as well.

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