Planet Jupiter

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Price
$16.99  $15.80
Publisher
Greenwillow Books
Publish Date
Pages
288
Dimensions
5.4 X 8.3 X 1.1 inches | 0.7 pounds
Language
English
Type
Hardcover
EAN/UPC
9780060564865

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About the Author
Jane Kurtz was born in Portland, Oregon, but spent most of her childhood in Ethiopia. Jane speaks about being an author at schools and conferences and helped start Ethiopia Reads (EthiopiaReads.org), a nonprofit that has opened the first libraries for children in Ethiopia. She is the author of many books for children, including What Do They Do with All that Poo?, illustrated by Allison Black; Do Kangaroos Wear Seat Belts?, illustrated by Jane Manning; Anna Was Here; Clara the Triumphant Rhinoceros, illustrated by Claire Messer; and the American Girl book Lanie.
Reviews

"United in their determination to leave Portland, [Jupiter and Edom] hatch plans to earn money for bus tickets even as, despite themselves, they put down tentative roots...The vivid characters and fascinating urban village they inhabit . . . hold readers' interest throughout. A solid middle-grade family story." -- Kirkus Reviews

"Playful yet introspective...Kurtz subtly conveys the girls' underlying fears of abandonment, as well as the idiosyncratic but determined efforts of Jupiter's mother and her friend Topher to provide a "forever family" for the children. A host of quirky and appealing characters rounds out this engaging, empathetic story." -- Publishers Weekly

"Fifth-grader Jupiter and her family are free spirits...Jupiter has a fresh voice that extols being unburdened, even as the story shows her that sometimes adding is better than subtracting." -- Booklist

"An offbeat look at an appealingly unorthodox lifestyle, and kids may find Jupiter diverting company." -- Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books