Orbiting Jupiter by Gary D. Schmidt

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In this YA novel, Joseph is a 13 year old foster child who is placed on a farm belonging to 12 year old Jack and his family. Joseph, with a troubled past, fathered a child named Jupiter that he desperately wants to find, and stops at nothing to do so.

The War that Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

51YSs0SyzhL._SX329_BO1,204,203,200_This book wins my best book of the summer! Set during World War II, a brother and sister leave their abusive mother in London and head to the country to seek safety from the impending war. The siblings are placed with a woman who insists she doesn’t want them, but she ends up providing a home and love unlike they’ve ever known. All three characters grow in leaps and bounds and a happy ending wraps up a beautifully written story.