Chasing Jupiter by Rachel Coker

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Scarlett Blaine’s life in 1960s Georgia isn’t always easy, especially given her parents’ financial struggles and the fights surrounding her sister Juli’s hippie lifestyle. Then there’s her brother, Cliff. While Scarlett loves him more than anything, there’s no denying his unique behavior leaves Cliff misunderstood and left out. So when he wishes for a rocket to Jupiter, Scarlett agrees to make it happen, no matter how crazy the idea might be.

Raising the rocket money means baking pies, and the farmer’s son, Frank, agrees to provide the peaches if Scarlett will help him talk to Juli. The problem is, Scarlett really enjoys her time with Frank, and finds herself wondering if, someday, they could be more than friends. Just as she thinks everything might be going her way, Cliff suffers an accident that not only affects the rocket plans, but shakes Scarlett’s view of God. As the summer comes to an end, Scarlett must find a way to regain what she’s lost, and also fulfill a promise to launch her brother’s dream.


About Rachel Coker

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Rachel Coker is a homeschool student who lives in Virginia with her parents and two sisters. She has a passion for great books and has been surrounded by them all her life. In fact, as a young child, Rachel helped her parents in a family-run Christian book business.  Her gift for writing became apparent at the age of eleven, at which time her parents signed her up for a year of lessons with a professional writing coach. When she is not writing or playing the piano, Rachel enjoys spending time with her family and friends.
Published December 25, 2012 by Zondervan. 224 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Religion & Spirituality, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Coker, a teen herself, too often lets her authorial voice intrude on Scarlett's narrative, creating attractive (and frequently redundant) sentences that ring false—"I enjoyed the warm, breezy air kissing my windblown cheeks"—and weakens the narrative by too-often resorting to telling rather than ...

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With a mature voice and descriptive ability that belies her 17 years, Coker (Interrupted) tells the story of Scarlett Blaine, the 16-year-old protagonist of this sweet love story centered on a family in late-1960s Georgia.

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With a long Summer of being nursemaid to her mentally not-always-there grandfather and babysitting Cliff, the idea of baking peach pies and selling them to raise money to make her brother a rocket to Jupiter strikes Scarlet as the perfect way to while away the hours.

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Between acting as caretaker for her senile grandfather and watching over her special needs brother, sixteen-year-old Scarlett Blaine rarely has time to live a life of her own.

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Gr 9 Up—In rural Georgia, in 1969, 16-year-old Scarlett Blaine is a people pleaser. She struggles to be the perfect family member and caregiver for her autistic younger brother, Cliff, and her mentally unbalanced grandfather. When Cliff sees Neil

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