Blog Tour! Review! Finding Orion by John David Anderson

Finding Orion
By John David Anderson
368 pages – ages 9+
Published by Walden Pond Press on May 7, 2019

Synopsis from Publisher-Sometimes you need to lose something in order to find yourself.
Beloved author John David Anderson returns with a heartwarming, heartbreaking and unforgettable story of the true power and limits of family.
Rion Kwirk comes from a rather odd family. His mother named him and his sisters after her favorite constellations, and his father makes funky-flavored jellybeans for a living. One sister acts as if she’s always on stage, and the other is a walking dictionary. But no one in the family is more odd than Rion’s grandfather, Papa Kwirk.
He’s the kind of guy who shows up on his motorcycle only on holidays handing out crossbows and stuffed squirrels as presents. Rion has always been fascinated by Papa Kwirk, especially as his son—Rion’s father—is the complete opposite. Where Dad is predictable, nerdy, and reassuringly boring, Papa Kwirk is mysterious, dangerous, and cool.
Which is why, when Rion and his family learn of Papa Kwirk’s death and pile into the car to attend his funeral and pay their respects, Rion can’t help but feel that that’s not the end of his story. That there’s so much more to Papa Kwirk to discover.
He doesn’t know how right he is.”

What I Thought- John David Anderson is a favorite author of mine – I haven’t read a book of his that I haven’t enjoyed. Finding Orion is no different. Anderson puts so much thought into crafting his story, the passion instilled within it is contagious, hooking the reader and making them unable to put the book down. There are a lot of thoughts and tidbits on life that come at the reader through the eyes of 12-year-old Orion – a perfect way to broach the topics. They are innocent and insightful, and altogether refreshing. Anderson blends the perfect amount of humor into his scenes, actually causing me to laugh out loud, often adding a new layer to the current moment. Orion and his family are such wonderful characters – each with a distinct personality, never feeling forced within the story.  Anderson is a great writer, leaving you with a warm feeling after you finish his book. I cannot wait to see what is coming next!

I give this book five out of five bookworms!

About the Author

John David Anderson is the author of some of the most beloved and highly acclaimed books for kids in recent memory, including the New York Times Notable Book Ms. Bixby’s Last Day, Posted, Granted, Sidekicked, and The Dungeoneers. A dedicated root beer connoisseur and chocolate fiend, he lives with his wonderful wife and two frawsome kids in Indianapolis, Indiana. He’s never eaten seven scoops of ice cream in a single sitting, but he thinks it sounds like a terrific idea. You can visit him online at

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Categories: Age 9+

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2 replies

  1. Great review Erik.

  2. Yes, great review, you make me want to read all this author’s books and share them with students. thanks for your terrific blog.

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