Finding Orion

By: John David Anderson

An unforgettable story of family, loss, and jelly beans, from the beloved author of Ms. Bixby’s Last Day and Posted.
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 jelly beans for a living. One sister acts as if she’s always onstage 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 since 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.
The beloved author of Ms. Bixby’s Last Day and Posted returns with an unforgettable tale of love and laughter; of fathers and sons; of what family truly means; and of the ways in which we sometimes need to lose something in order to find ourselves.

ISBN: 9780062643896

JLG Release: Sep 2019

Sensitive Areas: Mild language
Topics: Family life , Grandfathers , Death , Funerals , Jelly beans

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Book Details



First Release

September 2019



Dewey Classification


Trim Size

5 1/2" x 8 1/6"

Page Count


Accelerated Reader

Level 5.3; Points: 13;

Scholastic Reading Counts



Level 790L


Print Book


Hardcover edition


Walden Pond Press

Potentially Sensitive Areas

Mild language


Family life, Grandfathers, Death, Funerals, Jelly beans,

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