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Jasper Jones - Craig Silvey
Jasper Jones
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Late on a hot summer night in the tail-end of 1965, Charlie Bucktin, a precocious and bookish boy of thirteen, is startled by an urgent knock on the window of his sleep-out. His visitor is Jasper Jones, an outcast in the regional mining town of Corrigan. Rebellious, mixed-race and solitary,... show more
Late on a hot summer night in the tail-end of 1965, Charlie Bucktin, a precocious and bookish boy of thirteen, is startled by an urgent knock on the window of his sleep-out. His visitor is Jasper Jones, an outcast in the regional mining town of Corrigan. Rebellious, mixed-race and solitary, Jasper is a distant figure of danger and intrigue for Charlie. So when Jasper begs for his help, Charlie eagerly steals into the night by his side, terribly afraid but desperate to impress.

Jasper takes him through town and to his secret glade in the bush, and it's here that Charlie bears witness to Jasper's horrible discovery. With his secret like a brick in his belly, Charlie is pushed and pulled by a town closing in on itself in fear and suspicion as he locks horns with his tempestuous mother, falls nervously in love and battles to keep a lid on his zealous best friend, Jeffrey Lu.

And in vainly attempting to restore the parts that have been shaken loose, Charlie learns to discern the truth from the myth, and why white lies creep like a curse. In the simmering summer where everything changes, Charlie learns why the truth of things is so hard to know, and even harder to hold in his heart.
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9781760295929
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Pages no: 397
Edition language: English
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Murder by Death
Murder by Death rated it
4.0 Jasper Jones
A few months ago, I accidentally joined a book club (long story). The first book chosen was Jasper Jones by Craig Silvey. Immediately, at least a couple of objections sprung to my mind: 1. Australian fiction and I don't have a harmonious track record. 2. Generally, literary fiction is not my ja...
Crash My Book Party
Crash My Book Party rated it
5.0
When the cover of a book states it is "the Australian To Kill A Mockingbird" (The Monthly), you have to admit this is a pretty big call to make. It's enough to make you prick your ears up and make you doubt the book, all in the same breath. And while I usually dislike such comparisons, I have to agr...
Emerjas
Emerjas rated it
4.0 Jasper Jones
Jasper Jones is set in 1965 in Australia. 13 year old Charlie is surprised one night by a knock at his window. Jasper Jones, a mixed-race outcast in their town, has discovered the dead body of a girl and wants Charlie's help in finding out what happened. Faced with this horrible discovery, Charlie b...
Bettie's Books
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3.0 Jasper Jones by Craig Silvey
bookshelves: impac-longlist, paper-read, summer-2011, young-adult, washyourmouthout-language, racism, mystery-thriller, one-penny-wonder, period-piece, sport Read from June 08 to 09, 2011 Jasper Jones has come to my window. I noticed a comment where it is stated that JJ, the novel, begins badly, s...
Claudia The Conquerer
Claudia The Conquerer rated it
4.0
I've read this for my school English class novel study and I was pleasantly surprised by how much I liked it. You know me, Aussie writers are my favourite, but the genre and the whole 'small town, murder' plot doesn't usually sit great with me. But. Craig Silvey is a genius (plus, he's only 28 years...
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