Shortlisted for the 2010 Miles Franklin Literary Award
Brilliant, funny, heartbreaking and incredibly wise, this is the latest novel from the author of Rhubarb and The World According to Warren.
'If we see a more entertaining, heartfelt piece of Australian literature in the next 12 months, it will be a rare year indeed - an Australian To Kill a Mockingbird.' - The Monthly
'It's genius.' - West Australian
'... impossible to put down ... There's tension, injustice, young love, hypocrisy ... and, above all, the certainty that Silvey has planted himself in the landscape as one of our finest storytellers.' - Australian Women's Weekly
'Jasper Jones confronts inhumanity and racism, as the stories of Mark Twain and Harper Lee did. Silvey's voice is distinctive: astute, witty, angry, understanding and self-assured.' - Weekend Australian
'Jasper Jones is a riveting tale, studded with laugh-out-loud and life-affirming moments yet underpinned by a clear-eyed examination of human weaknesses and misdemeanours.' - Adelaide Advertiser
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.
About The Author
Craig Silvey grew up on an orchard in Dwelling up Western Australia. He now lives in Fremantle, where at the age of 19 he wrote his first novel, Rhubarb, published by Fremantle Press in 2004. In 2005, Rhubarb was chosen as the 'One Book' for the Perth International Writers' Festival, and was included in the national Books Alive campaign. Silvey also received a Sydney Morning Herald Best Young Novelist Award. In 2007, Silvey released The World According to Warren, a picture book affectionately starring the guide-dog from Rhubarb. His second novel, Jasper Jones, was completed with the aid of an Australia Council New Work Grant. Outside of literature, Silvey is the singer/songwriter for the band The Nancy Sikes!
Reviewed by 2 customers
Displaying reviews 1-2
Comments about Jasper Jones:
i thought the book was great iv never read a book in my life than i fond this book it was soo good but was a bit disserpointed with the ending.
i think that Crage Silvey needs to write a sequel to this book.
Comments about Jasper Jones:
I thoroughly enjoyed this well-crafted coming-of-age story. The characters were very well drawn and the setting was a highly visual experience - almost like a Tim Winton book. The book would translate to the big screen very well, and would be an excellent book for study purposes. I liked the writer's use of "teen-speak" and found the story-line moving, engaging and suspenseful. The only negative point for me was the sorrow I felt when I finished the book.
For Ages: 15+ years old
For Grades: 7 - 10
Number Of Pages: 408
Published: 1st May 2010
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Dimensions (cm): 19.9 x 12.9 x 2.800
Weight (kg): 0.351