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Jasper Jones - Craig Silvey

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Published: 1st May 2010
For Ages: 15 - 18 years old
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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, 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!

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Jasper Jones
 
4.6

(based on 8 reviews)

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  • Well written (8)
  • Engaging characters (6)
  • Page turner (6)
  • Suspenseful (5)

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4.0

Australian version of to kill a mockingbird

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from Perth Au

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Pros

  • Engaging Characters
  • Page Turner
  • Suspenseful
  • Well Written

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Older Readers

    Comments about Jasper Jones:

    Certain events in the book had me scared stiff but that made it all the better. The author did an exceptional job at creating this spectacular book. I've recommened it to all my friends that will listen.

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    5.0

    Top 10 Books I have ever read!

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    from Melbourne, AU

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    Pros

    • Deserves Multiple Readings
    • Engaging Characters
    • Page Turner
    • Suspenseful
    • Well Written

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      • Gift
      • Mystery Lovers

      Comments about Jasper Jones:

      In the top 10 books I have ever read! So easy to read and keeps you engaged, I didn't want to put it down. If you enjoy mysteries, definatly read this! loved it.

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      4.0

      Worth the read.

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      from Melbourne, Australia

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      • Engaging Characters
      • Suspenseful
      • Well Written

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        • Gift

        Comments about Jasper Jones:

        I enjoyed this book so much. Great characters and some unexpected twists in the story. Set in W.A.

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        5.0

        Fantastic Book

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        from Queensland

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        Pros

        • Deserves Multiple Readings
        • Engaging Characters
        • Page Turner
        • Suspenseful
        • Well Written

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          • Older Readers

          Comments about Jasper Jones:

          One of the best books I have ever read. Not for the young reader, definitely adults only because of the vivid themes and visualisation. .

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          5.0

          Exceptional

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          from Queensland, Australia

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          • Engaging Characters
          • Page Turner
          • Suspenseful
          • Well Written

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            • Older Readers
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            Comments about Jasper Jones:

            A highly engaging book from start to finish. "an Australian 'To Kill a Mockingbird'" is truly a fitting description.

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            4.0

            It's a well-written book.

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            from Perth, AU

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            • Well Written

            Cons

            • Boring
            • Sometimes Boring

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            Comments about Jasper Jones:

            We have to read this book for English class. It's quite comparable to the book called "To kill a mockingbird". Corrigan is a place which racism and discrimination exist.

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                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.

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                5.0

                A masterful piece of writing

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                from Melbourne, AU

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                Pros

                • Engaging Characters
                • Page Turner
                • Well Written

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Older Readers
                  • Travel Reading
                  • Younger Readers

                  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.

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                  Craig Silvey

                  Craig Silvey grew up on an orchard in Dwellingup Western Australia. He now lives in Fremantle, where at the age of 19, he wrote his first novel, Rhubarb, which received the Sydney Morning Herald Best Young Novelist Award. In 2007, Silvey released a picture book called The World According to Warren. Outside of literature, Silvey is the singer/songwriter for the band The Nancy Sikes.

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                  ISBN: 9781742372624
                  ISBN-10: 1742372627
                  Audience: General
                  For Ages: 15 - 18 years old
                  For Grades: 7 - 10
                  Format: Paperback
                  Language: English
                  Number Of Pages: 408
                  Published: 1st May 2010
                  Publisher: Allen & Unwin
                  Country of Publication: AU
                  Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 12.8  x 3.0
                  Weight (kg): 0.36
                  Edition Number: 1