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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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Product Description

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
 
4.5

(based on 11 reviews)

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91%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Well written (10)
  • Engaging characters (8)
  • Page turner (7)
  • Suspenseful (6)
  • Deserves multiple readings (3)

Cons

No Cons

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  • Older readers (6)
  • Gift (3)
  • Younger readers (3)
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    • Everyday reader (5)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

My Book of the Year!

Of all the books I have read this year, Craig Silvey's enthralling examination of pre-adolescence, racism, bigotry and small-town rumours had me hooked right from the first page. Added to this was boyhood...Read complete review

Of all the books I have read this year, Craig Silvey's enthralling examination of pre-adolescence, racism, bigotry and small-town rumours had me hooked right from the first page. Added to this was boyhood humour; Silvey's use of the vernacular in the banter between Charlie and Jeffrey was authentic and humorous and reminded me of growing up in a similar town in country Victoria at about the same time as when Jasper Jones is set. The plot is intense and believable and it left me wondering what the truth was until almost the very end of the novel. The characters are down to earth and interesting and Silvey develops them in detail. A thoroughly enjoyable read!

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Tedious

If you want the same basic story but written better and not so pretentious try 'To Kill a Mockingbird'

If you want the same basic story but written better and not so pretentious try 'To Kill a Mockingbird'

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5.0

A Must Read book for everyone

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from Sydney

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Pros

  • Engaging Characters
  • Well Written

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Jasper Jones:

      I really loved this book. It is a beautifully written tale about four particular teenagers in a small town and the trials and tribulations they face after a devastating event. If you're different, life can be very hard in a small town and my heart broke at times throughout the story. I did find it hard to get going, but once through the first few pages, I found myself looking forward to picking it up and finding out what was going to happen. I was surprised that it was targetted at young adults and feel it's definitely one for the older reading audience as well. I can't wait for the film release in early 2017 and hope it's true to the story and what I have imagined.

       
      5.0

      My Book of the Year!

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      from Perth, WA

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      Pros

      • Captures the Essence of Rural Australia
      • Deserves Multiple Readings
      • Engaging Characters
      • Page Turner
      • Suspenseful
      • Well Written

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Gift
        • Ideal for Secondary School-age Studies
        • Older Readers

        Comments about Jasper Jones:

        Of all the books I have read this year, Craig Silvey's enthralling examination of pre-adolescence, racism, bigotry and small-town rumours had me hooked right from the first page. Added to this was boyhood humour; Silvey's use of the vernacular in the banter between Charlie and Jeffrey was authentic and humorous and reminded me of growing up in a similar town in country Victoria at about the same time as when Jasper Jones is set. The plot is intense and believable and it left me wondering what the truth was until almost the very end of the novel. The characters are down to earth and interesting and Silvey develops them in detail. A thoroughly enjoyable read!

        (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        2.0

        Tedious

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        from Queensland

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        Pros

          Cons

          • Boring
          • Disappointing

          Best Uses

          • Younger Readers

          Comments about Jasper Jones:

          If you want the same basic story but written better and not so pretentious try 'To Kill a Mockingbird'

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          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.

             
            5.0

            Top 10 Books I have ever read!

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            from Melbourne, AU

            About Me Casual Reader

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • 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.

               
              4.0

              Worth the read.

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              from Melbourne, Australia

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              Pros

              • Engaging Characters
              • Suspenseful
              • Well Written

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Gift

                Comments about Jasper Jones:

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

                 
                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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • 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. .

                   
                  5.0

                  Exceptional

                  By 

                  from Queensland, Australia

                  About Me Casual Reader

                  Pros

                  • Engaging Characters
                  • Page Turner
                  • Suspenseful
                  • Well Written

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Older Readers
                    • Reference

                    Comments about Jasper Jones:

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

                     
                    4.0

                    It's a well-written book.

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                    from Perth, AU

                    About Me Rarely Read

                    Pros

                    • Well Written

                    Cons

                    • Boring
                    • Sometimes Boring

                    Best Uses

                    • Older Readers
                    • Younger Readers

                    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.

                     
                    5.0

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                    from Canberra, ACT

                    About Me Rarely Read

                    Pros

                    • Page Turner
                    • Well Written

                    Cons

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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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                        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