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!
For Ages: 15 - 18 years old
For Grades: 7 - 10
Number Of Pages: 408
Published: 1st May 2010
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 12.8
Weight (kg): 0.36
Edition Number: 1