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Jasper Jones

Jasper Jones

Book rating: 05 Paperback

By (author) Craig Silvey

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  • Publisher: Windmill Books
  • Format: Paperback | 304 pages
  • Dimensions: 128mm x 194mm x 22mm | 200g
  • Publication date: 29 April 2010
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0099537540
  • ISBN 13: 9780099537540
  • Sales rank: 1,374

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Summer, 1965. Late one night, thirteen-year-old Charlie Bucktin is startled by a knock on his window. His visitor is Jasper Jones. Rebellious, mixed-race and solitary, Jasper is intriguing. And he needs Charlie's help. In the dead of night, the boys steal through town, and Charlie learns of Jasper's horrible discovery. Burdened by a terrible secret and the weight of a town's suspicion, Charlie feels his world closing in. After this summer nothing will ever be the same again.

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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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By Amanda McInerney 31 Dec 2009 5

My favourite Australian book for this year is, without a doubt, "Jasper Jones" by Craig Silvey"
It is set in a dusty country town in Western Australia, in the middle of summer holidays. Silvey's writing brilliantly evokes the tedium and ennui that I remember suffering as an early teen, when the long hot days stretched out interminably with nothing much to do and nowhere much to go. Of course, this situation changes for Jasper and his friends, as things take a sudden, unexpected turn. Craig Silvey's writing is witty, funny and sensitive and the main characters just leap off the page. The adolescent hero, Charlie Bucktin, is warm, wise, funny and tormented - and has made me look at my own son in a very new light! As a 'coming of age' novel it deserves a place on the school curriculums in this country.
It truly is an Australian "To Kill a Mockingbird"!

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"Terrific...this is an enthralling novel that invites comparison with Mark Twain and isn't found wanting. Silvey is able to switch the mood from the tragic to the hilarious in an instant" Mail on Sunday "A finely crafted novel that deals with friendship, racism and social ostracism... Saluting To Kill a Mockingbird and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Silvey movingly explores the stifling secrets that lurk behind the most ordinary of facades" Marie Claire "Catcher in the Rye meets To Kill a Mockingbird in a novel that confronts racism, injustice, friendship and the tenderness of first love - as seen by bookish, guileless, 13-year-old Charlie Bucktin, led astray by the intriguing, dangerous eponymous outcast, Jasper Jones" Easy Living "Jasper Jones is a well-paced, eminently readable bildungsroman... The exultation contained in the description of a cricket game featuring Charlie's irrepressible best friend is enough alone to earn this book sentimental-classic status." The Monthly "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

Editorial reviews

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.