Jasper Jones by Craig Silvey

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A 2012 Michael L. Printz Honor Book

Charlie Bucktin, a bookish thirteen year old, is startled one summer night by an urgent knock on his bedroom window. His visitor is Jasper Jones, an outcast in their small mining town, and he has come to ask for Charlie's help. Terribly afraid but desperate to impress, Charlie follows him into the night.

Jasper takes him to his secret glade, where Charlie witnesses 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. He locks horns with his tempestuous mother, falls nervously in love, and battles to keep a lid on his zealous best friend. 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.

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About Craig Silvey

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CRAIG SILVEY wrote his first novel, Rhubarb, at the age of 19. It became a bestseller and was chosen as the "One Book" for the Perth International Writers Festival. Craig is the singer/songwriter for the band The Nancy Sikes! and lives in Fremantle, Australia.
Published April 5, 2011 by Knopf Books for Young Readers. 322 pages
Genres: Romance, Young Adult, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, History, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense. Fiction

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Charlie is catapulted into adulthood when Jasper Jones knocks on his window on a blisteringly hot Australian night and leads him to a hidden glade where a girl is hanging from a tree, bruised and bloody.

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Liam McKenzie is a 12-year old superhero. When he overhears fighting from the home of a beautiful yo...

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It’s the start of a fairly straightforward plotline that involves solving the mystery that tortures both Charlie and Jasper, but it’s also the start of Charlie’s own coming of age – a more complicated story about love, prejudice, and the making of a meaningful life that has an air of nostalgia be...

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The Bookbag

For example, Charlie's best friend is a clever and witty boy called Jeffrey.

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Suite 101

During a heated moment, a man slaps a three year old boy who is not his son, nor a relation of his.

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The Age

"Jasper Jones," Charlie explains, "has a terrible reputation in Corrigan.

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WAPL Teens

Charlie would call the police and have them check things out, but Jasper knows that he would be blamed for the crime he didn't commit and asks Charlie to help him hide the body.

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Bundaberg Regional Libraries

There’s been a lot of buzz about this novel since it was published in May – adjectives are flying everywhere – all of them good I must mention.

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Fancy Goods

Interestingly, Craig Silvey’s Miles Franklin-shortlisted novel Jasper Jones was included in the Young Adult section of our reviews pages when the following piece by Robin Morrow appeared in the combined May/June 2009 issue of Bookseller+Publisher.

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