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Jasper Jones

Silvey, Craig (Book - 2011)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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In small-town Australia, teens Jasper and Charlie form an unlikely friendship when one asks the other to help him cover up a murder until they can prove who is responsible.
Authors: Silvey, Craig, 1982-
Title: Jasper Jones
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, [2011]
Edition: 1st American ed.
Characteristics: 312 p. ;,22 cm.
Content Type: text
Media Type: unmediated
Carrier Type: volume
Notes: "Originally published in paperback in Australia by Allen & Unwin...in 2009"--P. facing t.p.
Summary: In small-town Australia, teens Jasper and Charlie form an unlikely friendship when one asks the other to help him cover up a murder until they can prove who is responsible.
Audience: 012 up.
Local Note: bt/cmr2
1 5 6 12 15
ISBN: 0375966668
9780375966668
0375866663
9780375866661
Statement of Responsibility: a novel by Craig Silvey
Subject Headings: Detective and mystery stories Young adult literature. Australia Young adult fiction. Recluses Young adult fiction. Problem families Young adult fiction. Murder Young adult fiction. Secrecy Young adult fiction. Interpersonal relations Young adult fiction.
Topical Term: Detective and mystery stories
Recluses
Problem families
Murder
Secrecy
Interpersonal relations
LCCN: 2010009364
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TOPICS: Australia, Mystery, Interpersonal Relationships. GRADE LEVELS: 9-12. In small-town Australia, teens Jasper and Charlie form an unlikely friendship when one asks the other to help him cover up a murder until they can prove who is responsible.

In small-town Australia, teens Jasper and Charlie form an unlikely friendship when one asks the other to help him cover up a murder until they can prove who is responsible.

2012 Printz Honor Book:
Spurred by the mysterious death of a schoolmate, Charlie confronts racism and his fears as he learns about family, friendship and love in the oppressive heat of small-town 1960s Australia. Silvey weaves themes of freedom and loyalty with moments of humor in this wrenching ... Read More »


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Feb 06, 2013
  • Smatchen rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

If you are looking for an edge-of-your-seat mystery, as I was, this is not the book for you. If you are looking for an introspective coming of age story with a touch of mystery thrown in, then check this book out.

Aug 06, 2011
  • MissJen rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

I admire the way this novel was crafted and how it has stuck with me since I finished reading it, but I can't really say I enjoyed it exactly - it's not an enjoyable sort of story. Thought provoking for sure and it covers some pretty big issues - racism (of a couple different types), classism, dysfunctional family relationships, coming of age, despair, identity - while being wrapped up in the trappings of a murder mystery. I think if I were a little more familiar with Australian history I might have gotten even more out of it - for example, I'm guessing that the true crime stuff that Charlie researches in the newspapers was taken from real life, but I'm not completely sure. Also, the cricket talk was completely out of my league; I'm not all that great at following American sports talk, Australian sports talk is pretty much beyond me. What impressed me was that Silvey set it up so I could still follow the emotional and plot implications of the cricket match even though I didn't understand exactly what was happening play-by-play. While I felt the book as a whole had a sort of melancholy feel to it, there were moments of laugh out loud humor, too - particularly in Charlie's rather profane conversations with his best friend Jeffrey. Jasper Jones is not for every reader, but I think it would make a great discussion title for older teen and adult reading groups.

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Aug 06, 2011
  • MissJen rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

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