Jasper Jones

Craig Silvey
AUD $23.99

Full of unforgettable characters, a page-turning pace and outrageously good dialogue, this is a glorious novel - thoughtful, funny, heartbreaking and wise - about outsiders and secrets, and what it really means to be a hero.

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.

'If we see a more entertaining, heartfelt piece of Australian literature in the next 12 months, it will be a rare year indeed - an Australian To Kill a Mockingbird.' - The Monthly

'It's genius.' - West Australian

'. 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

'Jasper Jones confronts inhumanity and racism, as the stories of Mark Twain and Harper Lee did. Silvey's voice is distinctive: astute, witty, angry, understanding and self-assured.' - Weekend Australian

'Jasper Jones is a riveting tale, studded with laugh-out-loud and life-affirming moments yet underpinned by a clear-eyed examination of human weaknesses and misdemeanours.' - Adelaide Advertiser

Author bio:

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, 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!

Category: Fiction
ISBN: 9781760295929
Edition No: Film
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Imprint: Allen & Unwin
Pub Date: November 2016
Page Extent: 408
Format: Paperback - B format
Subject: Fiction & related items

Teachers Notes

Teachers Reviews

‘I’ve had success with Jasper Jones in Australian classrooms and international ones. Awesome book.’
Jason Underwood, 2018

‘[Jasper Jones] opened understandings to my students’ about their community and that which exists beyond themselves. Their minds and hearts began to open to the experiences of groups who are usually ignored or shunned.’
Pina Grozotis, 2018

‘I love this novel. I’ve read it quite a few times, as I teach at year 11, and it’s always one of the most popular texts in the whole school…Congratulations!’
Emma Steeper, 2017

‘I was recommended Jasper Jones read it and loved it. I honestly couldn’t put it down. I’m an English teacher and I’m going to suggest to my Head of Department that we include it in our curriculum. Can’t wait to read more of your work.’
Kirsty Dos Remedios, 2014

‘…I teach child abuse prevention programs in schools across WA. I was visiting a school during the week and a young girl said to me ‘my sister has read a book called Jasper Jones and she told me about the things that were happening to the girl in the story – we didn’t know things like that could happen’ this opened up an opportunity to further discuss a range of abuse prevention issues. Thank you.’ 
Justine Chippendale O’Malley, 2014

‘I am an English teacher at a boys’ school in Brisbane and I am looking at a new novel for my Year 10 students. I think I just found it in Jasper Jones. Beautifully written and very evocative.’
Dave Houston, 2014

‘Just leant your book to one of my year 10 students and he’s been reading it non-stop, asking to keep it over the holidays’
Colleen Fliegner, 2016

'This is such a powerful book to make kids think about differences and see them as good.’
Jason and Anna Ringrose, 2015

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