Jasper Jones

Jasper Jones

A Novel

eBook - 2011
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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.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2011
Edition: 1st American ed
Description: 1 online resource (312 p.)
ISBN: 9780375896781
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LoganLib_JennyI May 05, 2017

A superb coming-of-age Australian novel, told through the eyes of teenager, Charlie, who lives in a small Western Australian town in the 1950s.
The death of a child in town provides the major whodunit plot and pacing for Silvey to weave his beautiful writing through.
Charlie forms an unlikely friendship with Jasper Jones who has lived his life on the opposite sides of the tracks to Charlie.
This book will be reprinted many times due to its universal themes of racism, stereotypes, secrets, parental relationships and the cruelty of human beings.

LoganLib_Adults Sep 15, 2016

Jasper Jones has been likened to To Kill a Mockingbird and while it's written beautifully, I'm not sure that it will become a classic on the same level as Harper Lee's novel...but still really really good and a must read for young adults. I especially loved the relationship between our main character, Charlie and his best friend Jeffrey - so lovely and funny! Check this book out if you love a good Australian coming-of-age story.

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TheGreatCatsby
Jun 01, 2015

I decided to give this book a go after it was recommended to me by a friend. Although not quite the mystery I was promised this story was filled with tension. I commend Silvey on the amazing way he confronts such big issues such as racism, unsteady family relationships and how not everything in life is always fair. All in all a marvellous read from Silvey.

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TheGreatCatsby
Jun 01, 2015

I decided to give this book a go after it was recommended to me by a friend. Although not quite the mystery I was promised this story was filled with tension. I commend Silvey on the amazing way he confronts such big issues such as racism, unsteady family relationships and how not everything in life is always fair. All in all a marvellous read from Silvey.

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TheGreatCatsby
Jun 01, 2015

I decided to give this book a go after it was recommended to me by a friend. Although not quite the mystery I was promised this story was filled with tension. I commend Silvey on the amazing way he confronts such big issues such as racism, unsteady family relationships and how not everything in life is always fair. All in all a marvellous read from Silvey.

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TheGreatCatsby
Jun 01, 2015

I decided to give this book a go after it was recommended to me by a friend. Although not quite the mystery I was promised this story was filled with tension. I commend Silvey on the amazing way he confronts such big issues such as racism, unsteady family relationships and how not everything in life is always fair. All in all a marvellous read from Silvey.

Smatchen Feb 06, 2013

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.

MissJen Aug 06, 2011

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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