Jasper Jones : a novel
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Jasper Jones : a novel
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- Jasper Jones : a novel
- Title remainder
- a novel
- Statement of responsibility
- by Craig Silvey
- Australia -- Fiction
- Australia -- Juvenile fiction
- trueAustralia -- Social life and customs -- 20th century
- Detective and mystery fiction
- Detective and mystery fiction
- Dust jackets (Bindings) -- 2011
- Dysfunctional families
- Dysfunctional families -- Juvenile fiction
- Family problems -- Fiction
- Interpersonal relations
- Interpersonal relations -- Juvenile fiction
- Juvenile works
- trueLife change events
- trueMisfits (Persons)
- trueMultiracial boys
- Murder -- Fiction
- Murder -- Juvenile fiction
- trueMystery and detective stories
- Mystery and detective stories, Australian
- Mystery fiction
- trueRacism -- Australia
- Recluses -- Fiction
- Recluses -- Juvenile fiction
- Secrecy -- Juvenile fiction
- Secrets -- Fiction
- trueSmall towns -- Australia
- trueTeenage boys -- Australia
- trueWestern Australia
- Young adult fiction
- Young adult works
- Interpersonal relations -- Fiction
- 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
- Australian Book Industry Awards, Book of the Year, 2010.
- Australian Book Industry Awards, Literary Fiction Book of the Year, 2010.
- Nielsen BookData Australian Booksellers' Choice Award, 2010.
- Western Australian Premier's Book Awards, Fiction category, 2009.
- YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults, 2012
- School Library Journal Best Books, 2011.
- Grades 7-12 To 13-year-old Charlie Bucktin, Jasper Jones is nothing but an outcast, a stranger. Then, in the middle of the night, Jasper turns up at Charlie’s bedroom window and leads him to the hanging body of a dead girl, the daughter of the shire president in their small Australian town. Unless Charlie helps him, Jasper will be blamed for the murder. What follows is equal parts mystery, coming-of-age story, and sophisticated literary novel. Right up to the hard, satisfying ending, the first-person, immediate, present-tense account offers an authentically adolescent perspective of the racist, patriotic turmoil of the 1970s as it affected small-town life. Silvey balances the predominant gravity with moments of lightness in the awkward fumbling of first love and the profane, hilarious banter that defines Charlie’s relationship with his new best friend. Charlie is an avid reader, and in his worldview, shaped by Atticus Finch and Puddn’Head Wilson, and his account of events, young readers will experience how powerful stories help to clarify life. -- Barthelmess, Thom (Reviewed 03-15-2011) (Booklist, vol 107, number 14, p55)
- /* Starred Review */ Gr 9 Up — Everything changes for 14-year-old Charlie Bucktin the night the town outcast, Jasper Jones, knocks on his window. Jasper needs to show him something terrible, so he takes Charlie into his secret spot in the glade. Laura Wishart, the shire president's daughter and Jasper's friend, hangs from a tree, and unless the boys can hide her body, Jasper will surely be blamed. Without knowing the why or how of this tragedy, Charlie is left with a secret that's almost impossible to bear. The oppressive heat of a small Australian town is an appropriate setting for the slow boil of unraveling truths. Charlie seems wise beyond his years, using the vocabulary of the tomes in which he loses himself. There are, however, several glimpses to remind readers of his real age—in dealing with his first real crush, his uninhibited best friend, and his temperamental mother. Silvey is a master of wit and words, spinning a coming-of-age tale told through the mind of a young Holden Caulfield. Some readers may find themselves stumbling through the Australian slang and cricket-game terminology, but the universal themes are reminiscent of Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird . However, the expletives and subject matter make this gripping story most appropriate for older teens.—Kimberly Castle, Stark County District Library, Canton, OH --Kimberly Castle (Reviewed June 1, 2011) (School Library Journal, vol 57, issue 6, p136)
- Australian author Silvey wears his influences (notably To Kill a Mockingbird) a little too obviously on his sleeve in a novel about crime, race, and growing up in a 1960s Australian mining town. Charlie, 13, is woken up on a hot summer night by teenage outcast Jasper, who wants to show him something secret. That secret turns out to be the dead body of Laura Wishart, Jasper's occasional paramour and the older sister of Charlie's own crush, Eliza. The boys, assuming that Jasper will be blamed, hide the body, and Laura's disappearance combines with the boys' guilt and lies to create an ongoing spiral of stress. The town of Corrigan is rife with racism, which is directed mainly at the half-aboriginal Jasper and Charlie's Vietnamese best friend, Jeffrey. The banter between Jeffrey and Charlie drives the novel's lighter scenes, but can distract, feeling more like Tarantinoesque pop culture asides than anything else. Still, when Silvey, making his U.S. debut, focuses on the town's ugly underbelly, as well as the troubles in Charlie's family, the novel is gripping enough to overcome its weaknesses. Ages 12–up. (Apr.) --Staff (Reviewed February 7, 2011) (Publishers Weekly, vol 258, issue 06, p)
- /* Starred Review */ 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. Jasper, half-Anglo, half-Aborigine and the scapegoat for all misdeeds in their small town, knows he'll be held responsible for Laura's death. In a "cold moment of dismay . . .Â disarmed by a shard of knowing," Charlie helps Jasper hide the body. As Jasper delves to the heart of the mystery, Charlie's life goes on as usual, despite the brick in his stomach from keeping their dreadful secret. A collector of words, he's dismayed that he can't find the right ones for the girl he has a crush on or to stick up for his Vietnamese-Australian friend, Jeffrey, who outplays the local bigots in cricket. Silvey infuses his prose with a musician's sensibility—Charlie's pounding heart is echoed in the terse, staccato sentences of the opening scenes, alternating with legato phrases laden with meaning. The author's keen ear for dialogue is evident in the humorous verbal sparring between Charlie and Jeffrey, typical of smart 13-year-old boys. Their wordplay—" 'I bid you a Jew.' 'And I owe your revoir' "—requires some sophistication of readers, who may also wish they'd brushed up on cricket terms. A richly rewarding exploration of truth and lies by a masterful storyteller. (Fiction. 12 & up)(Kirkus Reviews, March 15, 2011)
- Awards note
- Michael L. Printz Honor for Excellence in Young Adult Literature, 2012
- Cataloging source
- Dewey number
- no index present
- Intended audience
- Young Adult
- Intended audience source
- LC call number
- LC item number
- Jas 2011
- Literary form
- NLM call number
- Silvey, C.
- Reading level
- Study program name
- Accelerated Reader
- Reading Counts!
- Target audience
- pre adolescent
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