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ISBN10: 0375866663
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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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"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.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright PWyxz LLC)

About the Author

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.

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Tharani M, March 7, 2012 (view all comments by Tharani M)
Fantastic contemporary novel....a mix of Mark Twain's Huck finn and Harper Lee's To Kill a Mocking Bird. Great read, I enjoyed it very much.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780375866661
Author:
Silvey, Craig
Publisher:
Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers
Subject:
Family problems
Subject:
Australia
Subject:
Social Issues - Friendship
Subject:
Social Issues - Prejudice & Racism
Subject:
Social Issues - Adolescence
Subject:
Situations / Friendship
Subject:
Children s Young Adult-Social Issue Fiction-Friendship
Subject:
Children s Young Adult-Social Issue Fiction
Subject:
australia;racism;fiction;mystery;coming of age;murder;friendship;ya;family;suicide;young adult;western australia;prejudice;death;secrets;1960s;relationships;australian literature;historical fiction;romance;historical;adolescence;recluses;bildungsroman
Subject:
australia;racism;fiction;mystery;coming of age;murder;friendship;ya;suicide;family;young adult;western australia;prejudice;death;secrets;1960s;historical fiction;relationships;australian author;australian literature;recluses;australian fiction;historical;
Publication Date:
20110431
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from 7
Language:
English
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
8.51 x 6.07 x 1.11 in .94 lb
Age Level:
12-12

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Product details 320 pages Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers - English 9780375866661 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "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.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright PWyxz LLC)
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