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Jasper Jones | [Craig Silvey]

Jasper Jones

Charlie Bucktin, a bookish 13 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.
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Publisher's Summary

Charlie Bucktin, a bookish 13-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.

©2011 Craig Silvey (P)2012 Random House

What the Critics Say

"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....A richly rewarding exploration of truth and lies by a masterful storyteller." (Kirkus Reviews)

"Silvey’s sure-footed, evocative prose, intelligent humor, and careful plot structuring may well ensure this Aussie import lasting status." (The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books)

"The mood and atmosphere of the 1960s small-town Australian setting is perfectly realized - suspenseful, menacing, and claustrophobic - with issues of race and class boiling just below the surface." (The Horn Book Magazine)

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    Debra Anton, TX, United States 07-22-13 Member Since 2012
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    What would have made Jasper Jones better?

    This book would have been better without the vulgar language. A WARNING would have been appreciated!


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    I bought this for my 5th grade son and me to listen to on the road. I was quite surprised by the language. I tried to overlook the language at first, because we had become very interested in the story. However, I couldn't continue listening in good conscience since we are oppposed to the use of that language. We didn't finish it.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Matt Cowlrick?

    The narrator did a great job with all the characters and I would listen to another book narrated by him.


    Any additional comments?

    Hopefully I can buy the book in print and mark out the offensive language and finish the story with my son. Had I known about the language, I would never have purchased this.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Susan Miles VA 11-28-12
    Susan Miles VA 11-28-12 Member Since 2010

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    "Good teen fiction"
    If you could sum up Jasper Jones in three words, what would they be?

    Heartfelt teen murder-mystery


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Jasper Jones?

    The main character's mention of To Kill a Mockingbird draws an obvious parallel to this novel.


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    A good story, colourful characters, mystery, intrigue, adventure and humor . Very well written and performed.

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