Welcome to our #ThrowbackThursday part of the blog, where we share old reviews from the archives.
Todays review was first posted on The P.Turner’s Facebook Page, May 19th 2016!
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Late on a hot summer night in 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 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.
📚 BOOK REVIEW 📚
Reading Challenge Prompt; A National Book Award Winner
‘Jasper Jones’ by Craig Silvey
Jasper Jones appears at Charlie Bucktin’s window and asks for help. Charlie obliges, until he discovers the grisly reason for the request.
Charlie hasn’t been the same since that night, he is now trapped in a cycle of helping Jasper, falling in love, trying to keep his best friend grounded and maintaining a ‘normal’ relationship with his parents.
It’s easy to forget at points that this book is set in Western Australia, in a small mining town; Corrigin (just over 200km outside of Perth)…as Silvey has been able to describe a town that could easily fit into an American setting, or further beyond.
This is a great read, which has the reader constantly questioning the motives and behaviours of each character. The ending leaves the reader wanting more, whilst being able to close the chapter. 😊
Have you read ‘Jasper Jones’? What did you think?