Jasper Jones – Craig Silvey

Late one hot summer night in 1965, thirteen year old Charlie Bucktin, is startled by a knock on his window. His visitor, Jasper Jones, an outcast in the small country town, has a terrible secret to share. A local girl has gone missing and the townspeople are looking for someone to blame. Over the simmering summer as Charlie searches for the truth he clashes with his mother, falls nervously in love and witnesses a town consumed by fear and suspicion.

Described as an Australian, To Kill a Mockingbird, this novel which at times is very funny, explores the devastating impact of racism and prejudice on a community.

Griffith Library

 

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