Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Jasper Jones by Craig Silvey

Jasper JonesJasper Jones by Craig Silvey

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Jasper Jones is an outcast in his Australian mining town of Corrigan. But one night he knocks on Charlie Bucktin’s window and asks for his help. Charlie is honored and desperate to impress Jasper; he follows him to a sheltered area and sees Laura Wishart hanging from a tree. Charlie is stunned; who did this and why is Jasper Jones pulling Charlie into this awful web of lies and deceit? This story is mesmerizing, suspenseful, and funny; it pulls you into Charlie’s world of family, friends, and the deep, dark secrets in Corrigan. Charlie must reach deep within himself to keep these confidences that just ache to be unburdened. A superb novel of characterization, setting, and coming of age.

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