Jasper Jones Silvey
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Jasper Jones

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ABOUT
THE BOOK

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 through town and 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. 

ABOUT
THE AUTHOR Craig
Silvey

Craig Silvey grew up on an orchard in Dwellingup, a small town in timber and fruit-growing lands in  in south-west Western Australia.

Silvery wrote his first novel, Rhubarb, when he was nineteen: it was published in 2004. The novel was the inaugural book for the ‘One Book’ series of events at the 2005 Perth International Arts Festival.

Silvey’s next novel, Jasper Jones, was published in 2009. Since Jasper Jones, Silvey has published the novella The Amber Amulet, which he adapted into a stage play the following year, and has scripted The Prospector, a contemporary western film directed by Rachel Perkins.

Craig Silvey grew up on an orchard in Dwellingup, a small town in timber and fruit-growing lands in  in south-west Western Australia.

Silvery wrote his first novel, Rhubarb, when he was nineteen: it was published in 2004. The novel was the inaugural book for the ‘One Book’ series of events at the 2005 Perth International Arts Festival.

Silvey’s next novel, Jasper Jones, was published in 2009. Since Jasper Jones, Silvey has published the novella The Amber Amulet, which he adapted into a stage play the following year, and has scripted The Prospector, a contemporary western film directed by Rachel Perkins.

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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Date published
29/04/2010
Country
Australia
Original Language
English
Author
Publisher
Windmill / William Heinemann

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