Jasper Jones by Craig Silvey

Jasper Jones

By Craig Silvey

  • Release Date: 2010-05-01
  • Genre: Fiction & Literature
Score: 4.5
From 264 Ratings
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Late on a hot summer night in the tail end of 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 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.

'If we see a more entertaining, heartfelt piece of Australian literature in the next 12 months, it will be a rare year indeed - an Australian To Kill a Mockingbird.' - The Monthly

'It's genius.' - West Australian

'. impossible to put down . There's tension, injustice, young love, hypocrisy . and, above all, the certainty that Silvey has planted himself in the landscape as one of our finest storytellers.' - Australian Women's Weekly

'Jasper Jones confronts inhumanity and racism, as the stories of Mark Twain and Harper Lee did. Silvey's voice is distinctive: astute, witty, angry, understanding and self-assured.' - Weekend Australian

'Jasper Jones is a riveting tale, studded with laugh-out-loud and life-affirming moments yet underpinned by a clear-eyed examination of human weaknesses and misdemeanours.' - Adelaide Advertiser


  • An enjoyable read. Sure to be an Australian classic

    By Sarahjean785
    I really enjoyed it and finished it in a couple of days. Most enjoyable was the relationship between Charlie and his adorable friend Jeffrey Lu. I don't get the comparison to 'To kill a Mockingbird' and thought more could have been done with the Jasper character and his relationship with the town and their prejudices. The mystery didn't really go anywhere and that was the most disappointing part.
  • Heart wrenching

    By Happy-holl
    The best book I've read this year. What a profoundly insightful story - you are pulled in to the world of Corrigan and not even finishing this novel can release you from its grip.
  • Jasper Jones

    By Keetacat
    Wonderful story. Could not put it down. Loved the movie.
  • Jasper Jones

    By Macreau
    Very good read! From the very first page & to the last! Highly recommended reading and now look forward to the movie! Enjoy it!
  • Jasper jones

    By Kerryhos
    Loved this book. Fantastic read!!!!
  • We have a winner!

    By MysterF
    The ring of truth from whoah to go. It was all I could do to make this last three sittings. Tim Winton, eat your heart out!
  • Jasper jones

    By A!B!C
    Sorry I can't agree with the previous reviews this should not be represented as an Australian to To Kill A Mockingbird. It starts and ends with references to Atticus finch and the attempt of having a Boo Radley type character. It is nowhere near the standard I was very disappointed - I thought it would have been better to concentrate in the story rather than focus on the dialogue with Jeffrey. It could have been so much better. It was a quick read but I wouldn't recommend or read again
  • Jasper Jones-brilliant

    By Frank 3532
    This one of my favourite books of all time. Such a likeable main character and a compelling story.
  • Great read! Recommended!

    By aquariustaz
    I really thoroughly enjoyed this book. I picked it for our book club read and everyone liked it- which is something because we rarely all agree! It's kind of an Aussie To Kill a Mockingbird in parts- can definitely see the inspiration but I think it works for the Australian context. As a history teacher I enjoyed the portrayal of 1960s Australia too: race relations, Aboriginal relations, Vietnamese refugees, small town life. It does feature a mystery but it's more a snapshot life and society in Australia at this time.
  • Like it!

    By Jessijohn
    Amazing book! I like it!!!