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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.' (Publisher's blurb)

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Adaptations

y separately published work icon Jasper Jones Kate Mulvany , 2014 2014 Strawberry Hills : Currency Press , 2016 7441879 2014 single work drama

'Corrigan is a town populated by barnacles: hard shells that clench themselves shut and choose not to know.'

'Charlie Bucktin is a geeky thirteen-year-old living in a country WA town in 1965. He's probably the only teenager who reads books in a town that's sport mad. His best mate Jeffrey Lu is Vietnamese, and isn't having such a good time of things either.

'Jasper Jones is an Indigenous 14 year-old that lives on the outside of town and the wrong side of the tracks. One summer night, Jasper takes Charlie to his secret glade in the bush. Charlie witnesses a terrible discovery and is suddenly embroiled in a plot with more twists and turns than any of the novels he so dearly loves.

'Barking Gecko is thrilled that talented playwright and actor Kate Mulvany will adapt Craig Silvey's multiple award-winning, best-selling novel, Jasper Jones for WA audiences.' (Production summary)

form y separately published work icon Jasper Jones Shaun Grant , ( dir. Rachel Perkins ) Australia : Porchlight Films Bunya Productions , 2016 8368946 2016 single work film/TV

On the night that Jasper Jones, a young Aboriginal man and social outcast, shows Charlie Bucklin the dead body of young Laura Wiseheart, Charlie's life is changed forever. Believing Jasper to be innocent, Charlie embarks on a dangerous journey to find the killer, defeating the local racists, facing the break up of his parents and falling head over heels in love as he discovers what it means to be truly courageous.

Source: Screen Australia.

Notes

  • This book won the 2011 Australian Publishers Association Best Designed Fiction Book sponsored by Penguin Books Australia.
  • Ranked #6 in ABC1's First Tuesday Book Club '10 Aussie Books to Read Before You Die' 2012 voting ballot.
  • This book was awarded the inaugural University of Canberra Book of the Year in 2013.

Affiliation Notes

  • Associated with the AustLit subset Australian Literary Responses to 'Asia' as the work contains a Vietnamese character.
  • This work is affiliated with the AustLit subset Asian-Australian Children's Literature and Publishing because it has a Vietnamese character, and because it has been translated into Chinese and Korean.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Crows Nest, North Sydney - Lane Cove area, Sydney Northern Suburbs, Sydney, New South Wales,: Allen and Unwin , 2009 .
      person or book cover
      Courtesy of Allen & Unwin.
      Extent: 368p.
      Note/s:
      • Publication date: May 2009.
      ISBN: 9781741757743 (pbk.)
    • London,
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      England,
      c
      c
      United Kingdom (UK),
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      Western Europe, Europe,
      :
      Windmill Books ,
      2009 .
      image of person or book cover 8417956654832589993.jpg
      This image has been sourced from online.
      Extent: 299p.
      ISBN: 9780099537540 (pbk.), 0099537540 (pbk.)
    • Crows Nest, North Sydney - Lane Cove area, Sydney Northern Suburbs, Sydney, New South Wales,: Allen and Unwin , 2010 .
      person or book cover
      Courtesy of Allen & Unwin.
      Alternative title: Jasper Jones : A Novel
      Extent: 397p.
      Note/s:
      • Publication date: May 2010.
      ISBN: 9781742372624 (pbk.)
    • New York (City), New York (State),
      c
      United States of America (USA),
      c
      Americas,
      :
      Knopf ,
      2011 .
      image of person or book cover 2288932857005597030.jpg
      Image courtesy of publisher's website.
      Extent: 312p.
      ISBN: 9780375866661 (trade hardcover), 9780375966668 (hardcover library binding), 9780375896781 (ebook)
    • Crows Nest, North Sydney - Lane Cove area, Sydney Northern Suburbs, Sydney, New South Wales,: Allen and Unwin , 2016 .
      image of person or book cover 3881747317936958289.jpg
      Image courtesy of publisher's website.
      Extent: 397p.p.
      Edition info: Film tie-in edition.
      ISBN: 9781760295929, 1760295922
Language: Italian
    • Varese,
      c
      Italy,
      c
      Western Europe, Europe,
      :
      Giano Editore ,
      2010 .
      image of person or book cover 6740313571166956216.jpg
      This image has been sourced from online.
      Extent: 332p.
      ISBN: 9788862510752

Other Formats

  • Braille
  • Sound recording.
  • Large print.

Works about this Work

Aboriginal Perspectives in English Classroom Texts Jessica Scarcella , Cathie Burgess , 2019 single work criticism
— Appears in: English in Australia , vol. 54 no. 1 2019; (p. 20-29)

'According to the NSW K–10 English Syllabus, all students should engage with ‘texts that give insight into Aboriginal experiences in Australia’. Along with the inclusion of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cross Curriculum Priority, this suggests that texts in English should develop deep understanding of Aboriginal cultures, experiences and perspectives. This project uses critical discourse analysis followed by content analysis, adapted from Lowe and Yunkaporta’s (2013) Cultural Analysis Matrix, to analyse representations of Aboriginal experiences and perspectives in six commonly used classroom texts to ascertain the nature and depth of the Aboriginal voices, experiences and perspectives within each text. This paper argues that texts which include Aboriginal characters and experiences through non-Aboriginal perspectives remain at risk of tokenism and/or shallow inclusion. However, texts which embody and value Aboriginal ways of knowing, doing and being demonstrate a capacity for more nuanced and genuine insights into Aboriginal experiences in Australia.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

12 Books Every Australian Should Read Anna Vallen , 2016 single work essay
— Appears in: Australian Geographic [Website] , February 2016;
'Take a literary journey to the interior with these 12 must-read Australian books, representing a cross section of Australian literature, meditating on landscape, history and what makes us Australian.'
Sharon’s Best of 2016 Sharon Seymour , 2016 single work review
— Appears in: Reading Time , December 2016;

— Review of Jasper Jones Craig Silvey , 2009 single work novel ; Freedom Ride Sue Lawson , 2015 single work novel ; Gemina Amie Kaufman , Jay Kristoff , 2016 single work novel ; The Illuminae Files Amie Kaufman , Jay Kristoff , 2015 series - author novel
Books That Changed Me Mary-Anne O'Connor , 2016 single work column
— Appears in: The Sun-Herald , 30 October 2016; (p. 10)
A Series of Fortunate Readers : A Collaborative Review Article of Important Australasian YA Writing Jessica Seymour , Denise Beckton , Eugen Bacon , Donna Lee Brien , Gyps Curmi , Maree Kimberley , Jodi McAlister , Catriona Mills , Shivaun Plozza , 2015 single work review
— Appears in: TEXT : Special Issue Website Series , October no. 32 2015;

— Review of Hitler's Daughter Jackie French , 1999 single work children's fiction ; The Book Thief Markus Zusak , 2005 single work novel ; Jasper Jones Craig Silvey , 2009 single work novel ; Tribe Ambelin Kwaymullina , 2012- series - author novel ; The Obernewtyn Chronicles Isobelle Carmody , 1987 series - author novel ; Waiting for the End of the World Lee Harding , 1983 single work novel ; On the Jellicoe Road Melina Marchetta , 2006 single work novel ; The Incredible Adventures Of Cinnamon Girl Melissa Keil , 2014 single work novel
Coming of Age in Small-Town '60s Australia Rebecca Starford , 2009 single work review
— Appears in: The Age , 2 May 2009; (p. 23)

— Review of Jasper Jones Craig Silvey , 2009 single work novel
Dudes with Attitude Delia Falconer , 2009 single work review
— Appears in: The Australian Literary Review , May vol. 4 no. 4 2009; (p. 21)

— Review of Jasper Jones Craig Silvey , 2009 single work novel
Well Read Patrick Allington , 2009 single work review
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 16 May 2009; (p. 26)

— Review of Jasper Jones Craig Silvey , 2009 single work novel
Books Susan Hewitt , 2009 single work review
— Appears in: The West Australian , 23 May 2009; (p. 28)

— Review of Jasper Jones Craig Silvey , 2009 single work novel ; Ways of Escape Hugh Mackay , 2009 single work novel ; True Colours : Lauren Huxley and Her Family : From Tragedy to Triumph Lisa Davies , 2009 single work biography
Small-Town Trials of an Unlikely Hero Rebecca Starford , 2009 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 23-24 May 2009; (p. 29)

— Review of Jasper Jones Craig Silvey , 2009 single work novel
A Resident Boo Radley Craig Silvey , 2009 single work column
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 25-26 April 2009; (p. 26-27)
Silvey's Tale Strikes a Chord Katphin Moo , 2009 single work column
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 2 May 2009; (p. 51)
Silvey Lining Jan Hallam , 2009 single work column
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 16 May 2009; (p. 27)
The End of Childhood Sally Pryor , 2009 single work column
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 22 August 2009; (p. 11)
Freo Writer Wins Hearts and Awards for Indie Novel William Yeoman , 2009 single work column
— Appears in: The West Australian , 28 September 2009; (p. 17)
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