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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (4,449 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Craig Silvey Narrator: Matt Cowlrick Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Charlie Bucktin, a bookish thirteen year old, is startled one summer night by an urgent knock on his bedroom window. His visitor is Jasper Jones, an outcast in their small mining town, and he has come to ask for Charlie's help. Terribly afraid but desperate to impress, Charlie follows him into the night.

Jasper takes him to his secret glade, where Charlie witnesses 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. He locks horns with his tempestuous mother, falls nervously in love, and battles to keep a lid on his zealous best friend. 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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A richly rewarding exploration of truth and lies by a masterful storyteller.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • Silvey is a master of wit and words, spinning a coming-of-age tale told through the mind of a young Holden Caulfield.
  • Starred Review, Kirkus Reviews, March 15, 2011:
  • The author’s keen ear for dialogue is evident in the humorous verbal sparring between Charlie and Jeffrey, typical of smart 13-year-old boys...A richly rewarding exploration of truth and lies by a masterful storyteller."
  • Starred Review, The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, April 2011:
  • Silvey’s sure-footed, evocative prose, intelligent humor, and careful plot structuring may well ensure this Aussie import lasting status."
  • Starred Review, The Horn Book Magazine, May/June 2011:
  • The mood and atmosphere of the 1960s small-town Australian setting is perfectly realized—suspenseful, menacing, and claustrophobic—with issues of race and class boiling just below the surface."
  • Starred Review, School Library Journal, June 2011:
  • “Silvey’s sure-footed, evocative prose, intelligent humor, and careful plot structuring may well ensure this Aussie import lasting status.”

    Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books (starred review)

  • “The mood and atmosphere of the 1960s small-town Australian setting is perfectly realized—suspenseful, menacing, and claustrophobic—with issues of race and class boiling just below the surface.”

    Horn Book (starred review)

  • “Silvey is a master of wit and words, spinning a coming-of-age tale told through the mind of a young Holden Caulfield.”

    School Library Journal (starred review)

  • A 2012 Michael L. Printz Award Finalist
  • A 2011 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award Finalist
  • A 2010 Miles Franklin Award Finalist

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Yasmine ♥ | 2/18/2014

    " Preeeeety good book "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Courtney | 2/7/2014

    " Great book. I thought it was well written and the characters engaging. Jasper forever shrouded in mystery, Charlie just trying to survive, Jeffrey infectiously upbeat. Charlie and Jeffrey's friendship was one of the best parts of the book. Their witty banter kept me laughing despite the seriousness of the happenings in their small town. Surrounded by mostly awful townsfolk (including their own parents) Charlie, Jasper, and Eliza had to endure the suffocating weight of Laura's death and their own roles in it (whether imagined or real). I can't imagine having to deal with something so large at any age, let alone as a 13-14 year old. I can only hope that Jasper got a fresh start in the city and could leave behind a lifetime of horrifying treatment met out by an entire town full of ignorant, prejudiced, and scared people. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Ellen | 1/31/2014

    " When Jasper Jones showed up at his house in the middle of the night, Charlie knew he had to go with him. He spent the rest of the book wrestling with the consequences of that midnight journey through the Australian woods. The reader who goes along on this journey with Charlie will not be sorry. Charlie, who had been content with hanging with his wisecracking and cricket-player-wannabe best friend, sees and learns things about his community, family and adult world that he sometimes wishes he didn't know. But the rewards of becoming an adult are sweet enough to overcome his doubts. For its excellent writing, well-paced plot and general excellence, I would highly recommend this book for teens (its intended audience in the US) and adults(it was marketed to adults in Oz). Amazing story! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by David Finch-Quadrio | 1/25/2014

    " I think I would have preferred this book more when I was younger, however it was a good read. "

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