Jan’s Pick of the Month

Jan recommends:  Silvey, Craig (2009).  Jasper Jones. Allen & Unwin (Aus).  Late on a hot summer night at the tail of 1965, 13 year old Charlie is started by an urgent knock on his window.  He follows Jasper Jones, he sees ‘it’ and everything changes.  Set against  the backdrop of an Australian mining town, where  fear, injustice, and racism is an everyday occurrence Charlie struggles to assert his own humanity.    This tale reminiscent of Mark Twain and Harper Lee is a strong coming of age novel and a distinctive voice of the 60s.

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