Things can only go down from here, really. I happen to be one of those people who sees a bar set high not as a challenge, but an excuse to slink away and pretend I was never there.
Overview[ edit ] The novel Jasper Jones has been described as conforming to the conventions of Australian Gothic, which projects contemporary experience onto … dysfunctional families in small, remote towns On a summer evening inCharlie receives an unexpected visit from year-old Jasper Jones, who is excluded from Corrigan because of his mixed White- Aboriginal heritage and rebellious lifestyle.
Jasper asks for Charlie's help and leads him to a private clearing in the bush.
Charlie is horrified to find the corpse of a young girl, Laura Wishart, Jasper's girlfriend, beaten and suspended from a tree. Jasper, aware that he is likely to be blamed for Laura's murder, convinces Charlie that they should hide the body.
They throw it into a nearby pond weighing it down with a big boulder. A search for the missing girl is soon organized. The authorities assume she is a run-away.
Jasper is interrogated brutally by the local police but who release him quickly. During this time, tensions rise in the town, while parents fear more disappearances and the townspeople seek someone to blame.
Charlie spends his days with his best friend Jeffrey Lu, a Vietnamese boy who shares Charlie's love for intellectual jokes and deals stoically with the constant racial hatred inflicted on him and his family.
Jeffrey is a cricket enthusiast, but his attempts to join Corrigan's team are thwarted by the racism of the coach and other players.
Eventually, fortune goes his way, and Jeffrey finds himself batting in a game against a rival town, watched by Charlie and Eliza, Laura Wishart's younger sister. As Jeffrey wins the game on the last ball, Charlie and Eliza hold hands and share their first kiss.
Meanwhile, Jasper thinks that Laura's murderer is Mad Jack Lionel, a reclusive old man who is rumored to have done terrible things in the past.
Jasper decides to confront Lionel and, with Charlie, goes to his house. Lionel manages to defuse Jasper's aggression, and the truth is revealed: Lionel is, in fact, Jasper's grandfather.
When Jasper was a baby, Lionel crashed his car while driving Jasper's mother to the hospital, causing her death. The incident left Lionel broken and ostracized by the townspeople.
After the confrontation with Lionel, and late at night, Eliza comes to Charlie's window. Eliza wants Charlie to follow her.
On their midnight ramble, they come across a lone car parked near the river. Eliza pulls Charlie away, and takes Charlie, unexpectedly, to the spot where Laura died.Page 3 of 17 Synopsis Jasper Jones is set in the small, fictional mining town of Corrigan in regional Western initiativeblog.com is and the innocence and isolation of the state is threatened by the draft sending young men to Vietnam and by a serial killer named Eric Edgar Cooke.
"Jasper Jones," written by author Craig Silvey is the story of thirteen year old Charles "Charlie" Bucktin and his struggle to process and live with the fact that he helped Jasper Jones, the town trouble maker, cover up the death of Laura Wishart.
The story takes place in Corrigan, Australia during. N Grant St Little Rock, AR [email protected] Â© Tipton Hurst. Jasper Jones, a novel by Australian writer Craig Silvey, has won and been shortlisted for several major awards including being shortlisted for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award.
The novel was selected by the American Library Association as 'Best Fiction for Young Adults' in their list. About Jasper Jones.
A Michael L. Printz Honor Book Charlie Bucktin, a bookish thirteen year old, is startled one summer night by an urgent knock on his bedroom window. 26 Contemporary Books That Should Be Taught In High School "I was born with a reading list I will never finish." —Maud Casey.