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Top 40 Book Club : December 2009
27 JASPER JONES CRAIG SILVEY The mining town of Corrigan holds many secrets. Rebellious Jasper Jones shoulders their burden, not knowing or understanding their origin. One summer night, following the grim disappearance of a local girl, he reaches out to Charlie Bucktin for help and reassurance after finding a body in the local woods. Charlie goes with Jasper, terribly apprehensive but desperate to impress his friend. Love, trust, courage and friendship define the relationships between Jasper, Charlie, Eliza (the dead girl's sister) and Jeffrey (a Vietnamese boy who is Charlie's best friend). This novel is more than just a murder mystery, it is a reflection of the complex issues of love, fear and bigotry that simmered in small town Australia in the 1960's. This novel has been described as an Australian To Kill a Mockingbird. ' the mining town of Corrigan holds many secrets. Jasper Jones shoulders their burden'