Thursday, July 14, 2011

Jasper Jones by Craig Silvey

Jasper Jones by Craig Silvey
312 pages

This book made me feel stoopid!
Loved the story line...Jasper Jones, the town bad boy, knocks on Charlie's bedroom window in the middle of the night. He leads him to his secret spot in the woods, to the dead body of a local girl. Jasper enlists Charlie's help in hiding the body until they can find who has done this horrific crime. Because, of course, no one will ever believe that Jasper did nothing more than find her strung up and beaten. Very suspenseful, with some great twists, but...
The book is filled with Australian vernacular...and cricket terms. Not the insect. The game. I am obviously not Australian, and I could just barely point out a cricket ball in a lineup. I got so very lost (might have been easier if we weren't pulling late nights with boy scout camp) and I will admit, it hurt just a little bit in my head. I am not sure if I could have finished it if I weren't going for the goal of reading 225 books this year.

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