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Jasper Jones: Context
Jasper Jones: Plot Summary
Jasper Jones: Detailed Summary & Analysis
Jasper Jones: Themes
Jasper Jones: Quotes
Jasper Jones: Characters
Jasper Jones: Symbols
Jasper Jones: Theme Wheel
Brief Biography of Craig Silvey
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- Full Title: Jasper Jones
- Where Written: Fremantle, Australia
- When Published: 3 Oct, 2009
- Literary Period: The young adult “boom”
- Genre: Gothic, young adult, Bildungsroman
- Setting: Corrigan, Australia
- Climax: Charlie discovers how Laura Wishart died.
- Antagonist: Pete Wishart / Warwick Trent / the racist townspeople
- Point of View: First person
Extra Credit for Jasper Jones
Rock star: Silvey may have carved out a place for himself in the literary world, but he’s arguably best known as the lead singer and songwriter for the Australian indie band The Nancy Sikes. Even the name of Silvey’s band betrays his literary predilections—Nancy Sikes is a character from Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens.
Readers of all ages: It’s hard to classify Jasper Jones’s target audience—while it’s about children, and has a charmingly mysterious tone, it’s full of dark, disturbing events that aren’t exactly suitable for young readers. Silvey is no stranger to writing books for young readers, though—his second book, The World According to Warren, is a picture book about a dog.