“Protagonist Charlie Bucktin is a thirteen-year-old boy living in the regional mining town of Corrigan. He reflects that he is somewhat socially awkward, being uncoordinated in a town that values sporting ability. He is relatively intelligent – a fact which causes the other students to resent him. His best friend is Jeffrey Lu, a Vietnamese boy who, along with his parents, experiences racial discrimination throughout the novel. On a summer evening in 1965, Charlie is visited by fourteen-year-old Jasper Jones, an outcast in Corrigan due to his mixed White-Aboriginal heritage. Jasper takes Charlie to his secret glade in the bush where Charlie bears witness to a terrible discovery.” (Wikipedia)
Here are some resources to help you understand the novel:
Combined reviews of Jasper Jones (clink on hot links to read whole reviews)
Huffington Post Review – ‘Jasper Jones is the Classic Australian Tale we Needed’
Jones S 2010. Jasper Jones Reading Guide
BookRags (plot summary, characters, themes, style, quotes)
Jasper Jones, a novel by Craig Silvey by M. Williams IN The Monthly, May, No.45.
Interview with Craig Silvey, write up by Tony Birch
Jasper Jones Study Guide (LitCharts)
Themes and examples – Jasper Jones (Mindmap)
Prezi presentation on Racism in Jasper Jones (click ‘Transcript’ below for the full text of the speech).