“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)
Jones S 2010. Jasper Jones Reading Guide
BookRags (plot summary, characters, themes, style, quotes)
Jasper Jones Reading Group Guide, Allen & Unwin
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
Prezi presentation on Racism in Jasper Jones (click ‘Transcript’ below for the full text of the speech).