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If you could sum up Jasper Jones in three words, what would they be?
Heartfelt teen murder-mystery
What was one of the most memorable moments of Jasper Jones?
The main character's mention of To Kill a Mockingbird draws an obvious parallel to this novel.
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This is one of the best modern Australian novels according to several lists. The main characters are highschool age and it probably should be classified as a young adult read but its vivid action kept this elder absorbed to the last line. It's a contemporary murder mystery with a Huck Finn character at centre and plenty of trendy social problems such as sexual abuse of children and philandering parents. The hero's mother is one of the most refreshingly nasty female characters I've encountered in a good while. It's read with appropriate nasal twanging and the odd roo thumping around but apart from that could have taken place in any North American small town--except for the many long unintelligible accounts of cricket games. I would happily read another book by Mr. Silvey.
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