#LoveOzYA Throwback Thursday (#12)

Throwback Thursday #LoveOzYA edition is our way of spreading the love of backlist Aussie books that you might have missed. We'll hopefully be posting a new book each week, and we'd love you to join us!

Jade’s pick

Title: Jasper Jones 
Author: Craig Silvey
Released: March 1st 2009
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
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Late on a hot summer night in 1965, Charlie Bucktin, a precocious and bookish boy of thirteen, is startled by an urgent knock on the window of his sleep-out. His visitor is Jasper Jones, an outcast in the regional mining town of Corrigan.

Rebellious, mixed-race and solitary, Jasper is a distant figure of danger and intrigue for Charlie. So when Jasper begs for his help, Charlie eagerly steals into the night by his side, terribly afraid but desperate to impress. Jasper takes him to his secret glade in the bush, and it's here that Charlie bears witness to Jasper's horrible discovery.

With his secret like a brick in his belly, Charlie is pushed and pulled by a town closing in on itself in fear and suspicion as he locks horns with his tempestuous mother; falls nervously in love and battles to keep a lid on his zealous best friend, Jeffrey Lu.

And in vainly attempting to restore the parts that have been shaken loose, Charlie learns to discern the truth from the myth, and why white lies creep like a curse.

In the simmering summer where everything changes, Charlie learns why the truth of things is so hard to know, and even harder to hold in his heart.
why I chose it

I first read this book for my year twelve theatre class and I wasn’t the biggest fan, it was good, but it wasn’t until I saw the live show that I understood many of the themes that are in this book. There’s mystery, deceit, racism, friendship and first love, all told in the point of view of a thirteen-year-old – which the author does a great job of giving Charlie a unique voice and incorporating these into what life in Australia was like in the 1960’s.

The unique writing style of the author appeals to all readers while the dramatic opening and dark insight to Australian society makes readers want to find out what happens next. 

As you take on this coming of age journey with Charlie you remember your own curiosities and adventures as a child, which is why I chose this as my pick for this week’s Throwback Thursday! Happy reading 💖

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Fierce Fragile Hearts: Blog Tour

The #AusYABloggers in collaboration with Pan Macmillan Australia, bring you the Fierce Fragile Hearts by Sara Barnard blog tour

The tour runs from February 11th until February 15th 2019 and includes some of our Australian and New Zealand bloggers, Instagrammers and Youtubers.

Fierce Fragile Hearts is the stunning companion novel to Sara Barnard’s YA bestseller Beautiful Broken Things. It is about leaving the past behind, the friends who form your future, and learning to find love, in all its forms.
Two years after a downward spiral took her as low as you can possibly go, Suzanne is starting again. Again. She’s back in Brighton, the only place she felt she belonged, back with her best friends Caddy and Rosie. But they’re about to leave for university. When your friends have been your light in the darkness, what happens when you’re the one left behind?
Sara Barnard lives in Brighton and does all her best writing on trains. She loves books, book people and book things. She has been writing ever since she was too small to reach the 'on' switch on the family's Amstrad computer. She gets her love of words from her dad, who made sure she always had books to read and introduced her to the wonders of second-hand bookshops at a young age.

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