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Jasper Jones Reading Guide S.A. Jones v2 April 2010 http://www.sajones.com.au

Synopsis .................................................................................................................................................. 3 About the Author .................................................................................................................................... 3 Edition Used ............................................................................................................................................ 3 Morality and Ethics ................................................................................................................................. 3 Moral Duality ...................................................................................................................................... 3 Scapegoats .......................................................................................................................................... 5 Morality versus Ethics ......................................................................................................................... 5 Responsibility and Culpability ............................................................................................................. 6 Atonement .......................................................................................................................................... 9 Law and Legality .................................................................................................................................... 10 Race and Ethnicity................................................................................................................................. 11 To Kill a Mockingbird (TKAM)................................................................................................................ 12 Australian Culture ................................................................................................................................. 14 Language and Narrative Technique ...................................................................................................... 15 Suggested Further Reading ................................................................................................................... 16

Designed by S.A. Jones April 2010. http://www.sajones.com.au

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Synopsis
Jasper Jones is set in the small, fictional mining town of Corrigan in regional Western Australia. It is 1965 and the innocence and isolation of the state is threatened by the draft sending young men to Vietnam and by a serial killer named Eric Edgar Cooke. Against this backdrop, thirteen year old Charlie Buktin’s reading is interrupted one suffocatingly hot night by a tapping on his window. It is Jasper Jones, the town’s mixed race ‘bad boy’ and all purpose scapegoat, who has come to ask for Charlie’s help. Together Charlie and Jasper attempt to unravel the mystery of what has happened to Laura Wishart, the Shire President’s missing daughter. In this coming of stage story, Charlie must question his conventional notions of what is right and wrong as he navigates small-town morality, racism and hypocrisy.

About the Author
Craig Silvey is a Western Australian author who was raised on an orchard in Dwellingup, WA. His first novel Rhubarb was released to considerable critical acclaim and was selected as the ‘one book’ by the Perth International Arts Festival in 2005. It has sold more than 18,000 copies to date. Silvey released an illustrated book telling the story of Warren, the guide dog from Rhubarb, in The World According to Warren. Jasper Jones has been longlisted for the Miles Franklin Award and won the Indie Book Award in 2009. Silvey is currently adapting the story for a script. For interviews with Silvey regarding Jasper Jones see:...
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