Irish writer Sarah Crossan has worked as an English ad Drama teacher and is the author of the wonderful verse novels Toffee, The weight of Water and One.
This novel has been compared to the classic To Kill a Mockingbird and it shares many of the same themes and issues, although this is a very Australian story. Highly recommended for Year 10 and above.
Jasper Jones has also been made into a successful stage play and film.
Novels in this genre often contain themes of growing up, or the confronting of personal or social problems. Characters are often portrayed coming to understand themselves and others. Some novels are light-hearted or they can be intense and mature reads. This genre includes school stories, people of other cultures stories and family stories.
One of our most popular books is this story of Mark, his friend Jessie and his dog Beau. Mark dreams of one day of climbing Mt Rainier and a diagnosis of cancer isn’t going to stop him.
This is a wonderful story but you might need the tissues!
"No-one escapes thirteen unscathed - not even the best looking, most popular people with straight white teeth. The best you can do is be true to yourself, even when everything's changing." (Goodreads)
Books in this series explore some of the challenges of being thirteen.
John Green Answers Your John Green Questions
The Library also has the true story of Esther Earl who inspired John Green to write The Fault in Our Stars.
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