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On the Jellicoe Road

By Melina Marchetta

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Format: Paperback, 304 pages
Published In: Australia, 01 February 2010
Taylor Markham is not a popular choice. She is erratic, has no people skills and never turns up to meetings. Not to mention the incident when she ran off in search of her mother and only got halfway there. But she's lived at Jellicoe School most of her life and as leader of the boarders that's her greatest asset. Especially now the cadets, led by the infamous Jonah Griggs, have arrived. The territory wars between the boarders, townies and cadets are about to recommence. But Taylor has other things on her mind: a prayer tree, the hermit who whispered in her ear, and a vaguely familiar drawing in the local police station. Taylor wants to understand the mystery of her own past. But Hannah, the woman who found her, has suddenly disappeared, leaving nothing but an unfinished manuscript about five kids whose lives entwined twenty years ago on the Jellicoe Road ...

About the Author

Melina Marchetta's first novel, Looking for Alibrandi, swept the pool of literary awards for young adult fiction in 1993, winning the Children's Book Council of Australia (CBCA) Book of the Year Award (Older Readers) among many others. In 2000 it was released as a major Australian film, winning an AFI award and an Independent Film Award for best screenplay as well as the NSW Premier's Literary Award and the Film Critics Circle of Australia Award. Melina taught secondary school English and History for ten years, during which time she released her second novel, Saving Francesca, in 2003, followed by On the Jellicoe Road in 2006, and Finnikin of the Rock in 2008. Saving Francesca won the CBC Book of the Year Award for Older Readers. On the Jellicoe Road was also published in the US as Jellicoe Road, and it won the prestigious American Library Association's Michael L Printz Award for Excellence in Young Adult Literature in 2009. In 2008, Melina's first work of fantasy, Finnikin of the Rock, won the Aurealis Award for Best Young Adult Novel and was shortlisted for the 2009 CBCA Award for Older Readers. Melina's novels have been published in more than sixteen countries and twelve languages.

EAN: 9780143011194
ISBN: 0143011197
Publisher: Penguin Books Australia
Dimensions: 19.7 x 13 x 2.2 centimeters (0.37 kg)
Age Range: 10-14 years
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Sam Cluning on
 
Loved this book! I bought it knowing how much I had enjoyed Looking for Alibrandi many, many years ago and was hoping Jellicoe Road would be just as enjoyable. The story twists in and out of two characters. One is Taylor, a teenage girl with more than a few hang-ups thanks to being abandoned by her mother and the other is Narnie who also lost her parents in a car crash. Taylor's story is present day and Narnie's is past. I was kept guessing until the end as to how the two stories would merge. While it is aimed at young adults it still provided a good read and had me hooked right until the end.
Anita Tipene on
 
This story makes me ache... in a good way. It is brilliantly compelling!!

It starts a bit slow and a bit choppy, but once the story unfolds, once you start to delve deeper into the characters and the tragedy of their lives, it reveals a truly heart breaking story of love and innocence and family and loss...it just... made me cry.

It's a beautifully, emotional journey and I wish the story was longer because I didn't want to leave the characters behind.

I highly recommend this for a read!! Five stars!!!

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