This title by Melina Marchetta is a truly beautiful young adult book sitting in the cross over to adult fiction, and is definitely a stand out read of my teenage years. The complex main character is 17 year old Taylor Markham, whose at a boarding school called the Jellicoe School in New South Wales. She has practically no memory of her father and was abandoned roadside by her mother as a young girl. On The Jellicoe Road is Taylor’s story, as she tries to untangle the mystery of her past.
At school, holding positions of responsibility that seem of little consequence to her, Taylor has power despite not being particularly popular, known to be unreliable and distant. Taylor must lead Jellicoe in the territory wars between the Jellicoe school and the Cadets who are from a school in Sydney along with the Townies. The leader of the Cadets, Jonah Griggs is a strong and eventually important male character which helps the book appeal to boys more than Marchetta’s previous books.
Written parallel to Taylor’s story is excerpts from a manuscript written by the woman who found Taylor who lives on the school grounds, Hannah. Hannah is the only adult that Taylor has any faith in, faith which is ripped away when Hannah disappears early in the book, which really throws the fragile Taylor for a loop. The story is of five teens who lived on the Jellicoe road twenty years before the relevance of which is cloudy at first but becomes more and more intriguing until you just can’t figure it out and can’t wait for all to be revealed.
The story has a mix of romance, mystery and a whole lot of tension. As the book progresses at times painfully slowly, readers must be patient as all the signposts and clues come together. Taylor’s erratic journey to grow from a conflicted and confused teenage into a calm and collected young woman is tumultuous and, as a reader, absolutely riveting.
So it’s Geelong and St Kilda as most people suspected some time ago. Congratulations and commiserations! And the Wallabies got hammered in New Zealand – again! Luckily our cricketers are winning [ if anyone's interested in the one day series against the Poms!]
Our shop window’s had a bit of makeover with a ‘Spring’ theme and there are lots of new books to see. Have a look as you’re passing by and let us know what you like [or don't]. You might have seen the Popular Penguin series – Books from the last century, re-released in the old style Penguin jacket from the 1950s. We also have Mugs and Notebooks in the same style but you’ll have to be quick! We have very few Mugs left.
Dan Brown’s new blockbuster , The Lost Symbol, is in store now and going fast – not quite like the infamous Da Vinci Code or the last Harry Potter but very popular all around the world with queues at book shops in London, New York and Abu Dhabi [I expect]. It’s an impressive hardback edition – You might find it cheaper on-line or in a supermarket somewhere but not with such helpful, informative staff, in your local shopping strip, surrounded by so many other good shops and restaurants!
New from Dan Brown
Don’t forget that we also stock a few CDs – We don’t stock the top ten and we’re not trying to compete with JB but we have a few interesting albums including pop, rock and jazz – we can often get CDs in to special order.
Talking of sounds, we also sell Audio Books – these are mostly CD based but there are some tapes too. CD books can get quite expensive e.g the Harry Potter series read/acted by Stephen Fry but we also have a range of books from Bolinda which are the same price (or close to it) as the original book. Great in the car in the traffic or on long trips. Great too for those with short arms like me and too lazy to find the reading glasses again! My friend with macular degeneration loves them.
Have a good Sunday and I hope next week serves you well.