TITLE: On the Jellicoe Road
AUTHOR: Melina Marchetta
NARRATOR: Rebecca Macauley
PUBLISHER: Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd
PUBLISHED DATE: February 9, 2009
LISTENING LENGTH: 8 hours and 53 minutes
This book won the 2009 Printz Award for Outstanding Young Adult Literature.
It didn't do it for me, but it's an interesting book. Taylor is 17 years old, and attends a boarding school in Australia. Abandoned by her mother when she was 11 year old, her family is her classmates, and Hannah, the headmistress who disappears to write. With faint memories of her father, and not knowing where her mother is or why she left her, Hannah runs away at 14 to find her mother. A brigadier brings her back to the school, but Taylor still needs to know what happened to her mother. Taylor discover's Hannah's writings. Hannah writes about 5 kids who disappeared in the 1980's. Taylor tries to figure out if these characters have anything to do with her mother at all.
Recommendation: This book did win an award - so you may feel differently than I did. Go on and give it a try.
Audience: Young Adults