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Jellicoe Road (Paperback)

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The opening lines of this book hooked me immediately:

“My father took one hundred and thirty-two minutes to die. I counted.”

That raw honesty is carried through the rest of the book. Betrayed numerous times, hurt by family and friends, afraid to hope for love, and reluctant leader of the boarding school gang, 17-year-old Taylor can’t keep it together. She falls apart. The surprise is who is there to help put her back together when she does.

Read it. With a box of tissues.

— Broche


Winner of the Michael L. Printz Award * ALA Best Book for Young Adults * Kirkus Best Book

Jellicoe Road is a dazzling tale that is part love story, part family drama, and part coming-of-age novel. Described by Kirkus as “a beautifully rendered mystery” and by VOYA as “a great choice for more sophisticated readers and those teens who like multifaceted stories and characters.”

Abandoned by her mother on Jellicoe Road when she was eleven, Taylor Markham, now seventeen, is finally being confronted with her past. But as the reluctant leader of her boarding school dorm, there isn't a lot of time for introspection. And while Hannah, the closest adult Taylor has to family, has disappeared, Jonah Griggs, the boy who might be the key to unlocking the secrets for Taylor’s past, is back in town, moody stares and all.

In this absorbing story by Melina Marchetta, nothing is as it seems and every clue leads to more questions as Taylor tries to work out the connection between her mother dumping her; Hannah finding her; Hannah’s sudden departure; a mysterious stranger who once whispered something in her ear; a boy in her dreams; five kids who lived on Jellicoe Road eighteen years ago; and the maddening and magnetic Jonah Griggs, who knows her better than she thinks he does.

If Taylor can put together the pieces of her past, she just might be able to change her future.

About the Author

Melina Marchetta lives in Sydney. She is also the author of the award-winning novels Saving Francesca, Looking For Alibrandi, and Finnikin of the Rock. Looking For Alibrandi was released as a major Australian film.

Praise For…

A beautifully rendered mystery.—
— Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“Melina Marchetta has a knack for writing stories that swallow you up and refuse to let you go until you’ve read every last word....Marchetta is a master at creating intriguing characters and her stories are heartfelt.”—
— Sydney Morning Herald on JELLICOE ROAD

Product Details
ISBN: 9780062998408
ISBN-10: 0062998404
Publisher: HarperTeen
Publication Date: April 27th, 2021
Pages: 432
Language: English