On the Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta
Release date: 1 February 2010 by Penguin Australia
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 …
I stumbled upon this Australian version of On the Jellicoe Road and fell in love with the cover. It’s amazing how a cover can make a big difference. I love this cover so much more than the US cover! Isn’t it gorgeous? Yeah, I’m aware I’m repeating myself. Sorry. 😛
US readers, it is known as Jellicoe Road in US and it’s already out! This book has won the Printz award too!
Look at what Maggie Stiefvater has to say about Jellicoe Road:
And she was. It ties up beautifully in the end, and there’s a scene which even made me shed a tear — me, who has not cried since THE TIME TRAVELER’S WIFE (three tears) and while writing my second novel SHIVER (one tear from each eye) — and I’m left feeling just about cheerful about everything in the book though it was not a Hollywood happy ending by any stretch.
I’m a big fan of books that make you cry.