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Kingston Libraries Virtual Book Group

Kingston Libraries Virtual Book Group is a brand new program delivered online!

The purpose of this book group is to provide book lovers with a space to discuss a diverse range of books at a time and place convenient to them. Each month we will announce a new book, and all you need to do is read the book and join the discussion!

To join Kingston Libraries Virtual Book Group:

  • Click on the below button to Visit Kingston Libraries Virtual Book Group on Facebook;
  • Click on the Join Group button.

Once you have requested to join the group, a library staff member will soon review and approve your request.

Please note: If you have not already, you will be required to sign into Facebook.

November Book

'Jasper Jones'
by Craig Silvey

Blurb: Late on a hot summer night in the tail end of 1965, Charlie Bucktin, a precocious and bookish boy of thirteen, is startled by an urgent knock on the window of his sleep-out. His visitor is Jasper Jones, an outcast in the regional mining town of Corrigan. Rebellious, mixed-race and solitary, Jasper is a distant figure of danger and intrigue for Charlie. So when Jasper begs for his help, Charlie eagerly steals into the night by his side, terribly afraid but desperate to impress.

Jasper takes him through town and to his secret glade in the bush, and it's here that Charlie bears witness to Jasper's horrible discovery. With his secret like a brick in his belly, Charlie is pushed and pulled by a town closing in on itself in fear and suspicion as he locks horns with his tempestuous mother, falls nervously in love and battles to keep a lid on his zealous best friend, Jeffrey Lu.

And in vainly attempting to restore the parts that have been shaken loose, Charlie learns to discern the truth from the myth, and why white lies creep like a curse. In the simmering summer where everything changes, Charlie learns why the truth of things is so hard to know, and even harder to hold in his heart.

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General Information and Conditions of Participation

This book group is moderated by Kingston Libraries staff. Rules for being a member are simple:

  • Please keep the tone of the conversation respectful at all times and the language family-friendly;
  • Kingston Libraries reserve the right to bar anyone who doesn't adhere to these guidelines.

All books will be downloadable from our BorrowBox eBook and eAudiobook collections. A new title will be posted at the beginning of each month and you will be able to borrow the book for 21 days.