On the Jellicoe Road

by | Read by Rebecca Macauley

Published by Bolinda Audio

Taylor Markham is now a senior at the Jellicoe School, and has been made leader of the boarders.

She is responsible for keeping the upper hand in the territory wars with the townies, and the cadets who camp on the edge of the school's property over summer. She has to keep her students safe and the territories enforced and to deal with Jonah Griggs—the leader of the cadets and someone she'd rather forget.

But what she needs to do, more than anything, is unravel the mystery of her past and find her mother—who abandoned her on the Jellicoe Road six years before.

The only connection to her past, Hannah, the woman who found her, has now disappeared, too, and the only clue Taylor has about Hannah and her mother's past is a partially written manuscript about a group of five kids from the Jellicoe School, twenty years ago.

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AudioFile Review

On the Jellicoe Road

Taylor Markham, an Australian high school student, spends her senior year trying to make sense of her personal history in this well-crafted coming-of-age story. The plot builds smartly as connections are made and seemingly unrelated pieces slot into place. Rebecca Macauley guides and compels the listener as the narrative jumps back and forth in time and switches point of view. She's equally believable as kid and adult, as teen boy and teen girl, and she's especially adept at communicating the full, riotous range of teen emotion. The mood swings, from sarcastic to despairing to intimate to playful and back again, could have been overdone, but instead they feel authentic every step of the way. J.M.D. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award © AudioFile 2009, Portland, Maine

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