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Yes! I am an explorer! And so are you!
Unexpectedly stumbling upon and falling in love with an unsung book is like finding money in the back pocket of your jeans. It's exciting because you feel like a pioneer who has uncovered a priceless treasure. I don't discover many "little known" books on my own, but when I do, I want to share what I've found. That's why I wanted to create this meme. Some books just don't get the hype they deserve and I want to remedy that as much as possible. So here is a book that definitely deserves more attention that I want to recommend to everybody.

I'm dreaming of the boy in the tree. I tell him stories. About the Jellicoe School and the Townies and the Cadets from a school in Sydney. I tell him about the war between us for territory. And I tell him about Hannah, who lives in the unfinished house by the river. Hannah, who is too young to be hiding away from the world. Hannah, who found me on the Jellicoe Road six years ago. Taylor is leader of the boarders at the Jellicoe School. She has to keep the upper hand in the territory wars and deal with Jonah Griggs - the enigmatic leader of the cadets, and someone she thought she would never see again. And now Hannah, the person Taylor had come to rely on, has disappeared. Taylor's only clue is a manuscript about five kids who lived in Jellicoe eighteen years ago. She needs to find out more, but this means confronting her own story, making sense of her strange, recurring dream, and finding her mother - who abandoned her on the Jellicoe Road. The moving, joyous and brilliantly compelling new novel from the best-selling, multi-award-winning author of Looking for Alibrandi and Saving Francesca.

Title: On the Jellicoe Road
Author: Melina Marchetta
Released: August 2006
Why You Should Read It: Maybe this book has been on shelves so long that I missed the original hype and excitement it received, but these days, not enough people know about this jewel of a book. I read this book in one session and wanted to cry and laugh and hug Melina Marchetta. It's that good. It's a mystery and a romance and a tragedy and a growing up story and it reminded why I love to read in the first place. AND THE WRITING! There are so many quotes that squeezed my heart and seemed to capture the entirety of what it means to be a human being. But when you figure out what's really happening-- when you figure out how everything is connected, it's like a bomb going off in your head. Few books can really surprise me, and this one did. And I loved every second of it.

I don't know what else to say. I know I'm not doing this book justice. Just know you should look it up and give it a try yourself. 

If you have read the book, help me out! Why should this book be on everyone's shelf? 

If you have any other books you think are too often overlooked, share in the comments! And I'll see you again soon. 

Explore on!

Oh hello there! My name is Emily, though some of you may know me as the Bookie Monster. As the name would suggest, I devour books like the Cookie Monster devours cookies. In my spare time, I like to bake cookies (and devour those as well) and dream about taking over the world. As if my book obsession wasn't life consuming enough,

I work in the children's room at my local library and I am currently a sophomore in college majoring in English. It's safe to say I'm a bit of a book fanatic. I discreetly shed a few tears on my eleventh birthday when I did not receive my Hogwarts acceptance letter and I waited seven hours outside in the rain just to get a good seat at the Hunger Games midnight premiere. I'm terrified of blood and Disney movies make me cry (in a good way). My passions include hippos, hugs, and Hans Zimmer…and uh,long walks on the beach. I'm just a normal girl w
ith a slightly abnormal and frightfully expensive obsession. Nice to meet you!


  1. Oh man. I hear ya. This book needs all the love. I've read and re-read it a number of times already and it destroys me each and every single time! I love Melina Marchetta. That woman can do no wrong in my eyes.

  2. I think I actually have this book somewhere in my mountain of a TBR pile. I believe I saw a review for it that convinced me to buy it, but if not, I will be picking it up after reading this. ;)

  3. This book has been very popular, especially when it first released. Also, many bloggers will recommend it as one of their favorite reads. Its supposed to have an uncanny twist to it. I've not read it myself but each year tell myself I need to find the time to read this. I'm happy to see you enjoyed it. I hope you continue the meme. It seems like it would be popular.

  4. This book is one of my all time favorites, so unique and beautiful. I am glad to see you loved it :)


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