On the Jellicoe Road is a riveting young adult novel written in 2006 by Melina Marchetta. The novel follows the story of Taylor Lily Markham who was unfortunately abandoned by her parents as a young child. As she grows up, her guardian Hannah is the only one who really seems to care for her until one day when Hannah simply disappears.
This 432-page novel won the Michael L. Printz award for excellence in young adult literature. During reading the novel, I was reminded to be grateful for living the life I have. Taylor’s struggles, although difficult, are enlightening in the end.
The reading level for this book would be high school because of some mature content. On the Jellicoe Road will be a great addition for any summer reading list and I would highly recommend it.
Reviewed by Mallorey W., grade 9
Editor's note: Although the broad classification would be realistic fiction, you could call this one of the "boarding school genre" books, and also a mystery and a coming of age novel! Melina Marchetta is a versatile writer, with several realistic fiction novels and also a fantasy trilogy. Try some of them!