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Jellicoe Road Summary & Study Guide

Melina Marchetta
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"Jellicoe Road" is a young adult novel written by Melina Marchetta. It involves the coming-of-age story of seventeen year-old Taylor Markham during a year of attending the Jellicoe School.

When Taylor Markam is eleven, her mother abandons her at a 7-11 convenience store. A few moments later, Taylor is found by a woman named Hannah, who becomes a guardian to her, and sees to it that Taylor is enrolled at the elite, but state-run Jellicoe School, outside the town of Jellicoe, Australia. Taylor is haunted by her past, and tries to escape the school when she is fourteen with a boy named Jonah Griggs. Griggs is a member of the Sydney-based cadets who camp out at the school every year for a life-education camp. Taylor and Griggs are shortly caught by the Brigadier and returned to the school.

Three years pass. Taylor often visits Hannah, who is building a house on land by the river near the school. Hannah is also working on a manuscript about students who attend Jellicoe School in the 1980s. The rest of the land is divided up into territory between three warring factions: Students who board at the school, students who commute to the school from town, and the Cadets. Taylor is elected to lead the boarding school faction, and Griggs is elected to lead the Cadets.Over the next few weeks, Taylor and Griggs begin a romance as Hannah goes missing. Griggs agrees to go with Taylor to Sydney to find her mother.

In Sydney, Taylor discovers that her mother was checked out of the hospice she was registered out by Jude Scanlon, the Brigadier, a former romantic flame of Hannah's. Hannah, Jude, Taylor's mother and father, and a boy named Fitz are all the characters in Hannah's manuscript. Taylor's father was killed when he was seventeen, and Taylor's mother became a drug-addicted prostitute who gave her up to Hannah, Taylor's father's sister. Dying of cancer, Taylor's mother returns and is free of any addictions to live with Taylor and Hannah in Hannah's house.

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