Shadasia BellED 312Dr. CooperFebruary 12, 2015Jellicoe RoadTaylor Markham was eleven years old when her mother abandoned her at the 7/11 on Jellicoe Road. She was picked up and taken to the Jellicoe School by Hannah, who has looked after her since then. From that day on, Taylor has wondered who her mother really is…Now, Taylor is seventeen and is chosen as the leader of the boarders at the Jellicoe School. There is a secret on-going territory war between the Townies, the Cadets, and the students at the Jellicoe School. The wars take place in September every year when the Cadets come down from Sydney. Hannah disappears just as Taylor becomes leader. Hannah leaves behind odd texts and as Taylor reads the texts, she begins to understand that Hannah’s story is connected to her own. The texts tell the tale of five children who started the territory wars on the Jellicoe Road.Meanwhile, Taylor has fallen for Jonah Griggs, the leader of the Cadets. Unfortunately, Jonah is off limits because he is the leader of the Cadets. Taylor and Jonah, however, have a complex history. They ran away together when they were fourteen. Taylor was trying to find her mother, and Jonah was trying to escape the guilt and confusion he felt about something he did to his abusive father. Jonah got scared and turned them in. In the end, all loose ends are tied and Taylor finally discovers the truth about her past.
The story takes place in Australia on Jellicoe Road. Melina Marchetta creates vivid