Jeffrey Lu from Jasper Jones by Craig Silvey
I think the most apt description of this story is the Australian version of ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’. It’s been nominated for thousands of awards and it’s such a modern take on Australian life out in a quiet Western Australian town.
Jeffrey Lu is the side kick to Charlie Bucktin, who is the protagonist but not the titular character so Jeffrey’s really far down the character pecking order. I love Jeffrey’s good humour, quiet resilience, bravery and loyalty. He stands out, yet doesn’t still attention away from Charlie and Jasper. He has his own plot and adventures that tie in nicely with Charlie’s. I would have loved to have a friend like him growing up.