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Nathan, Sir Harry Smith Community College

The Bone Sparrow

This book was meant to be a tragic and emotional story, but it was not until the end when I really felt emotion for the characters, and it wasn't until the end when I found that there was tragedy. But then, at that point I just couldn't put it down, because I needed to find out what happened at the end.

Bone Sparrow is a story based on the true sufferings of Rohingya people, an ethnic Muslim minority who lived in Myanmar, but were then sent as refugees to these detention camps with harsh conditions. They were persecuted and people tried to wipe them off the face of the earth. They were unwanted, put in camps so people forgot they existed. Subhi, the main character, is a Rohingya child, who has spent all his life in this camp. He was born there. Whilst everyone else has given up on having hope of escaping, Subhi still holds onto the hope that he has got. After Jimmie came to him from Outside, Subhi's life changes forever. That's what the bone sparrow means. Hope and change.

I liked the talking Shakespeare duck. It gave the story some humour, and I thought it was quite a sarcastic duck, who has his own view of the world where, in some places, ducks ruled the country and the people that lived there.

I also liked this story because it is realisticly written, and it's in first person, showing all of of Subhi's feelings, making it seem more real. I think it inspires hope and joy in exceeding hardships and struggles. I would recommend it to someone who likes 'the Boy in the Striped Pyjamas' or stories like it. It's a good book.

Posted on: 15th June 2017 at 04:30 pm

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