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Indigo, Holsworthy Community College

The Bone Sparrow

The Bone Sparrow has less to do with bones and sparrow, and a lot more to do with that childish naivety and unquestionable hope which we all have, and which drives us to aspire for more.

The story follows Subhi and Jimmie, two polar opposite people who find friendship in one another.

Subhi lives in an immigration detention center, where he was born, and knows nothing about the outside world - only the cruelty and neglect he and his mother and sister face on a daily basis.

Jimmie lives outside the fence. She barely sees her father because he has to go away for days at a time because of his job and her mother is dead - the only relic of her is a story Jimmie can't understand because she never learnt to read.

The story really starts when things heat up in the immigration detention centre, and people begin to think of rebellion against the oppressive "Jackets", just as Subhi and Jimmie begin to be good friends. I won't spoil the plot, but it is very exciting - but also very sad.

The ending fills me with hope, though, and despite how horrible it feels to know that somewhere, this kind of thing is happening, but it's also very hopeful. The story is told through a child's eyes - of course they're always going to stay hopeful.

The story raises many issues and tells the tale from a perspective we don't really see in media coverage of a refugee's story. I would recommend this book because I want to spread the word about what's really happening. Life isn't sunshine and daisies - but we still have hope.

My rating: 3.5 stars. It was a compelling gem of a book, but it certainly wasn't the best I've ever read. Though, I have read quite a few books, so don't take it personally.

I hope you found my review informative and if you choose to read this book, I hope you enjoy it like I did!

-Indigo

Posted on: 16th April 2017 at 04:38 pm

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