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Isabelle, St Bede's Inter-Church School

The Bone Sparrow

The Bone Sparrow is a touching book, calling for help for asylum seekers, so naturally is driven by strong, varied characters. While the characters are clearly representative ("here's an example of a humanitarian guard" "here's an example of a poor boy who has known nothing but the camps"). They also succeed in being deeply personal and easy to empathize with. They are both alien to the reader, living in conditions so different from what most of us consider normal, and yet the they are also familiar. A sharp reminder that the characters are just children like every other child you know.
It is a book driven by the characters and so you feel for them, the narrative itself is engaging and convincing, and the book does it's job in reminding us all that the asylum seekers we see in the news are people just like us.

Posted on: 17th April 2017 at 08:23 pm

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