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Muntaha Nadeem, Oxted

The Bone Sparrow

In an Immigration Detention Centre a boy named Subhi is a refugee born in the Centre and all that his life consisted of was being behind fences.
He has an imagination larger than himself. Life in the Centre is dull and boring and the one thing that keeps everyone from giving up is the memories and stories from the past. When he meets Jimmie a young girl from the outside, desperately needing someone to read out her late mother’s stories, he offers.
The bone sparrow actually is a sparrow carved from bone that has been in Jimmie’s family for a very long time. It symbolises hope, protection and courage. Jimmie is now the owner of this ‘bird’, but once she sees the conditions of the Centre she believes that Subhi needs it more.
I really enjoyed this book and loved how it was written.It is very emotional and the ending is so bitter-sweet that it leaves a mixed array of emotions

Posted on: 23rd March 2017 at 05:21 pm

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