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MrsP, Ockbrook School

The Bone Sparrow

Subhi's voice is mesmerising. Subhi is a refugee in an immigration detention centre in Australia. Actually Subhi was born there. Subhi lives with families and individuals who have, for their own reasons, left their countries and cultures and taken refuge on the shores of Australia - though it could be Greece, or Calais, or the UK, or Germany. He is desperate for stories from other refugees of their previous life, the stories that connect their culture, stories that lived outside the fence of the detention centre they are all in, stories that he can believe in and treasure as he has none of his own.
Remember how I said Subhi was born in the detention centre? Well, he's still in the same detention centre with his mother and sister on his 12th birthday as we hear his story. That's a very sad fact. He measures his height by the number of diamond shapes in the security fence and all his experiences are tied to life within those fences.
Jimmie lives outside the fence but stories bind them together and their friendship is magical.

It is a beautiful, sad, relevant book and I wish everyone would read it.

(I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to review this book for Toppsta back in November 2016)

Posted on: 17th March 2017 at 12:34 pm

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