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Sophia, Palmers Green High School

The Bone Sparrow

You have to read it. It's not just about reading a book, enjoying it and shoving it to the back of your mind where it will eventually be forgotten about over time. 'The Bone Sparrow' is so much more than just a book. Zana Fraillon manages to combine the brutal reality of life in a refugee camp with a gripping story that will have you in tears by the time you have finished it.

'The Bone Sparrow' is cleverly crafted from nine year old Subhi's point of view making it quite a simple read for the reader. Subhi was born inside a refugee camp and has never been outside of it in his life. He befriends a girl named Jimmie who finds her way inside of the refugee camp in the hope of finding someone who can read her mother's book for her.

SPOILER ALERT- I do not think I have ever cried so much when reading a book. You know it's a must-read when you're sitting in bed at eleven o'clock at night with tears streaming down your face and only a few chapters left to go. It was heart-wrenching and slightly terrifying especially when you realise a lot of the events actually happen.

The book (luckily) was not all crying and wake up calls. There were many beautifully innocent moments of childhood presented throughout the novel. It was also hopeful to have the character of Harvey as it showed that not all human beings are despicable and hopeless at showing mercy. This is of course with the exception of the ending when he messed it up and I was actually left feeling like everyone in this world lacks a heart. But for a while at least he was a character who you didn't hate.

Unfortunately, there are many sensitive topics that people are afraid to tackle.
This book is (shamefully) needed so everyone can understand the truth about what we are allowing to happen to innocent people. This book is a message and a cry for change. It is sickening to finally understand what is actually happening in our world and without this book I probably never would have fully comprehended it. Thankfully, there are writers who are not afraid to confront taboos and we need to celebrate their books in the hope to inspire change amongst other people. This poignant novel is not only a brilliant read but a book that will haunt you until you can finally do something that will help.

Posted on: 25th April 2017 at 09:40 pm

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