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Carina, John Mason School - Abingdon

The Bone Sparrow

The Bone Sparrow is a story of Subhi, a boy born in a refugee detention centre.Subhi and his sister Queeny and his Ma live in a tent along with many other refugees, but unlike the others Subhi has never even seen beyond the barbed wire fence and he longs for the sea and to be reunited with his Ba. All he knows about the world beyond the fence is from the stories they share and the treasures that he believes are from his Ba that keep mysteriously appearing.

Although his story is heart wrenching and brutally honest, with each horrific detail described so powerfully and in no way sugar coated, I feel, like the author, that it is something the world needs to wake up to and acknowledge.This book was so compelling and it really angered me at the injustice of it all but the surprising sparks of hope that peep through reassure you that humanity has some kindness left and that we have not all forgotten that we are, at the end of the day, all only human.

This story is so moving and after reading the afterword I was really shocked that these barbaric conditions are a reality in some parts of the world. At this very moment, as I am writing, innocent children and adults, who are just seeking a place to live where they can be free from war and the horrors of their past life, are being imprisoned in these camps with little water or food and disgustingly unhygienic conditions that no-one should have to endure, EVER.

This is a book unlike any I have ever read before with themes of family, friendship, storytelling, hurt and hope which is so addictive you can’t put it down once you’ve picked it up.

Posted on: 26th April 2017 at 04:58 pm

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