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The Bone Sparrow

The Bone Sparrow is a children’s book written by Zana Fraillon following a nine year old boy, Subhi who has lived in a detention center his entire life and has never seen past the fences into the real world. I found this book quite an interesting one with quite a different take on this genre which, despite enjoying, I would prefer if the book had a more serious approach on the situation as I lacked to find true depth and emotion in the story.

The main characters consist of Subhi, his sister Queeny, his best friend Eli and his new friend Jimmy who does not live in the detention center but in the real world. One of the aspects of the book that I enjoyed was how around half way into the book, chapters began to randomly alternate between Jimmy and Subhi which gave me a chance to have a better understanding of both Jimmy’s character and the true difference between their lives.

However, I found that the author didn’t stick to one age category throughout as some of the story consists of rather upsetting and serious events but then the author started talking about a rubber duck and ‘The Night Sea’ which I found ruined the emotional and serious atmosphere and instead gave the story a more immature and fantasizing theme.

Overall, I did enjoy the book but I was quite disappointed that it wasn’t the quite moving story I expected from this genre of book and its high reviews. Although I would recommend this book, I probably would not recommend it to my friends or family but more so people of the ages 10-11.

Posted on: 26th April 2017 at 09:50 pm

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