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Millie Pratley, Chobham Academy Book Group

The Bone Sparrow

Zana Fraillon's 'The Bone Sparrow' is a beautiful, moving and powerful novel that will surely make you appreciate how lucky you really are. It captures the harsh and cruel environment of a detention centre perfectly, giving you a true understanding of what it's like to live as a refugee, and of all the hardships that they face.

The majority of the book tells the tale of Subhi, a young refugee that has lived in these terrible conditions for the whole of his life. Alongside his mother, sister and best friend, he yearns for even a second of freedom in the world beyond the fence. His everlasting journey brings him to meet Jimmie, a girl with many of her own problems. Throughout the book, their friendship develops, often causing me to find myself not being able to put the book down until I learn more about them. Every so often, they read together the enchanting love story of Oto and Anka, which contrasts massively with the general happenings of the book.

Usually, I get bored of books rather easily, meaning they often get left unread until I have to give them back to the library. However, 'The Bone Sparrow' was a different case altogether. The plot left me addicted and eager to find out more after every single page. I was apprehensive when I first chose this book as I have never really explored this genre before, but now I will definitely consider reading more of the same category as I adored it.

As for the bad things about this book, I feel that at times it could be slightly confusing. This did not prevent me from enjoying the story, though, as it generally is a wonderful piece of literature. Zana Fraillon is an extremely talented author and I recommend that you experience this book's magnificence as soon as possible.

Posted on: 25th March 2017 at 09:59 am

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