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Lucy, St Helen and St Katharine

The Bone Sparrow

Subhi is a refugee. Born in an Australian permanent detention center after his mother and sister fled the violence of a distant homeland, he has only ever known life behind the fences. But his world is far bigger, because every night, the magical Night Sea from his mother's stories brings him gifts, the faraway whales sing to him, and the birds tell their stories. And as he grows, his imagination threatens to burst beyond the limits of his containment. The most vivid story of all, however, is the one that arrives one night in the form of Jimmie, a scruffy, impatient girl who appears on the other side of the wire fence and brings with her a notebook written by the mother she lost. Unable to read it herself, she relies on Subhi to unravel her family's story. I really enjoyed this book, as I thought it described really well how badly some people are treated, all over the world. This is a lovely story, even though it was really hard and sad to read at times, and you really feel for Subhi and Jimmie.
I would rate this 9 out of 10, as it is really well written and shows what some people have to go through every day.

Posted on: 27th April 2017 at 01:25 pm

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