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Carenza, Our Lady's Abingdon (OLA)

The Bone Sparrow

Bone Sparrow is a beautiful story told from the perspective of Subhi, a child living in a refugee camp in Australia. The story is about Subhi meeting Jimmie, who lives outside of the camp. Subhi helps Jimmie understand her past by reading her the tale of her family from Jimmie's mother's book. It is about atrocities happening right now, and part of why this book is so good is that it really drives home how we do not know that this is occurring, and how we need to help.

There are difficult themes in this story. It is about war, and how people are affected by it. It is about hope, how some people keep it and others lose it. Subhi believes that there will be a 'someday', even after 10 years, whereas his mother and sister aren't sure. This is a complex book, with little nods to where loyalties lie and why, whether small acts can make a difference or whether you have to do something big, amongst other themes.

My favourite characters were Subhi and Jimmie, because you really get a sense of what they are feeling throughout the book. They are both amazingly constructed, complex characters, yet still clearly children.

I would not recommend this book to younger children, as it describes war and they might find this disturbing. I would recommend this to people who are looking for a thought-provoking, remarkable read. I liked Bone Sparrow, as it manages to be serious, yet upbeat and hopeful.

Posted on: 27th April 2017 at 06:22 pm

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