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Ruby, King Edward VI Camp Hill School for Girls

The Bone Sparrow

I really enjoyed reading The Bone Sparrow by Zana Fraillon as it touched on a number of relevant issues in today's society. I gained a different insight into the harrowing lives of refugees which is important as immigration is often presented in a misleading way.
I also enjoyed switching between two opposite narratives. Jimmie's perspective emphasised the naivety and lack of understanding we experience as 'Outsiders' whilst Subhi's viewpoint informed us on how some refugees live.
Interestingly, there are some common themes with 'The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas', another book about those living in camps (Subhi/Shmuel) meeting those on the outside (Jimmie/Bruno). Both writers also chose to use the innocence of children as main characters to highlight how these major problems affect all.
Overall, it's a well-written book which I would highly recommend.

Posted on: 26th March 2017 at 01:42 pm

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