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Salma, King Edward VI Camp Hill School for Girls

The Bone Sparrow

I wish ‘The Bone Sparrow’ did not have to be written - no human being should have to go through what the refugees in the ‘detention camp’ went through. One of the first things that caught my eye was that the book was endorsed by Amnesty International. I can understand why - it’s not only the refugee camp setting, but also the almost poetic storytelling and inspiring message. The story didn’t turn out exactly how I expected it to - I found myself at one point almost moved to tears, but I finished the book with hope for the future and a strong desire to change things. Attachments to the multi-faceted characters are formed quickly and the occasionally changing perspective to Subhi in the first person and Jimmie in the third person was not intrusive. I would strongly recommend to anyone over ten, as this book has some beautiful but harrowing stories to tell and lessons to teach, and darker subjects are subtly hinted at so as not to upset younger readers.

Posted on: 30th April 2017 at 07:52 pm

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