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Johan K, Chobham Academy Book Group

The Bone Sparrow

'The Bone Sparrow' is a very emotional book, and it shows the life of a young refugee living in a detention centre. Subhi is the protagonist, but my favourite character is Eli. Subhi portrays Eli like a hero, using phrases such as “Eli got me my shoes” as well as others. There were only fourteen pairs of shoes in the whole centre, showing how much of a hero Eli appears to be. He is intelligent, but also confident and optimistic, making him the perfect company in this camp and can be proven when it says “hope can set you free”.
Subhi is the first to be born in an immigration centre in Australia, and he is one of the more popular people in the camp. One day, Jimmie – a girl from the outside – sneaks into the camp, and becomes friends with Subhi, giving him hope. However, Eli, who is his friend, is moved to a different section in the camp, and bad things start happening in this section...
After reading the afterword, it is clear that this book wasn’t created for entertainment purposes: it was written to inform people of the inadequate conditions inside the detention centres. The author even states: “I wish this book had never needed to be written”.
The way that the writer introduces scenes of poverty influences how the reader thinks of the story, and makes the reader feel more desperate to resolve these appalling conditions. For example, when Subhi talks about the sick, it is ten times worse than we could imagine, because there are even puddles full of sick, and “people are always rushing to the toilets”. Even the prospect of having to live with this makes your mind go crazy with disgust.

I would give this book five out of five stars, because of the way that the struggle touches your emotions, and how greatly the writer portrays enthusiasm and optimism to be. Anyone who reads it will view the world slightly differently thereafter, and for me, this genre has to be a new favourite. When you turn over the last page, you really do feel as though you have lost a friend.

Posted on: 2nd May 2017 at 07:14 pm

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