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Mrs B, Bruton School for Girls

The Bone Sparrow

An informative and well-written book about Subhi's experience in a detention camp. Initially, I wasn't sure about where the book was set and where the refugees were from which made it hard to form a picture of the characters, the journeys they had made and the country where they were now detained. When I had worked it out, I concentrated more on the story and really liked the way it was written. Subhi's experience is inhumane yet he has a wonderful imagination which is fed by stories.
Jimmie's stories also help her to come to terms with her past - the stories of Oto and Anka suggest that Jimmie is also descended from immigrants who arrived in Australia from Eastern Europe to escape communism after WWII. Jimmie and the bone sparrow bring what feels like a magical element to the book. I feel like I need to read this book again in slow time because I feel I could explore this book further and discover and learn more.

Posted on: 28th March 2017 at 01:41 pm

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