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The Bone Sparrow

'The Bone Sparrow' by Zana Fraillon was a very emotional read, which makes it's readers truly reflect on the situations happening in our world today; more specifically, refugees.
The book follows a young boy named Subhi who has lived in a refugee camp his entire life. As the story goes on, Subhi meets a young girl called Jimmie- who is suffering with problems of her own. The two form an understanding with each other, and an unlikely friendship. A theme which is very similar to 'The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas' by John Boyne.
One of the things I particularly enjoyed about this book was how Fraillon showed Subhi mature throughout the book, and how Subhi became far more aware of what was happening and what it meant. His candidly innocent attitude helped expose how horrifying life in refugee camps truly is.
The main message of this book was to show how little people on 'our side of the fence' know about refugee camps. Zana Fraillon showed this by switching between the perspectives of the children - a style of writing which enabled the readers to get a full understanding of the situation.
Overall, I thought this book was a poignant piece of writing, and left me with an urge to study more about current issues. I'd definitely recommend this book, as it was very thought provoking and stayed realistic through out.

Posted on: 28th March 2017 at 08:26 pm

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