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The Bone Sparrow

The Bone Sparrow
I think The Bone Sparrow is an interesting and different book. I have not come across many other books covering the same topic and I think it was interesting to experience this theme. Subhi, a refugee in a detention centre, is 10 and the main character who narrates most of the story. Another story of Jimmie, a girl outside the fences, is written in the third person.
Jimmie manages to find a way in through the fences to Subhi and they read books together in the dead of night. Jimmie cannot read them by herself, although she is improving every day and seeks salvation in the family stories her mother’s notebook holds. Subhi has a wide imagination, with night seas, presents bought by his father and talking ducks. Despite their differences Subhi and Jimmie get on well and help each other’s imaginations to grow.
However, when Subhi’s ‘inside’ friend Eli, gets taken into a different area of camp for no reason things start to take a difficult turn. Everything Subhi once knew and loved is turned upside down and life will never be the same again.
I think this book is suitable for everyone from the age of 11/12 upwards. I do not think some people would like this book as it is a bit violent. I think this style of genre would appeal to mystery lovers, truth seekers and adventurous people because of the words the book contains and the story it holds.
The refugee tale told in The Bone Sparrow is heart wrenching and only the bravest can read through until the end. It follows true facts and really brings the truth to light. I wish more books were written like this and perhaps a series following up The Bone Sparrow wouldn’t go amiss…

Posted on: 9th May 2017 at 05:18 pm

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