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Lucy R, Chobham Academy Book Group

The Bone Sparrow

"The Bone Sparrow" is an eye-opening book set in a present day Australian refugee camp. It is told through the view point of Subhi, a naive young boy that was born in the camp and has never experienced life outside of the fences. Due to this, he has an interest in stories from those who have lived outside, specifically a girl named Jimmie. Subhi's mother and sister fled from persecution in Burma, a country known as Myanmar. However, Subhi is still hoping that his father will join him one day.

Whilst the plot and characters are fictional, the book is based on modern-day refugee camps. It highlights several issues in these camps that the media does not. These issues include water shortages, families being separated and hunger strikes.

The story is quite dark in some places, which is surprising considering the fact that it is told from the perspective of a young child. Since things are told from Subhi's perspective, it describes some quite serious events in quite an innocent way.

My favourite character is probably Eli, as he genuinely cares for Subhi (even if he can't show it later on in the book) and he isn't afraid to fight for his cause.

Overall, I would give this book 4/5 because it definitely taught me a lot about major problems that refugees must face and the harsh traumas they must have had to go through.I would recommend this to those my age that want to know more about the current refugee crisis.

Posted on: 9th May 2017 at 10:12 pm

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