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The Bone Sparrow

This book is set in a place in Australia . It is about a boy who was born in a refugee camp and lived there his whole life.
He meets a girl called Jimmie from the other side of the fence who has quite a hard time at home - her brother always has his friends round, and her dad always works and leaves her for days at a time. Her mother died when she was a little girl and had given her a bone sparrow necklace which is said to bring luck and protection to all who wear it. Her mother also left her stories but she cannot read. So when she meets Subhi- the refugee- who can read, she starts to meet him, bringing her mother's book so he can read to her. I thought this book got better towards the end but in my opinion the atmosphere was too calm and it failed to portray life in a refugee camp. However, it was well written.

Posted on: 10th May 2017 at 02:34 pm

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