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Amelia, St Helen and St Katharine

The Bone Sparrow

The Bone Sparrow was a lovely easy book to read but it still had an amazing cast of characters and a wonderful plot that was beautifully woven around another story. I would recommend it if you just want to unwind and relax with a good book.
The Bone Sparrow is about a detention centre in Australia where a boy named Subhi lives with his maa and sister Queeny. Subhi’s father was left behind when they came from Burma. Subhi was born in the camp and has always wanted to see the sea. He has an imaginary sea called the night sea that only he can see. It comes in the dead of night when everyone else is asleep and leaves him gifts called treasures. Subhi believes that these gift come from his Ba across the sea in Burma.
When Subhi’s best friend Eli gets taken to another part of the centre, things start to go downhill for Subhi. But when a mysterious girl called Jimmie comes to the fence she has an exciting proposition for him: she can’t read but has a book full of her mum’s old stories and if he reads them then he could Someday go back to the outside with her. But when Queeny gets a gift from the outside and Maa stop doing anything all the things Subhi loves in the world is in grave danger.
Although the place and characters are fictitious the circumstances are not. The story line is lovely but the setting shows the true horrors of the detention camps all over the world that are happening today. It’s heart wrenching to read about the illness and semi-palpable sadness and anger in these camps.
The only negative thing I can say about The Bone Sparrow is that the ending was too fast and unexpected. Because of this it, wasn’t all that satisfying and it felt as though corners had had to be cut in order to come to the conclusion.
I hope my review has help you to make a decision about whether or not to read The Bone Sparrow.

Posted on: 30th March 2017 at 11:14 am

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