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Zhirinda, French International School Hong Kong

The Bone Sparrow

A soul rendering insight into the living conditions in detention centers told through the eyes of a child. This book was devastating and enlightening and delightful all at once. The plight of the characters in The Bone Sparrow is one that we all should be aware of as it's currently happening in refugee camps right now. It's a shocking, heartbreaking and sad story, made all the more frightening because it's a reality for far too many people.

The Bone Sparrow draws you into the lives of two young characters and their families, one living outside the fence of the refugee camp and one inside, who find each other and strike up a friendship. As the story progresses the violent and inhumane treatment of refugees is at the forefront and it's disturbing reading. But, as disturbing as the storyline is, it's also beautiful. The friendship between the two characters offers hope and an escape from reality for them both.

When I started reading Bone Sparrow, I was blown away by the potency of the story. Although a children’s book, it is really a book for all ages as it offers insight into people in Australia that have no freedom. We live in a wonderful country and there is no end to the goodness that Australians offer their fellow people, here and abroad. So I was so shocked to realize the life that refugees have in detention centers in Australia.

Bone Sparrow offers a soul rendering insight into the living conditions in detention centers from the perspective of a 9 year old boy. While it was the story telling that draws you in, it was the story itself that captures your heart. Fraillon, the author has a fantastic way of weaving the story, seeing it through the 9 year old eyes but understanding the pain and at times experiences that only a 9 year old would fully appreciate.

I don’t want to give the story away as it’s lovely to experience it for yourself. I just want to say that you should read it. Old and young, maybe not too young. The story is one we all need to be aware of so we can start to talk about what can be done. I don’t have the answers and I definitely am not offering a solution but please read this story and maybe through conversations, a better life can be found for these people who share our soil.

Posted on: 14th May 2017 at 06:46 am

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