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Laura, Chobham Academy Book Group

The Bone Sparrow

The Bone Sparrow is about a young refugee, called Subhi, in an Australian Detention Centre. He is imaginative and creative, weaving stories about the night sea, birds and whale songs. Then a girl from outside the fence, Jimmie, begins communicating with him and new tales are discovered, including the mysterious Bone Sparrow.
Whilst I am sure that this book is an incredible piece of literature, I didn't enjoy it very much. The point of view was that of a child, which comes with its limitations, and I found this a little unrealistic. I also didn't enjoy the combination of the tales and Subhi's imagination with his story.
Although this book was endorsed by Amnesty International, I felt as if some matters were censored to make the book appropriate for teens. However, this novel is a huge step in the right direction for the idea that we can all do something for the greater good, that all ethnic minorities have as much of a right to freedom as everyone else, and that a little kindness can go a long way.

Posted on: 16th May 2017 at 09:53 pm

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