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Ms McCarthy, St Richard Gwyn Catholic High School

The Bone Sparrow

This is a moving and sensitive novel about two children working through their own loss and trying to understand their place in the world. Subhi is a refugee who has never known life outside the immigration detention centre where he lives with his mum and sister. Jimmie is coping with life changes after the death of her mother. When the two meet they find a connection through the book of stories Jimmie’s mother wrote as Subhi reads them to her when she breaks into the camp.
This is beautifully descripted and based upon the real lives and experiences of those who find themselves displaced through tyranny and war. Despite the harrowing nature of the text, which reduced me to tears at points, there is also a joyful story about the comforts of connection to other people and to those who want to change oppressive systems for the better.

Posted on: 18th May 2017 at 10:58 am

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