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Ella , Backwell School

The Bone Sparrow

The Bone sparrow is my favourite Carnegie book so far. I thought this was a very effective and harrowing read shining light on the things the media usually passes over and highlighting the problems in modern day society.
I loved the style The Bone sparrow was written in, it reminded you that Subhi is still very young and that the detention centre is the only thing he knows. However, this also made ways for loose threads at the end. I would have liked to have more clearance on what actually happened at the very end when he explained to the reporter what had occurred in the camp.
The characterisation was very good in some parts but did have gaps in it with certain characters, for example we don't know why ma is sleeping all the time, she's just there. I would've also liked some more build on Jimmie and her family and what happened after her accident, I really liked her character and wanted more of what her life was like.
As for the plot, I didn't really think there was much of one, there were subtle hints of what was going to happen at the end throughout the book though. I found that very clever because children don't always know what is going on and it showed a gradual tension growing through an innocent's eyes rather that the activist who knows what's going on. I also enjoyed reading how Jimmie and Subhi became involved in each others lives and how they effected each others decisions.
overall I really loved this book and would definitely read again.

Posted on: 22nd May 2017 at 02:26 pm

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