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The Bone Sparrow

This book really took me by surprise. It's not the genre I would usually go for, which is what makes the Carnegie Shadowing an interesting challenge. Despite this, I really enjoyed this eye-opening novel; today, refugees, asylum seekers and immigrants are grouped together, disabling us to properly understand who they are, where they come from and why they're here.
Zana Fraillon really made me realise just how badly refugees are often treated when they arrive at their destination. The conditions they then live in are appalling.
When Subhi meets Jimmie, a young girl living in much better conditions than him, Subhi's reactions made me realise just how lucky I am. Some people, like Subhi, don't know if they shall have a meal, or even water, the next day; and the little they get is barely edible anyway. Things which were miracles for Subhi we take for granted, whether it is a phone or hot chocolate.
The fact that this novel was written from such an innocent and also naïve point of view as Subhi's and Jimmie's really made it have a lot more impact on the reader; their hope and imagination made me wish that people thought more like Jimmie and Subhi; that a better world is possible if only people had more solidarity.

Posted on: 23rd May 2017 at 12:01 pm

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