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Matthew, King Edward VI Grammar School

The Bone Sparrow

Bone Sparrow is a surprising and enlightening book about the global refugee crisis. Echoing The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas and set in Australia, Subhi is a refugee. Born in the detention centre we follow his adventures as he discovers more about himself and the world outside the fences.
Beautifully written, Zana Fraillon comments at the end that this book should never have been written because the subject matter should not be taking place. It is surprisingly interesting that Subhi is content here, however we realise that he does not know what the world is like. Written in a beautiful style with short sharp chapters we get a real feel of Subhi and the people around him.
The heart-warming story tells how imagination can set him free, his night sea visits leaving unusual memories of his father. We learn about the Jackets, the people they fear, one who they like. We feel the joy of life, but the pain of leaving the past behind, all bundled into a flavoursome emotional rollercoaster.
Every character is amazingly developed, but the simple view of a nine year old welcomes warmth and innocence into a dark story in bleak surroundings. We feel the truth behind the story and every word is meant. We reach a beautiful conclusion seeing that things might change for the better.
This is a book that can inspire us to sort out the problems with immigration. This is a book that may change the world for the better. This is a book that will open up your mind and cross the divide between fiction and reality.

Posted on: 24th May 2017 at 08:41 pm

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