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Leonara, St Helen and St Katharine

The Bone Sparrow

The Bone Sparrow, by Zana Fraillon, is all about the life of Subhi and Jimmy. Subhi and his family live in a refugee camp which is kept in order by the jackets -people with mosquito sticks who hit the boys if they do anything naughty-. Jimmy lives in a normal house on a normal street –except that it is very close to a refugee camp-. When Jimmy ventures under the wire fence and finds Subhi, their lives tangle together until the end –a grand climax which ends in someone dying and everything goes back to normal.

I found this book quite interesting how the life of Subhi turns out and how Jimmy turns up every evening only with the intention of eating and reading. I really liked how the author described the scene whilst letting you imagine it yourself, and didn’t take it at such a fast pace as some other books I have read. However I thought, as in ‘Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth’ the ending was quite unsatisfactory and I found myself at the end really wanting there to be a second in the ‘sequel’. I also felt that the bone sparrow was a bit irrelevant to the plot except in Jimmy’s book. I would give it 4/5.

Posted on: 25th May 2017 at 08:52 am

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