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Talia, St Helen and St Katharine

The Bone Sparrow

The bone sparrow carries a deep but meaningful message. The book captures the story of many rather than just one. Subhi has spent his whole life in a detention centre and his life is ruled by the men in jackets. He dreams of his father coming to live with them again; and believes that he gets sent treasures from the sea. They all long for freedom as they live with no rights.

The book is well constructed and the events are mostly believable. One event that I thought however wasn't imaginable was when Jimmie, a girl from the outside world, managed to climb into the heavily guarded gates. Because of the drama and emotions you get from this book you can't help believing the characters as though they were real. The author ends the book as though the characters’ lives carry on but with a change rather than just stopping it there which adds to the effect of it being an actual crisis. The way the story is told it makes you feel so lucky for your own life and that you aren't struggling for water like Subhi and his family.

I really enjoyed the book as it kept me on edge whilst reading it. Because of the relationship the author has built up between the reader and characters you start wanting to just help them and hope that they end up ok. I would rate the book 8/10.

Posted on: 5th June 2017 at 09:16 am

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