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bethany, Aylsham High School

The Bone Sparrow

The bone sparrow, Zana Fraillon

I enjoyed reading this book. The main character Subhi is a refugee born in a refugee camp, within the book his character shines through as being widely optimistic and jolly considering his circumstances. The thing that mainly stands out about Subhi’s character is that he highly enjoys stories, he lives and depends on storylines told by his mother to help allow him to imagine the outside world.
The story became interesting when new character Jimmie is introduced to Subhi, she is also in his situation; living off of tales to give her memories of the outside world around them. Their friendship bond is truly beautiful to watch grow.
The setting of this story is much different to any others I have read, the way that the author has described the surroundings of the characters makes the reader feel as if they are actually there. The imagery that goes through the readers mind is incredibly detailed, and it is easy to imagine. Knowing that there are children out there that are actually in Subhi’s situation is heart-breaking; the author has described it to an outstanding level.
The genre of the book was interesting to me, it’s not the type of story that I would usually pick up and read, so this made reading the bone sparrow hard to stick with and keep reading, and nevertheless I enjoyed the storyline.
The quality of writing is of a high standard and uses a lot of big meaningful words that may be hard to understand for less experienced readers.
To say that the book itself appealed to me would be correct, I liked the cover and the design of the title page, the story however was not my favourite one I have read but it was interesting and I would definitely recommend the book to anyone looking to read something a little different.

Posted on: 5th June 2017 at 10:40 am

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