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The Bone Sparrow

There are not enough stars to give “The Bone Sparrow.” Even a thousand would be insufficient. So yeah, I might have liked it.

Subhi, the main character, is a child born inside an Australian detention camp to a Burmese refugee. The way the story progresses is a work of art, with the reader taking the journey with Subhi as he grows to realise the only world he has ever known is not at all normal or fair. It’s a painful path to take with him. There are occasional chapters written in third person about the life of Jimmie, a girl from the outside. She provides both her own story and a way to see the contrast of what people think goes on and what actually happens inside of the camps.

The chapters are an excellent length and never drag on. I would recommend it. Also, the subject matter is well presented and hard hitting without being unsuitable for the target audience.

Highly recommended.

Posted on: 5th June 2017 at 02:05 pm

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