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Lara, Larkmead Secondary School

The Bone Sparrow

The Bone Sparrow is about a boy who is born in a refugee camp and has never experienced anything outside of the camp, but he meets a scruffy girl from the outside. The book is about friendship and that is explored through Subhi and Jimmie, the main 2 characters in the book.
My favourite character is Subhi, the boy, because he feels like he is there in front of me, not on a page. This was because of the way he was described – the author went deep into his feelings about the situation he was in.
The story was very gripping and it kept me on my seat the whole way through. It kept me guessing by using lots of plot twists. Sometimes, I could see where the book was going especially when the author wrote from Subhi’s perspective, but when the author wrote from Jimmie’s perspective, it was quite unexpected.
The scene when Subhi’s friend had to leave and go to a different part of the camp made me feel very sad. His friend had left behind their secret stash of items found within the camp, some bad boys came and stole it, including Subhi’s shoes so that he had to walk in flip flops. I felt annoyed at the boys and annoyed for Subhi as he had lost his friend and it was difficult for him.
The only thing that I didn’t like was the Jimmie chapters were too short. I felt like I wanted to know her better and as well as I felt I knew Subhi.
I’d recommend this book to teens and I would give it a five star rating.

Posted on: 6th June 2017 at 08:17 pm

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