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Sophie, Our Lady's Abingdon (OLA)

The Bone Sparrow

At first, I thought I wouldn't enjoy it because it sounded depressing and its first page is very metaphorical, talking about the 'Night sea' and the gifts it brings. Later in the book this is explained more and it begins to make more sense.

The Bone Sparrow is set in a refugee centre and life within the fences is all Subhi has ever known. With his Mother and older sister, Queeny, they wait for 'Someday' to arrive and so that they can go home. There are many shortages of food, water and supplies but he and his friend Eli, run illegal packages to people in exchange of something they have.

Into the book, Subhi meets Jimmie, who was lured there by her friend telling her about a big crate of bikes coming into the centre. The next time, Jimmie brings her Mum's diary for Subhi to read to her. As they explore deeper and deeper into the past they discover the amazing things that happened to Jimmie's ancestors and how they persevered through times of struggle.

Times become even more dangerous. After Queeny and Eli's attempt at getting the outsiders to know them, security tightens and hunger strikes pop up. As the drama increases, Subhi wonders if he'll ever be free.

For me, this book is all about perseverance and hope. My favourite character is Queeny, even though she isn't at all a main character, she is very important and has something to say at anyone and is very sassy. My least favourite character is Beaver because he is mean and thoughtless.

I would give this book 4 out of 5 stars because it is very metaphorical, sometimes making it hard to understand. I would recommend this book for people above the age of 10 and is definitely a good read!

Posted on: 5th April 2017 at 11:47 am

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