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Shakira, Swanshurst School

The Bone Sparrow

Before I describe the story, I would like to say how vivid and unforgiving this book truly is. It does not slow down for people to carry on with ignoring the hell we put on this earth, but brings home the vile treatment to refugees and asylum seekers all over the world in camps awaiting for a freedom that may never come. We can help and we should.

The tender and innocent Subhi has to deal with life when life gives him nothing but pain, hunger and deep, deep violence. He is innocent and looks at the world with rose tinted glasses, unaware for a long time that the camp drains you of humanity. By the end of the book, he realises he is unwanted - unwanted and unaccepted by his own country, Burma, and thrown into the soul-sucking refugee camps in Australia. The tragedies hit hard and you soon forget the good things like Jimmie and her broken respites filled with hot chocolate feasts and stories and the bone sparrow. This story also doesn't forget to make you feel the anxiety of the secret packages, hidden cameras, sharp knives and rat traps. You want more than anything for at least Subhi to break free and fly away, and he does ... only to come back. In the very end he saves the people in the camp; not with violence or sitting silent, but by speaking to those who can help and get stories where they need to go. For the strongest thing in this world in not the fear of a blade, but the power of truth.

Posted on: 7th June 2017 at 07:47 pm

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