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Mrs Sullivan, Chobham Academy Book Group

The Bone Sparrow

The Bone Sparrow is an uplifting tale of desperation. Subhi is always full of hope despite his sad and deprived upbringing in the detention centre, and even when given the chance to escape the confines of the camp and the regime of the jackets he prefers to stay within the boundaries of the life he has always known. Whilst waiting for his father to return he stays close by the side of his frail mother and headstrong sister, feeling protected by his best friend Eli until he’s moved away to a different area of the camp. Local girl Jimmie’s curiosity brings her to the camp, and she and Subhi form a friendship bound by the reading of Jimmie’s deceased mother’s journal. Whilst Subhi has learnt to read despite the hardship and confines of the camp, Jimmie is uneducated due to missing so much of her schooling. The setting very much reminded me of a cross between The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas and To Kill a Mockingbird. Curiosity made me research the Rohingya people, I never knew! As much as I loved the book there were areas that I felt were left untold – the story of Jimmie’s ancestors seemed incomplete and I’d like to have known more about Jimmie herself. Great idea for a prequel?

Posted on: 5th April 2017 at 02:28 pm

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