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Anila, King Edward VI Camp Hill School for Girls

The Bone Sparrow

The Bone Sparrow is written from two perspectives Subhi,a refugee born in an immigration detention centre, as well as Jimmie a girl from the Outside (as Subhi would say). After reading the blurb this book reminded me of 'The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas' and in some aspects The Bone Sparrow is very similar to it. However the main difference is the timelines in which these books are set as The Bone Sparrow is set in today's time.
Despite being based on such a serious issue, this book contains frequent humour which I personally found really sudden but interesting. I thought it was really funny and it put a smile to my face. Again this is another book that mentions the title a lot throughout the book which is something I really like.
Besides the heartwarming prospect of the book, Zana Frillion has put the reality of asylum seekers into context. Although having heard about refugee camps and detention centres in the news I wasn't actually aware of what goes on inside. People are not treated well, more specifically they are shown to be treated as some sort of criminals. Zana points out in her afterword that they are entitled to the same human rights as everyone else which therefore means they should not be treated so differently to us as we all are equal.
Zana Frillon has written a real eye-opener that narrates a story of hope, courage and difficulty. I would certainly recommend both teenagers and adults read this meaningful book. I guarantee it is worth your time.

Posted on: 5th April 2017 at 08:41 pm

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