The Bone Sparrow

The Bone Sparrow

Book - 2016
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Subhi is a refugee. Born in an Australian permanent detention center after his mother and sister fled the violence of a distant homeland, Subhi has only ever known life behind the fences. But his world is far bigger than that -- every night, the magical Night Sea from his mother's stories brings him gifts, the faraway whales sing to him, and the birds tell their stories. And as he grows, his imagination threatens to burst beyond the limits of his containment. The most vivid story of all, however, is the one that arrives one night in the form of Jimmie -- a scruffy, impatient girl who appears on the other side of the wire fence and brings with her a notebook written by the mother she lost. Unable to read it herself, she relies on Subhi to unravel her family's love songs and tragedies. Subhi and Jimmie might both find comfort -- and maybe even freedom -- as their tales unfold. But not until each has been braver than ever before.
Publisher: Los Angeles ; New York : Disney-Hyperion, 2016
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9781484781517
Branch Call Number: J FICTION FRAIL...Z
Characteristics: 228 pages ; 22 cm


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Dec 23, 2016

I liked the style Author Zana Fraillow used for this story. It flowed and held my attention; I liked how creative this main character boy's thinking was. I thought the subject of this book was great because it's not something many people talk or are even aware of. This is an excellent book for mature older children and adults about the subject of detention centers and refugee camps.


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Dec 23, 2016

"Sometimes, at night, the dirt outside turns into a beautiful ocean. As red as the sun and as deep as the sky."

-Subhi, main character of the book


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