The Bone Sparrow – Zana Fraillon
28th June 2016, 263 pages, 4/5 stars
Thanks to Booktopia for the review copy!
This story is important. The Bone Sparrow tells the story of Subhi, a ten-year-old refugee in an Australian permanent detention centre. Born in the centre after his mother fled violence in her homeland, Subhi has known no other life.
Life inside the detention centre is vividly created. Seeing it through the eyes of a child makes the setting and the story that much more poignant. Subhi makes the most of things, enjoying his childhood as much as he is able. But there are major issues lurking. Subhi’s Mum has fallen into depression, barely acknowledging her children, staring at the wall day in and day out. Subhi’s older sister, Queeny, is being forced to grow up too quickly. There is tension brewing in the men’s compound.
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