The Bone Sparrow by Zana Frailly is a book that tells the story of Subhi. The story revolves around the life of Subhi, a refugee born in an Australian permanent detention centre. Having never stepped foot outside of the fence, Subhi has no idea what life could be like. No matter if he has never known a life behind the fences, his world is bigger than the fences. When he meets Jimmie, a young girl from the Outside who needs someone to read her late mother’s stories, he offers to help her.
The Bone Sparrow is a captivating book. It brings light to a situation that is horrifying but true. It is traumatic, saddening, and heartbreaking to read the way these people were treated. This is a story that delves into a situation that is still occurring to this very day. Just because one doesn’t see it doesn’t mean that it doesn’t exist.
The title does have a meaning in the novel [a sparrow carved from bone that symbolizes hope, protection, courage and faith, has been in Jimmie’s family for a long time] which is a pleasant surprise. Jimmie, now the owner of the sparrow, believes that Subhi needs it more. Zana Fraillon brings to life these characters and portrays them honestly well tackling such a saddening topic extremely well.
Overall, this is an captivating book that ensnares and engages readers from beginning to end. I definitely recommend that everyone, all ages, read this novel.
I receive this book from Disney Book Group and Disney-Hyperion via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.