The Bone Sparrow

The Bone SparrowThe Bone Sparrow by Zana Fraillon

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I can count on one hand the number of books that have truly moved me this year and this is one of the top two. The Bone Sparrow is a fiction book but it is based on very real circumstances. There are people and families living in detention centers and refugee camps all over the world. The conditions of the center that the book is based off of is from Australia.

The story is about a boy named Subhi who was born in the camp and has known no other way of life. He lives in a tent at a center with his Mom and sister, but the tent is also shared with other refugees. They are fed expired and tasteless food and sometimes go days without enough food or water. Subhi hopes and dreams for the day they will be set free.

One day an outsider named Jimmie comes to the fence line for the detention center and meets Subhi. When she finds out Subhi can read she comes back to visit him that evening. Her Mother had died suddenly a few years prior and had a journal that Jimmie had wanted to read (but she doesn’t know how). Subhi agrees to read the journal to Jimmie and from here they form a bond and friendship that grows quickly.

Have you ever been in such a rush or maybe been so distracted when you start a new book that you skim a few pages and then think “this book is not for me” and toss it aside? That is what happened to me with this book. Weeks later, I ran into reviews of this book and all the reviews raved about this book, so I decided to give it a second chance and I am so glad that I did. This is truly a fantastic story and one of my favorite books I have read this year. The story of Subhi tugs at your heart and listening to the stories of others in the camp makes you wonder how any human being could be treated this way. This is a MUST read!

~I received this book from Net Galley~

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