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The Bone Sparrow: shortlisted for the CILIP Carnegie Medal 2017 by [Fraillon, Zana]
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"A special book." "Morris Gleitzman, author of Once""

""The Bone Sparrow" is a book you'll feel in your chest long after you finish. It's about stories that ache to be told, and the transformational power of sharing them. Though Subhi's journey is confined by fences, he finds magic and great injustice, tragedy and courage-and ultimately, wings." "Kirsten Hubbard, author of Watch the Sky and Race the Night""

"A special book." Morris Gleitzman, author of Once"

"An author worth watching." Kirkus Reviews"

"Thought-provoking and affecting... Hand to readers who appreciated Linda Sue Park's A Long Walk to Water."--School Library Journal

"A special book."--Morris Gleitzman, author of Once

"Zana Fraillon's powerful and poetic tale of friendship in the face of injustice will fly away with your heart."--Katherine Marsh, Edgar Award-winning author of The Night Tourist

* "Fraillon crafts a harrowing vision of life in the detention center, yet Subhi finds solace in sensitively portrayed friendships with a rebellious older boy, a compassionate guard, and an intrepid girl named Jimmie While addressing themes of loss, desperation, and injustice in an all-too-relevant setting, Fraillon's resonant novel underscores the healing power of story."--Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"The Bone Sparrow is a book you'll feel in your chest long after you finish. It's about stories that ache to be told, and the transformational power of sharing them. Though Subhi's journey is confined by fences, he finds magic and great injustice, tragedy and courage-and ultimately, wings."--Kirsten Hubbard, author of Watch the Sky and Race the Night

"An author worth watching."--Kirkus Reviews

"Fraillon's story is stark and urgent; her afterword tells more about the "all-too-true reality" that inspired the book."--The Horn Book

* "The pivoting story line, with chapters alternating among Subhi, Jimmie, and sparkling slivers of family lore, allows Fraillon to explore the many faces of otherness, bravery, and solidarity. But Subhi's narrative, whether he's squabbling with a rubber duck or searching the stars, remains the standout of the three: wide-eyed, heartfelt, and infectiously imaginative... This tale is breathtaking and indispensable. As Subhi might say, 'there is a fierce' inside of it."--Booklist (starred review)

"Outstanding... This is an important, heartbreaking book with frequent, unexpected humor that everyone...should read."--The Guardian

-Fraillon's story is stark and urgent; her afterword tells more about the -all-too-true reality- that inspired the book.---The Horn Book

-Outstanding... This is an important, heartbreaking book with frequent, unexpected humor that everyone...should read.---The Guardian

* -The pivoting story line, with chapters alternating among Subhi, Jimmie, and sparkling slivers of family lore, allows Fraillon to explore the many faces of otherness, bravery, and solidarity. But Subhi's narrative, whether he's squabbling with a rubber duck or searching the stars, remains the standout of the three: wide-eyed, heartfelt, and infectiously imaginative... This tale is breathtaking and indispensable. As Subhi might say, 'there is a fierce' inside of it.---Booklist (starred review)

-Thought-provoking and affecting... Hand to readers who appreciated Linda Sue Park's A Long Walk to Water.---School Library Journal

* -Fraillon crafts a harrowing vision of life in the detention center, yet Subhi finds solace in sensitively portrayed friendships with a rebellious older boy, a compassionate guard, and an intrepid girl named Jimmie While addressing themes of loss, desperation, and injustice in an all-too-relevant setting, Fraillon's resonant novel underscores the healing power of story.---Publishers Weekly (starred review)

-The Bone Sparrow is a book you'll feel in your chest long after you finish. It's about stories that ache to be told, and the transformational power of sharing them. Though Subhi's journey is confined by fences, he finds magic and great injustice, tragedy and courage-and ultimately, wings.---Kirsten Hubbard, author of Watch the Sky and Race the Night

-An author worth watching.---Kirkus Reviews

-Zana Fraillon's powerful and poetic tale of friendship in the face of injustice will fly away with your heart.---Katherine Marsh, Edgar Award-winning author of The Night Tourist

-A special book.---Morris Gleitzman, author of Once

Accolades Carnegie Medal 2017 Finalist Guardian Children's Fiction Prize 2016 Finalist A 2017 Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year A 2017 CCBC Choices Selection Maine Student Book Award 2017 Finalist--

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Perfect for fans of The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas. This is a beautiful, vivid and deeply moving story about a refugee boy who has spent his entire life living in a detention centre. Shortlisted for the Guardian Children's Fiction prize and nominated for the CILIP Carnegie Medal 2017.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3670 KB
  • Print Length: 236 pages
  • Publisher: Orion Children's Books (14 July 2016)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01ARXVT5O
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 36 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #55,431 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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As a Chatterbooks leader at the local library, this book was included in a list of books to read on the theme of ‘stories from around the world’. It’s one of the best books I have read about refugees as it is about a group of refugees, forgotten, invisible people I haven’t heard much about, the Rohingya people of Burma, told through the eyes of Subhi, who was born in a refugee camp, where he lives with his Maa, sister Queeny, his friend Eli and a kindly jacket called Harvey. He knows no other life until he meets Jimmie, an Australian girl who lives outside the camp. In a story of deprivation, struggle and survival, a touch of humour is added through the Shakespeare duck and jokes the characters tell each other. A tragic story, told with expertise and humanity.
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It's a very worthy topic for a story, but comes across as under-researched and doesn't quite gel. The themes of invisibility, lack of identity and people missing from their own lives are explored so thoroughly that we are left with one dimensional characters and a less than compelling plot for the majority of the book. Including some cultural and religious background for Subhi would have given us a great contrast to the limbo he and his family find themselves in. The best and most vivid parts of the book look to have been based on newspaper reports of similar incidents, and this is when characters are at their most real. Unfortunately, the rest of the book just feels like an amalgamation of other children's/YA books published in the last few years - to the extent that I found myself making a mental note of each book as I was reading.
Simplifying the story and rounding out the characters would have made all the difference and if the book hadn't been so hyped up I probably wouldn't have felt so strongly about its shortcomings. That said, if it serves to keep the plight of displaced peoples in the public consciousness, and prompts readers to look for more information on the people detained in refugee camps around the world, then Fraillon will have achieved an important aim.
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Fantastically written by a fantastic writer. It made me stop and think and I too am full of the bone sparrow.
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A superb book which brings into sharp focus the issue of refugees and their struggles for a new future.
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By S Riaz HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 9 July 2016
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This is a very important novel for children, and many adults, to read. I would probably suggest it for Year 6 and above, as it does have some difficult – even upsetting – themes and scenes. So use parental discretion, but my eleven year old son found it a little upsetting in parts and so I will probably wait a while before I suggest this for my nine year old daughter (Jacqueline Wilson traumatised her, so she is not really ready for this just yet). However, I do feel this is a really important piece of work and it really does help children understand the images that they see on the television.

It is about a boy called Subhi, who is a refugee, born in a permanent detention centre in Australia. We learn that Subhi’s family fled their distant homeland, but his mother tries to show him a life outside of the fences by telling him stories about the world she left behind. Yet, the refugee camp is the whole world that Subhi inhabits and he has never left it in all of the nine years of his life. The ‘Jackets’ keep control and the fences keep him inside, but his imagination roams. Then, one day, Subhi meets a friend – a little girl called Jimmie. Jimme has lost her mother, but she does have a notebook full of her stories. She cannot read, but Subhi can and, together, the two bond over her mother’s words…

This is not an easy read as it does cover a lot of upsetting and difficult themes and events. However, Subhi is a wonderful character and the refugee camp is realised extremely well by the author. With so many people displaced around the world, it is essential that we see that children, especially children, are totally innocent and need to be cared for and protected – no matter where they are and no matter where they come from. This novel looks beyond the headlines and the emotive words – such as ‘migrant’ and ‘refugee’- and looks at the individuals who find themselves both unwanted and powerless.
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By Sussman TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 12 Mar. 2017
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Australia’s system of compulsory immigration detention is aimed at all non-citizens who are in the country without a valid visa, and therefore must be detained. This includes children. This is fact.

This fictional narrative relates to Subhi, who is a child who is born in an Australian detention camp to a refugee from Myanmar. The narrative follows, Subhi as he grows up in an environment that no child should go through. This book is written for children from eight to twelve-years-old.

As a counterpoint, there are sporadic chapters written in the third person. This concerns the life of Jimmie, a girl from the outside of the detention camp. Her, narrative, provides both her own storyline and in addition there is a way to see the dissimilarity of what people may deliberate over on what goes on, and what actually happens inside of these camps.

The story line does an exceptional job of presenting very challenging subjects at a fitting reading level without making superficially attractive any of the horrors that are being told. I believe any age group from ten and up should read “The Bone Sparrow” .

This is a thought-provoking read, which tells a tale of great import.
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