Thursday, May 25, 2017
The Bone Sparrow by Zana Fraillon
This is such a sad story. And what is even sadder is that real things like this are happening to people right now in many places in the world. Subhi was born in an Australian refugee center where people who have fled from atrocities in their home countries are treated like prisoners. While his story is fiction, the conditions in the Australian refugee detention center are horrible and the country has made it illegal for people to report about what goes on in them. Refugees are treated horribly there and in other places in the world, with many countries, including the US, either holding them in prisons or detention centers or refusing to allow them into the country so they die in boats at sea. The book is suitable for grades 5 and up. I think that it is an important issue and this book helps bring it to light.