The Bone Sparrow by Zana Fraillon (paperback) - Winner of the Amnesty CILIP Honour 2017

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The Bone Sparrow by Zana Fraillon (paperback) - Winner of the Amnesty CILIP Honour 2017

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Winner of the Amnesty CILIP Honour 2017. Zana Fraillon's powerful novel The Bone Sparrow which highlights the plight of Burma's Rohingya people and life inside a detention centre in Australia has won the Honour in the CILIP Carnegie Medal category. Both 2017 winners movingly tell the stories of families displaced from their homes and detail their struggles with their new lives in a troubled and fractured world. This is a beautiful, vivid and deeply moving story about a refugee boy who has spent his entire life living in a detention centre. This novel reminds us all of the importance of freedom, hope and power in the struggle to find a safe home. Paperback: 240 pages Age 12+ Size: 19.8cm x 12.9cm


Born in a refugee camp, all Subhi knows of the world is that he's at least 19 fence diamonds high, the nice Jackets never stay long, and at night he dreams that the sea finds its way to his tent, bringing with it unusual treasures. One day it brings him Jimmie. Carrying a notebook that she's unable to read and wearing a sparrow made out of bone around her neck - both talismans of her family's past and the mother she's lost - Jimmie strikes up an unlikely friendship with Subhi beyond the fence. As he reads aloud the tale of how Jimmie's family came to be, both children discover the importance of their own stories in writing their futures. ‘The Bone Sparrow is an outstanding novel […] This is an important, heartbreaking book, with frequent, unexpected humour, that everyone, whether teenager or adult, should read.’ The Guardian ‘This is a tragic, beautifully crafted and wonderful book whose chirpy, stoic hero shames us all. I urge you to read it.’ The Independent ‘Think of [The Bone Sparrow] as a powerful polemic, yes, but also think of it as a story of the redeeming power of friendship and the vital nature of storytelling. This is a story that will inspire you to do better, not to give up in defeat.’ The Bookbag 'A special book' Morris Gleitzman, author of the acclaimed ONCE series 'The writing is beautiful and the message of survival and bravery a universal one.' The Bookseller Paperback: 240 pages Age: 12+ Publisher: Orion Children's Books; 01 edition (14 July 2016) Language: English ISBN: 9781510101548 Product Dimensions: 19.8cm x 12.9cm
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