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The Bone Sparrow

The Bone Sparrow

A beautiful, important and deeply moving novel about a young boy who's spent his entire life living in a refugee camp.

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ISBN 9781510101555
Barcode 9781510101555
Published 12 January 2017 by Hachette Children's Books
Format Paperback
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Author(s) By Fraillon, Zana
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ISBN-13 9781510101555
ISBN-10 1510101551
Stock Available
Status Internationally sourced; ships 6-12 working days
Publisher Hachette Children's Books
Imprint Orion Children's Books
Publication Date 12 January 2017
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Paperback
Author(s) By Fraillon, Zana
Category Fiction (Child / Teen)
Award Winning
Number of Pages 240
Dimensions Width: 156mm
Height: 204mm
Spine: 25mm
Weight 328g
Interest Age Children / Young Adults
Reading Age Children / Young Adults
NBS Text Young Adult Fiction
ONIX Text Young adult;Children/juvenile;Professional and scholarly
Dewey Code 823.92
Catalogue Code 697281

Description of this Book

A beautiful, important and deeply moving novel about a young boy who's spent his entire life living in a refugee camp. Subhi is a refugee. Born in a detention centre, all he knows of the world is that he's at least 19 fence diamonds high, that the nice Jackets never stay long, and at night the sea finds its way to his tent, bringing with it unusual treasures. Bringing him Jimmie. Jimmie lives on the Outside. 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 - she strikes up an unlikely friendship with Subhi across 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. Vivid, emotional and uplifting, THE BONE SPARROW is a timely story of survival and bravery, one which reminds us all of the importance of freedom and hope, and the power of a story to speak for anyone who's ever struggled to find a safe home.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

Awards Short-listed for Carnegie Medal 2017 -- Short-listed for Guardian Children's Fiction Prize 2016
NZ Review The writing is beautiful and the message of survival and bravery a universal one The Bookseller
UK Review Bertrams Star Rating: 3 stars (out of 5)

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Author's Bio

Zana Fraillon worked as a primary school teacher before becoming a full-time writer of fiction and picture books for young children. She is the author of The Ones That Disappeared and The Bone Sparrow, which won the Amnesty CILIP Honour 2017, was shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal and Guardian Children's Book Prize, and has garnered widespread critical acclaim. Zana lives in Victoria, Australia, with her husband and three sons.

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