The Bone Sparrow by Zana Fraillon July 25, 2016 – Posted in: Blog

The Bone Sparrow is a new book in store. A soul rendering insight into the living conditions in detention centres, told through the eyes of a child.

“This book was devastating and enlightening and delightful all at once”. Tara from Goodreads

When I started reading Bone Sparrow, I was blown away by the potency of the story. Although a children’s book, it is really a book for all ages as it offers insight into people in Australia that have no freedom. We live in a wonderful country and there is no end to the goodness that Australians offer their fellow people, here and aboard. So I was so shocked to realise the life that refugees have in detention centres in Australia.

Bone Sparrow offers a soul rendering insight into the living conditions in detention centres from the perspective of a 9-year-old boy. While it was the story telling that draws you in, it was the story itself that captures your heart. Zana has a fantastic way of weaving the story, seeing it through the 9 year olds eyes but understanding the pain and at times experiences that only a 9-year-old would fully appreciate.

I don’t want to give the story away as it’s lovely to experience it for yourself.  I just want to say that you SHOULD read it. Old and young, maybe not too young. The story is one we all need to be aware of so we can start to talk about what can be done. I don’t have the answers and I definitely am not offering a solution but please read this story and maybe through conversations a better life can be found for these people who share our soil.