The Bone Sparrow

The Bone Sparrow

Book - 2016
Average Rating:
Rate this:

Shortlisted for the Guardian Children's Fiction prize and nominated for the CILIP Carnegie Medal 2017.

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. This novel reminds us all of the importance of freedom, hope, and the power of a story to speak for anyone who's ever struggled to find a safe home.

'...a special book' - Morris Gleitzman, author of the acclaimed ONCE series

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. And 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.

Publisher: London : Orion Children's Books, ©2016.
ISBN: 9781510101548
Characteristics: 229 pages ;,21 cm


From the critics

Community Activity


Add a Comment
Dec 23, 2016

I liked the style Author Zana Fraillow used for this story. It flowed and held my attention; I liked how creative this main character boy's thinking was. I thought the subject of this book was great because it's not something many people talk or are even aware of. This is an excellent book for mature older children and adults about the subject of detention centers and refugee camps.


Add a Quote
Dec 23, 2016

"Sometimes, at night, the dirt outside turns into a beautiful ocean. As red as the sun and as deep as the sky."

-Subhi, main character of the book

Age Suitability

Add Age Suitability

There are no age suitabilities for this title yet.


Add a Summary

There are no summaries for this title yet.


Add Notices

There are no notices for this title yet.

Explore Further

Browse by Call Number


Subject Headings


Find it at Library

To Top