INTERMEDIATE FICTION
Fraillon, Zana

The Bone Sparrow

(2) 4-6 Burmese nine-year-old Subhi has always lived in the awful conditions of an Australian refugee camp. After Australian girl Jimmie sneaks into the camp, the two strike up a friendship, which provides some comfort as Subhi's situation deteriorates further. Fraillon's story is stark and urgent, with occasional glimmers of hope shining through in Subhi's lyrical narration. An afterword discusses the "all-too-true reality" behind the book.

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