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The bone sparrow / Zana Fraillon
Bib ID 7049129
Format BookBook [text, volume]
Author
Fraillon, Zana, author
 
Description Sydney, NSW : Lothian, 2016 
©2016 
234 pages ; 21 cm 
ISBN 9780734417138 (paperback)
Summary

Sometimes, at night, the dirt outside turns into a beautiful ocean. As red as the sun and as deep as the sky. I lie in my bed, Queeny's feet pushing up against my cheek, and listen to the waves lapping at the tent. Subhi is a refugee. Born in an Australian permanent detention centre after his mother fled the violence of a distant homeland, life behind the fences is all he has ever known. But as he grows, his imagination gets bigger too, until it is bursting at the limits of his world. The Night Sea brings him gifts, the faraway whales sing to him, and the birds tell their stories. The most vivid story of all, however, is the one that arrives one night in the form of Jimmie, a scruffy, impatient girl who appears from the other side of the wires, and brings a notebook written by the mother she lost. Unable to read it, she relies on Subhi to unravel her own family's love songs and tragedies. Subhi and Jimmie might both find a way to freedom, as their tales unfold. But not until each of them has been braver than ever before. --Back cover.

Notes

Illustrations on endpapers.

For adolescents.

Awards Australian Book Industry Awards, Book of the Year for Older Children, winner, 2017.  Shortlisted for the Children's Book Council of Australia (CBCA) Award 2017, Older Readers. 
Subjects Refugee children -- Australia -- Juvenile fiction.  |  Detention of persons -- Australia -- Juvenile fiction.  |  Friendship -- Australia -- Juvenile fiction.  |  Liberty -- Juvenile fiction.  |  Young adult fiction, Australian.  |  Australian

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