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1001 Stories Collection

The Bone Sparrow

1001 The Bone Sparrow
Added on 23rd August 2020

Author Zana Fraillon
First published 2016
Publisher Orion

A deeply moving story with a strong human rights message.

Story

Subhi is a 10 year old Rohingyian refugee. He was born in an Australian detention centre. All he knows is life behind a fence, but his imagination takes him far beyond, into a world of oceans and freedom. One night he meets Jimmie, a scruffy, impatient girl, who lives on the other side of the fence.

Why we chose it

A simply told but hard- hitting story which explores what it is to be a refugee. Zena Fraillon wrote the story to highlight the individual stories behind the statistics and politics and to give a voice to the displaced and detained.

Where it came from

Zana Fraillon lives in Melboune, Australia with her husband and three sons. She says her inspiration came from real life accounts of refugees in Australia and the shocking way in which asylum seekers are treated throughout the world.

Where it went next

The Bone Sparrow won the ABIA Book of the Year for Older Children, The Readings Young Adult Book Prize and the Amnesty CILIP Honour in 2017.

Associated stories

Zana Fraillon has written a number of books for teenagers and young adults as well as picture books for a younger audience. Books for older children include The Monstrum House series, No Star to Wish On, The One’s That Disappeared and her latest The Lost Soul Atlas.

Added on 23rd August 2020

Author Zana Fraillon
First published 2016
Publisher Orion