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The Bone Sparrow

The Bone Sparrow

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 cen... read full description below.

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ISBN 9780734417138
Barcode 9780734417138
Published 28 June 2016 by Hachette
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
Author(s) By Fraillon, Zana

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ISBN-13 9780734417138
ISBN-10 0734417136
Stock Available
Status In stock at publisher; ships 7-15 working days
Publisher Hachette
Imprint Lothian Children's Books
Publication Date 28 June 2016
Publication Country Australia Australia
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
Author(s) By Fraillon, Zana
Category Fiction (Child / Teen)
Award Winning
Fiction
Australian
CBCA Awards Notables 2017
CBCA Book of the Year Notables 2017: Older Readers
Interest Age Children
Reading Age Children
NBS Text Children's Fiction
ONIX Text Children/juvenile
Number of Pages 240
Dimensions Width: 138mm
Height: 208mm
Spine: 18mm
Weight 240g
Dewey Code Not specified
Catalogue Code 663956

Description of this Book

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.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

Awards Short-listed for Carnegie Medal 2017 -- Short-listed for Guardian Children's Fiction Prize 2016
NZ Review a tragic, beautifully crafted and wonderful book - The Independent

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Author's Bio

Zana Fraillon was born in Melbourne, but spent her early childhood in San Francisco. Zana has written two picture books for young children, a series for middle readers, and a novel for older readers based on research and accounts of survivors of the Forgotten Generation. She spent a year in China teaching English and now lives in Melbourne with her three sons, husband and two dogs. When Zana isn't reading or writing, she likes to explore the museums and hidden passageways scattered across Melbourne. They provide the same excitement as that moment before opening a new book - preparing to step into the unknown where a whole world of possibilities awaits.

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