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Issue Details: First known date: 2016... 2016 The Bone Sparrow
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'Subhi's imagination is as big as the ocean and wise as the sky, but his world is much smaller: he's spent his whole life in an immigration detention centre. The Bone Sparrow is a powerful, heartbreaking, sometimes funny and ultimately uplifting hymn to freedom and love.

'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.' (Publication summary)

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Sydney, New South Wales,: Hachette Australia , 2016 .
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      Extent: 1vp.
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      • Publication date: 28 June 2016
      ISBN: 9780734417138
    • New York (City), New York (State),
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      United States of America (USA),
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      Americas,
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      Disney Hyperion ,
      2016 .
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      Extent: 240p.
      Note/s:
      • Published 1 November 2016
      ISBN: 9781484781517
    • London,
      c
      England,
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      United Kingdom (UK),
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      Western Europe, Europe,
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      Orion ,
      2016 .
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      Extent: 240p.
      Note/s:
      • Published 14 July 2016
      ISBN: 9781510101548
    • London,
      c
      England,
      c
      c
      United Kingdom (UK),
      c
      Western Europe, Europe,
      :
      Orion ,
      2017 .
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      Extent: 293p.p.
      ISBN: 9781510101555, 1510101551
    • New York (City), New York (State),
      c
      United States of America (USA),
      c
      Americas,
      :
      Disney Hyperion ,
      2017 .
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      Extent: 240p.p.
      Note/s:
      • Published 7 November 2017.

      ISBN: 9781484781913, 1484781910
Alternative title: Il bambino che narrava storie
Language: Italian
    • Milan,
      c
      Italy,
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      Western Europe, Europe,
      :
      Corbaccio ,
      2016 .
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      Extent: 250p.p.
      ISBN: 9788867002016, 8867002015

Works about this Work

Reading and Empathy Maria H. Alessandrino , 2017 single work essay
— Appears in: Magpies : Talking About Books for Children , September vol. 32 no. 4 2017; (p. 16)

'The term empathy has become part of our everyday dialogue. As our world continues to face significant cycles of change, there is a growing need for people to connect with and understand one another, and reading can play a crucial role in helping us develop into empathetic human beings.' (Introduction)

[Review Essay] The Bone Sparrow Elissa Gershowtiz , 2017 single work essay
— Appears in: The Horn Book Magazine , January/February vol. 93 no. 1 2017; (p. 92)
Driven by Shared Experiences Joy Lawn , 2016 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 3-4 September 2016; (p. 22)

— Review of The Bone Sparrow Zana Fraillon , 2016 single work children's fiction ; Another Night in Mullet Town Steven Herrick , 2016 single work novel ; Game Theory Barry Jonsberg , 2016 single work novel
Children Can Often See Light in the Darkest of Places Karen Hardy , 2016 single work column
— Appears in: The Sun-Herald , 19 June 2016; (p. 12)
[Review Essay] The Bone Sparrow Margaret Robson Kett , 2016 single work review essay
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , December no. 387 2016; (p. 63)
'Subhi lives with Maa and his older sister Queeny in ‘Family Three’, hoping that the ‘Night Sea’ will bring his Ba back to them. Born in detention to his Rohingya mother after she arrived illegally in Australia, his friend Eli and a kindly ‘Jacket’ make his life one of fitful pleasures amid the uncertainties of camp life. On the other side of the fence, in the nearby community, Jimmie feels besieged by grief following her mother’s death. She needs the comfort of reliving her mother’s stories, which are kept in a treasured book. A mostly absent father and an uncaring brother won’t share them with her; so, since she can’t read her, the stories are lost to her as well. These unlikely individuals meet at a ‘squeezeway’ in the wire, and their mutual needs help them to escape their separate worlds, for a time.' (Introduction)
Driven by Shared Experiences Joy Lawn , 2016 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 3-4 September 2016; (p. 22)

— Review of The Bone Sparrow Zana Fraillon , 2016 single work children's fiction ; Another Night in Mullet Town Steven Herrick , 2016 single work novel ; Game Theory Barry Jonsberg , 2016 single work novel
[Review] The Bone Sparrow Katharine England , 2016 single work review
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 27 August 2016; (p. 40)

— Review of The Bone Sparrow Zana Fraillon , 2016 single work children's fiction
[Review] The Bone Sparrow Sharon Seymour , 2016 single work
— Appears in: Reading Time , September 2016;

— Review of The Bone Sparrow Zana Fraillon , 2016 single work children's fiction
[Review] The Bone Sparrow Kel Butler , 2016 single work review
— Appears in: Buzz Words , September 2016;

— Review of The Bone Sparrow Zana Fraillon , 2016 single work children's fiction
[Review] The Bone Sparrow Emma Stubley , 2016 single work review
— Appears in: Good Reading , August 2016; (p. 57)

— Review of The Bone Sparrow Zana Fraillon , 2016 single work children's fiction
Children Can Often See Light in the Darkest of Places Karen Hardy , 2016 single work column
— Appears in: The Sun-Herald , 19 June 2016; (p. 12)
[Review Essay] The Bone Sparrow Margaret Robson Kett , 2016 single work review essay
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , December no. 387 2016; (p. 63)
'Subhi lives with Maa and his older sister Queeny in ‘Family Three’, hoping that the ‘Night Sea’ will bring his Ba back to them. Born in detention to his Rohingya mother after she arrived illegally in Australia, his friend Eli and a kindly ‘Jacket’ make his life one of fitful pleasures amid the uncertainties of camp life. On the other side of the fence, in the nearby community, Jimmie feels besieged by grief following her mother’s death. She needs the comfort of reliving her mother’s stories, which are kept in a treasured book. A mostly absent father and an uncaring brother won’t share them with her; so, since she can’t read her, the stories are lost to her as well. These unlikely individuals meet at a ‘squeezeway’ in the wire, and their mutual needs help them to escape their separate worlds, for a time.' (Introduction)
[Review Essay] The Bone Sparrow Elissa Gershowtiz , 2017 single work essay
— Appears in: The Horn Book Magazine , January/February vol. 93 no. 1 2017; (p. 92)
Reading and Empathy Maria H. Alessandrino , 2017 single work essay
— Appears in: Magpies : Talking About Books for Children , September vol. 32 no. 4 2017; (p. 16)

'The term empathy has become part of our everyday dialogue. As our world continues to face significant cycles of change, there is a growing need for people to connect with and understand one another, and reading can play a crucial role in helping us develop into empathetic human beings.' (Introduction)

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