The Bone Sparrow

2017 ABIA Book of the Year for Older Children

Winner, Readings Young Adult Book Prize 2017

CBCA Honour Book 2017 - Older Readers

Shortlisted for the 2017 Prime miniser's Literary Awards

Shortlisted fo
r the 2017 Queensland Literary Awards

Shortlisted for the 2017 Victorian Premier's Literary Awards

Shortlisted for The Guardian Children's Fiction Prize 2016

Shortlisted for the Gold Inky Award 2017

Shortlisted for the 2017 CILIP Carnegie Medal

Carnegie Medal Amnesty CILIP Honour Book 2017

IBBY Australia Honour Book 2018

'A special book.' - Morris Gleitzman

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.

'a tragic, beautifully crafted and wonderful book' - The Independent

  • Pub date: 28.06.16
  • RRP: $19.99
  • Format: Paperback / softback

Author

Zana Fraillon

Zana Fraillon was born in Melbourne, but spent her early childhood in San Francisco. Her 2016 novel The Bone Sparrow won the ABIA Book of the Year for Older Children, the Readings Young Adult Book Prize and the Amnesty CILIP Honour. It was also shortlisted for the Prime Minister's Literary Awards, the Queensland Literary Awards, the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize, the Gold Inky and the CILIP Carnegie Medal.

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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