A deeply moving story about a boy, detained for his entire life and the friendship that comes from it.
Zana Fraillon lives in Victoria, Australia with her husband and three sons. She worked as a primary school teacher before having children, and has had picture books and middle grade fiction published in Australia. Her debut UK novel, The Bone Sparrow was shortlisted for the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize 2016 and nominated for the CILIP Carnegie Medal 2017.
Zana felt compelled to write The Bone Sparrow because she could not ignore the millions of people who were being forcibly displaced and the millions of children missing out on a childhood. She comments, “The Bone Sparrow was written so we remember the people behind the statistics. Those 65 million stories waiting to be told, those 33 million children wondering if their futures will ever be realised. It was written so we can find the courage to stand for humanity, and the wisdom to imagine a different world. It was written so we may all live in hope.”
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