My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece - 9781444001839

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  • Product code: ABFCF
  • ISBN: 9781444001839
  • Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
  • Format: Hardback
  • Dimensions: 20.1cm x 13.5cm
  • Pages: 240
  • Publish date: 01/03/2011

My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece (Hardback)

My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece - 9781444001839

Annabel Pitcher

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Ten-year-old Jamie Matthews has just moved to the Lake District with his Dad and his teenage sister, Jasmine for a 'Fresh New Start'.

Five years ago his sister's twin, Rose, was blown up by a terrorist bomb. His parents are wrecked by their grief, Jasmine turns to piercing, pink hair and stops eating. The family falls apart.

But Jamie hasn't cried in all that time. To him Rose is just a distant memory. Jamie is far more interested in his cat, Roger, his birthday Spider-Man T-shirt, and in keeping his new friend Sunya a secret from his dad.

And in his deep longing and unshakeable belief that his Mum will come back to the family she walked out on months ago. When he sees a TV advert for a talent show, he feels certain that this will change everything and bring them all back together once and for all.

Annabel Pitcher's My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece has been chosen as a World Book Night book for 2015.

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Product Details

  • Product code: ABFCF
  • ISBN: 9781444001839
  • Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
  • Format: Hardback
  • Dimensions: 20.1cm x 13.5cm
  • Pages: 240
  • Publish date: 01/03/2011

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Jamie has never cried about his sister's death. He knows he should be mourning her, but he barely knew her. How do you cry over someone you didn't know? Five years on his family is in pieces: Mum's left, Dad's drinking, Jas doesn't eat and Jamie's left with questions he needs answers to. Will his family ever be the same again? I found this story heart-warming, compelling and everything seemed real. I loved the way it was written through a ten-year-old's perspective. What they thought about a loss of a family member, and how it ripped everyone else apart. Annabel Pitcher's modern, contemporary style was brilliant. I kept wondering about Jamie after the last page. The book gave me some strong, emotional questions which really got me thinking! I would rate this 5/5. It is an enjoyable, compassionate tale which I'm sure you will enjoy.

Becky Howitt, 06/08/2014

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It is five years since Jamie's twin sister, Rose, was killed by a terrorist bomb. She lives on in a picture on the mantelpiece - hence the title of this novel. Jamie's family has moved from London to the Lake District but it is falling apart: his mother has left the family, his father is inconsolable and his older sister Jasmine is becoming a self-harming anorexic. Jamie soon gets into trouble when he's accused of stealing at his new school. His problems look set to deepen even further but at least he has a good friend Sunya. When Jamie spots an advert for participants in a talent show, he hopes this will be one way of reuniting his broken family again. This book touches on some very serious issues, like loneliness, self-harm, anorexia and conflicts with parents, but it offers readers the hope that even major problems can be resolved if you possess friendship and self-confidence. I will strongly recommend it to all my friends over the age of 12.

Charlotte Westwood, 06/08/2014

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As the blurb sets out, this is an emotional book. We read it as a family and together we laughed, cried and chuckled our way through this book. Gritty real life, with love, humour, frustration and unexpected twists. Carefully covering racism and parental neglect. Despite all, our boy comes out better than you could wish.

Jasmine and Max, 13/06/2012

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"I loved this book" -

Excellent book for older children and adults. Sensitively covers unspoken prejudice with feeling. I loved this book.

Carolyn, 06/11/2011

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