My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece by Annabel Pitcher

My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece coverStill grieving the death of his older sister’s twin, Rose, from a terrorist bombing in London five years earlier, ten-year-old Jamie Matthews and his family (his father and teenage sister Jasmine), move to the Lake District for a “Fresh New Start.” His father drinks, his mother is gone, and the only sister he has left has decided to stop eating and colour her hair pink. Even though his family has cried and fallen apart, Jamie hasn’t cried once. Roger hasn’t even cried, but then, he’s a cat and didn’t know Rose very well. To Jamie, Rose is only a memory and he’s much more interested in his cat, his Spiderman T-shirt, belief that his mother will return, and in keeping Sunya, his new friend, a secret from his dad. When he sees a television advertisement for a talent show, Jamie believes it will change his life and bring everyone back together.

This is Jamie’s story, a heart warming tale of a young boy trying to make sense of the pain and sadness that tore his family apart. While the novel is considered young adult, adults may also enjoy and connect with the book because it tackles issues such as loss, grief, acceptance, bullying, friendship, family, and loyalty.

Read reviews here and here.

See the book trailer here!

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