My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece

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 Spiderman 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.

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What we think of this book & ideas for gifting

The heartbreaking story of young Jamie and his family, whose world is ripped apart by an act of terrorism, is also deeply warm-hearted, tender and surprisingly hilarious. Jamie is a brilliant, truthful and insightful narrator and like Skellig, this wonderful book is thought of as a YA novel but will be loved by new readers of all ages.