My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece Paperback – 1 Jul 2013
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This is a warm-hearted, funny tale which will by turns make your spirit soar and your heart break... Painfully honest and beautifully written, you'll devour it - and hopefully be left looking at the world a little differently. (COSMOPOLITAN)
...it was so moving, sad and yet ultimately uplifting in a way I can't possibly describe to you. It's just something you simply have to read for yourself. (MAGIC OF READING)
This is a book which could easily have sunk under the weight of sentimentality. That it doesn't, that it is an inspiring tale of resilience and kindness, is a tribute to Pitcher. This is a fine debut novel. Truthful, clear-eyed and wise. (Martin Chilton THE TELEGRAPH)
Tackling current issues, this debut is brave and significant. (DAILY EXPRESS)
You know how, every once in a while, you find a book that you know will become a class reader, found in every book cupboard, on every reading list? Well, My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece is just one of those books. It is a stunning, special read. (NATE CLASSROOM)
Heartbreaking and funny in near equal measure the story of 10-year-old Jamie's direct and wide-eyed telling of the emotional chaos he and his family live through following the death of his sister in a terrorist attack is poignant and warm hearted. Emotionally charged, this is a wonderful, touching story that never slips into worthiness. (THE OBSERVER)
I can't imagine you could read this novel and remain dry-eyed ro fail to clutch it tightly, desperate to know what happens next but almost unable to turn the page to fund out in case it's not what you hoped it would be. (CORNFLOWER BOOKS)
I loved this book! Jamie was a fantastic narrator and I felt I understood his complex problems entirely (FARM LANE BOOKS)
the story is told with warmth and humour. A tear-jerker, but without sentimentality. (THE INDEPENDENT)
The stand out title of the year, a heart-warming tale of a young boy whose elder sister has been killed in a bomb attack in London. Despite the dramatic premise, this book manages to be both solidly realistic and very funny. An exceptional debut. (Suzi Feay FINANCIAL TIMES)
... at time funny, at times unbearably sad and is at all times brutally honest. It is one tale that cannot and will not leave you unmoved, and is a truly convincing debut novel. (LIBRARY MICE)
an original, warm and subtle exploration of grief... A complex beautifully drawn story infused with dry wit. (Viv Groskop THE OBSERVER)
Narrated by ten year old Jamie, a stunning debut novel about the tragedy that tears apart his family after a terrorist attack, and how they rebuild their lives.See all Product Description
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Jamie is a wonderful character. The book is written in the first person, and what Jamie tells us, the readers, is unintentionally funny as he takes things quite literally. But you can also feel his bewilderment and pain at what has happened to his family. He doesn't remember Rose and he doesn't understand why she seems to be all that matters to his parents, rather than him and his other sister Jas. He's also trying to fit into a new school in the Lake District, where he meets a girl who he knows he shouldn't be friends with, and incurs the wrath of the school bully.
Unusually for me, I knew as soon as I started reading this book that I would love it. It's totally uncompromising, and Jamie is quite blunt about what happened to Rose, as kids often are. It kept my interest from start to finish and I loved picking it up to read it.
This is one of the best young adult novels I have read, and it is definitely a book that adults can read and enjoy too. I look forward to seeing what Annabel Pitcher does next, as she is an author to watch in the future.
Five years ago Rose died. One moment that tore Jamie's family apart. Now his Mum has left them, his Dad is an alcoholic and the only person there for him is his sister Jas, who was Rose's twin. But nobody understands why he doesn't cry for Rose, why he doesn't miss her, because they remember her and he doesn't, he was too young when she died. Now they have moved to the Lake District for a new start, to make things better, only it doesn't seem to be working. Jamie still has deal with school bullies and his mother's indifference. And just how does he explain to his father that his only friend is a Muslim, especially after Islamic terrorists killed his sister.
People have been telling me that I should read this book for months, that it is a heartbreaking, moving story that just deserves to be read. Yet I'd been putting it off because I hated the cover. Yep that's right, me, a school librarian that tells kids daily that they shouldn't judge a book by a cover was put off by a cover. I was so relieved when the Carnegie books were delivered and I found that they had changed the cover for the paperback. One I could get excited about reading it now and two the cover actually matches the story that I'd been told about.
And the story. I'm beginning to wonder if the Carnegie judges have shares in Kleenex this year as this is yet another shortlisted book that can't help but move you to tears. I keep wondering if all the Year 7's shadowing the Awards will give up due to the bleakness of some of the books but they are just so well written that they keep coming back for more. This is no exception. The book is written from Jamie's point of view and by the end you feel as though you know him inside out.Read more ›
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Fantastic! This is without doubt the best book I have read for a long time. The characters are wonderful, the story line isn't predictable and I couldn't put it down 😊Published 13 days ago by Suzie
I loved this book! I wept buckets at the end too. It's imaginative, poignant, original and funny (in places).Published 17 days ago by Susan
Morbid in a childish sense I guess it would be poignant to some readers if they had gone thru anything similar.Published 24 days ago by Liz bayes
Enjoyed this book, sad in parts,but very true to life. This book deals we a family bereavement and how it effects the members of v the family differently, but mainly through a 10... Read morePublished 25 days ago by Eileen
I really liked the story, it felt as if I was the Main character going on the journey with him. Brace yourself for the ending pay off, it's emotional but so worth it. Read morePublished 29 days ago by Annette
A story full of heartache, fun, joy, prejudice, sadness, bullying and most of all about growing up and family. Thoroughly enjoyed it. Only criticism is the timing of Ramadan.Published 1 month ago by Rose Thurman
I loved this book, the child's view narrative detail is wonderful and the characters convincing. Genuinely pulls the heart strings but not in a cliche kind of way.Published 1 month ago by jennyhen
good book quite deep and thought provoking well written and have recommended it to all my friendsPublished 1 month ago by neil