My Sister Lives On The Mantlepiece

my sister lives

 

I haven’t devoured a book so quickly in a long time, My Sister Lives On The Mantlepiece by Annabel Pitcher is an incredibly sad but hopeful kids book about a family destroyed when one of the children, Rose, dies in a terrorist attack, leaving behind a twin sister Jas, a younger brother Jamie who doesn’t really remember his sister, an alcoholic father and a mother who is having an affair. Told from the viewpoint of Jamie, five years later, they’ve moved to the country with their father and it is not the ‘fresh new start’ they were promised. The story is about loss, alcoholism, bullying, friendship, love and islamophobia and it’s one of the best and probably one of the most hard hitting kids books I’ve read in a long time.

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