My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece by Annabel Pitcher

My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece is about a boy called Jamie and his family, who are still trying to cope with the loss of his sister’s twin, Rose who was blown up by a terrorist bomb in London five years ago.  Jamie, his dad and sister, Jas decide to move to the Lake District for a ‘fresh start.’  Jamie’s parents are still grieving – his dad has turned to drink and his mum has run off with the support worker.  His sister Jasmine turns to dying her hair, piercing and stops eating.  Jamie however doesn’t really remember his sister and he hasn’t cried at all.  Jamie is more interested in his cat, Roger, his Superman t-shirt, and keeping his new friend Sunya a secret.  Sunya is Muslim and Jamie’s dad keeps reminding him that ‘Muslim’s killed your sister,’ so he must never find out about her.  Jamie’s one wish is that his mum will come back to them and he’ll wear his Superman t-shirt until the day that she does.  When he sees an ad for a TV talent show, he comes up with a plan that he is sure will get his family back together again.

My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece is one of those books that can make you laugh one minute and cry the next.  Jamie is a lovable character that everyone can relate to.  Even with everything that is going in his family, Jamie holds onto the hope that he can fix things and get things back to the way they were.  He has a mind of his own and stands up for what he believes is right and wrong.  If you like stories that are more about the characters than fast-paced action sequences then My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece is for you.     Recommended for 10+       10 out of 10

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