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  • Orion Childrens

My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece

Annabel Pitcher

5 Reviews

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For National Curriculum Key Stage 3, For National Curriculum Key Stage 4 & GCSE, Interest age: from c 12 years, Fiction, Family & home stories (Children's / Teenage), Personal & social issues: death & bereavement (Chi

A bestselling, moving, poignant yet gently funny novel about one boy's struggle to deal with the aftermath of his sister's death in a terrorist attack. This book is more relevant today than ever.

A bestselling, moving, poignant yet gently funny novel about one boy's struggle to deal with the aftermath of his sister's death in a terrorist attack. This book is more relevant today than ever.

Five years ago, Jamie's sister, Rose, was blown up by a terrorist bomb. His family is torn apart by their grief. His mum runs away. His dad turns to drink and hate. Rose's surviving twin sister Jasmine stops eating, gets piercings and dyes her hair pink - anything to look different to her twin. 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 Spiderman T-shirt, and his deep longing and unshakeable belief that his Mum will come back to the family she walked out on months ago.

But moving away for a Fresh New Start introduces Jamie to something else very interesting - a girl named Sunya. Sunya is bright, exciting and fun, and the one person at school he can call a friend. But how far can this new friendship grow when Jamie is desperate that his dad doesn't find out?

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Praise for My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece

  • Brilliantly observed and packing a huge emotional punch, this impressive debut manages to be heartbreaking, poignant and hilariously funny, and quite unputdownable. - The Bookseller

  • A compelling and courageous novel. - Jenny Downham, author of BEFORE I DIE

  • If there was a book to redefine the phrase 'emotional rollercoaster' it's this one... - Sugarscape.com

  • This appealing story explores tolerance and intolerance, and ways of grieving and loving. - The Sunday Times

  • A book full of hope. It is sure to resonate with its readers for a long time. - Waterstones Books Quarterly

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Annabel Pitcher

Annabel graduated from Oxford University with a degree in English Literature and an ambition to be a children's author. She had a variety of jobs before deciding to travel the world and focus on writing. Annabel now lives in Yorkshire with her husband and two young sons.

Her first book, MY SISTER LIVES ON THE MANTELPIECE, won the Branford Boase and a Betty Trask Award in 2012 and KETCHUP CLOUDS won the 2014 Waterstones Children's Prize. Annabel's work has been shortlisted for numerous prestigious awards including the Dylan Thomas Prize, the Galaxy British Book Award and the Red House Children's Book Award and longlisted for the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize and the 2012 CILIP Carnegie Medal.

Visit Annabel's website at www.annabelpitcher.com and follow her on Twitter @APitcherAuthor.

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