October 18, 2012

Review: My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece

My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece by Annabel Pitcher

This is a Cyblis review.

This book tells the story of Jamie, a boy who's sister Rose died in a terrorist attack in England. As a result, his family is pretty messed up. He moves to a new school with his absent, alcoholic father and his older sister Jas (who was Rose's twin). He meets one friendly student, who is Muslim, but the rest of the students bully him and treat him like an outsider. The book was funny, touching, and very poignant at times. Jamie deals with a very wide range of emotions as he works to overcome the event that so shaped his life.

Pros: This book is very touching, sweet, and real. I couldn't put it down and ended up reading it late into the night. Also, Jamie's thought processes are perfect for a ten year old boy.

Cons: It's very real, and may be too real for some students as it deals frankly with some very sensitive subject matter (terrorism, race relations, alcoholism, loss, and others).

This review is based on a library copy.

Until next time, bon voyage and happy reading!

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