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My Sister lives on the Mantelpiece by Annabel Pitcher

My Sister lives on the Mantelpiece by Annabel Pitcher. Pub.Orion Children’s Books, 2011.

This novel was advertised as an “emotional rollercoaster ride” and it is. A first novel for Annabel Pitcher and it is really good.

Jasmine and Rose are twins and their brother Jamie narrates this story. Rose was killed by a terrorist bomb when she 10 years old and the whole family fell apart. The father hates anything Muslim and builds a shrine to his lost daughter around an urn that contains the ashes of what was left of Rose after the bomb.

The mother leaves the father for another man and  the father sells the house (too many Muslims in London) and moves Jasmine and Jamie to the Lake District.

Jamie doesn’t understand the death he was only 5 years old at the time and now 5 years later he is searching for his own identity and becomes friends with a Muslim girl, Sunya, who is the really bright spot in this novel.

Jasmine is now 15 years and goes wild. She cuts her hair, dyes it pink and gets herself a boyfriend. The father just drinks and gets angry.

Somber stuff but it has a positive ending and deals with coming to terms with death and grieving,  bullying, race relationships and families under pressure.

Aimed at Intermediate and High school students. It is a compulsive read.

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