My Sister Lives On The Mantelpiece
Little Brown 2012
My Sister Lives On The Mantelpiece was a unique novel about a boy whose older sister was killed in a terrorist attack. Even though it is five years later in the start of the novel, his family is still suffering greatly from that traumatic event. His father loathes anything or anyone that isn't British, and he drinks, though nobody likes to admit it. His mother left, and the twin of the sister who died - Jas- struggles to be her own person. The family moved in an attempt to get a fresh start, and in this new town Jamie made a new friend he knew his father wouldn't like - a young Muslim girl. Through the eyes of ten year old Jamie, readers experience how difficult it is to let go. Overall, Pitcher's novel was very good, and a quick read. There were funny parts and sad parts, parts that confused me and parts I could relate to. The novel is unique as it explores coping with loss, dealing with change, and the troubles of being ten. I recommend this book because the narrator is interesting, the storyline is touching, and the characters are memorable. This book was good, but as for reading age I'm not entirely sure what it should be. The ten year old narrator gives it a childlike quality, but there are some deep aspects of the book younger readers might not understand. Either way, it was a good read.
Rating: 4 Better than most