Tuesday, 28 June 2011

MY SISTER LIVES ON THE MANTELPIECE


MY SISTER LIVES ON THE MANTELPIECE by Annabel Pitcher.

What makes a family? Is it sunshine and flowers, rainbows and happy-ever-afters?
Not in the real world.

Jamie is ten. He lives with his father who drinks too much, his sister Jas who wears black and dyes her hair pink, and his cat Roger. He is bullied at school, waits for his mother to realise she has two children that need her, and has a sister whose remains are in an urn on the mantelpiece.

Jamie doesn’t really remember Rose. Hasn’t cried for her. His mother cried and abandoned them. His father still cries and escapes reality in his drinking. Jas cries, tells Jamie that losing her twin was like losing her shadow.

This book looks at Jamie’s realisation that sometimes the hardest part of death is letting someone go. That families are not perfect and sometimes you just have to be there for each other and muddle along as best you can.


Vicki from Pak

Below is a clip of the author talking about her book.

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