My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece (Hardcover)
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 9780316176903, 224pp.
Publication Date: August 14, 2012
My sister Rose lives on the mantelpiece. Well, some of her does. A collarbone, two ribs, a bit of skull, and a little toe.
To ten-year-old Jamie, his family has fallen apart because of the loss of someone he barely remembers: his sister Rose, who died five years ago in a terrorist bombing. To his father, life is impossible to make sense of when he lives in a world that could so cruelly take away a ten-year-old girl. To Rose's surviving fifteen year old twin, Jas, everyday she lives in Rose's ever present shadow, forever feeling the loss like a limb, but unable to be seen for herself alone.
Told with warmth and humor, this powerful novel is a sophisticated take on one family's struggle to make sense of the loss that's torn them apart... and their discovery of what it means to stay together.
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Praise For My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece…
-An ALA 2013 Notable Books for Children Pick-A Kirkus Best Children's Book List Selection-"Most Deftly Handled" Atlantic Wire 2012 YA/Middle-Grade Award
* "[A] striking debut. Realistic, gritty, and uplifting."—Kirkus (starred review)
* "Straddles that fine line between funny and tragic... As a study of grief's collateral damage, it deals with the topic realistically without losing sight of hope."—Booklist (starred review)
* "In this powerfully honest, quirkily humorous debut novel...Pitcher tackles grief, prejudice, religion, bullying, and familial instability."—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
* "Compelling and believable...by turns heartbreaking and hysterically funny... This is an important book that could be used in classes and book-discussion groups. Don't let it fall through the cracks."—School Library Journal (starred review)
lives off the page. It has a warmth you can bask in; an honesty you can cut
with a knife." —The Guardian UK