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My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece

"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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Annabel Pitcher is the award-winning author of "My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece." She graduated from Oxford University with a degree in English Literature. She lives in Yorkshire with her husband.


"Itlives off the page. It has a warmth you can bask in; an honesty you can cutwith a knife." --The Guardian UK A "Kirkus" Best Children's Book List Selection A "Kirkus" Best Children's Book List Selection"Most Deftly Handled" "Atlantic Wire" 2012 YA/MIddle-Grade Award -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 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)"" "It lives off the page. It has a warmth you can bask in; an honesty you can cut with a knife." "The Guardian UK""

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