My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece

My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece

A Novel

Book - 2012
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With his family still grieving over his sister's death in a terrorist bombing seven years earlier, twelve-year-old Jamie is far more interested in his cat, Roger, his birthday Spiderman T-shirt, and keeping his new Muslim friend Sunya a secret from his father.
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown & Co., 2012
Edition: 1st U.S. ed
ISBN: 9780316176903
0316176907
Branch Call Number: y PITCHER 2012
Characteristics: 214 p. ; 22 cm

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Seven years later, the death of Jamie's sister is still the most important event in his family's life. His parents, still lost in grief, are failing him and Jas, his surviving sister, in all kinds of ways. Things might get worse before they get better. This is just great, with really believable c... Read More »

A quirky, humorous, poignant story. If you can, listen to the audio version - it's read by the golden-voiced British actor, David Tennant.


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originofanna
Aug 05, 2016

I wasn't a fan of the very oblivious narrator or the way the author wrote conversations (which was totally unnecessary and very annoying) but the story was really good. I was so glad that James started growing ups dn stopped taking everything his dad said as law because his dad was disgusting and it was so frustrating.

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jannylegs
Jul 17, 2016

Heartbreaking yet triumphant.

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Jen24
Jul 06, 2016

This is an important book I think everyone, young and old should read to understand this world's society better. It had me in tears but I loved it.

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DEON JAMES
Feb 04, 2013

It's ok

branch_reviews Dec 05, 2012

The narrator, Jamie, has been through quite a bit in his short ten years. His older sister Rose was the victim of a Muslim terrorist bombing in London five years prior, an act that killed his sister in the most horrible of ways, but also destroyed his parent’s marriage and left Rose’s twin Jasmine nearly invisible as well. Jamie’s mother then runs off with a man from her grief support group, so Jamie’s father moves the three remaining family out into the country to give them “a fresh start”. But when Rose’s urn is yet again placed front and center on the mantelpiece, Jamie and Jasmine know that life is going to be no different there than it was in London. Their dad drinks himself into a grieving stupor each day and it’s up to the kids to care for themselves and their house. Jamie loves his dad and wants to understand, but he really doesn’t even remember his sister Rose, as he was only five when she was killed. Jasmine, on the other hand, remembers everything, and resents her mom for abandoning them and trying to turn her into part of the shrine to Rose. When the only person in school that will befriend Jamie is a Muslim girl, Jamie is torn between his father’s racist beliefs and his own need to have someone in his life that just maybe understands him. Reviewed by DH

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originofanna
Aug 05, 2016

We three kings of Leicester Square, Selling ladies' underwear, It's fantastic, Loads of elastic, Why don't you buy a pair.

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originofanna
Aug 05, 2016

And that is the thing about Christians and Muslims - they both have a God and they both have a book.

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