My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece

Pitcher, Annabel

Downloadable Audiobook - 2012
Average Rating: 5 stars out of 5.
My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece
Ten-year-old Jamie Matthews has just moved to the Lake District with his Dad and his teenage sister, Jasmine for a "Fresh New Start." Five years ago his sister's twin, Rose, was blown up by a terrorist bomb. His parents are wrecked by their grief, Jasmine turns to piercing, pink hair, and stops eating. The family falls apart. But Jamie hasn't cried in all that time. To him Rose is just a distant memory. Jamie is far more interested in his cat, Roger, his birthday Spiderman T-shirt, and in keeping his new friend Sunya a secret from his dad. And in his deep longing and unshakeable belief that his Mum will come back to the family she walked out on months ago. When he sees a TV ad for a talent show, he feels certain that this will change everything and bring them all back together once and for all.

Publisher: [North Kingstown] : Hachette Audio, 2012
ISBN: 1619691280
Branch Call Number: OverDrive downloadable audiobook
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 sound file)


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Jamie's whole family has been torn apart by his sister's death, and things just keep getting worse, even though it happened five years ago. Now his mother has run off with another man, and Jamie and his surviving sister, Jas, are left with their father, who mostly seems to drink and cry. But Jami... Read More »

A quirky, humorous, poignant story read by the golden-voiced British actor, David Tennant.

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Aug 16, 2014
  • SuzeParker rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Jamie Matthews, 10 years old, doesn't even remember Rose, who was blown up in a London terrorist attack five years earlier. What he does know is that, in the aftermath, his family has fallen apart. His mother believes she needs the new man she's met in her grief support group more than her surviving children need HER. (Don't get me started on parents who abandon their children.) Jamie's father drowns his sorrow in booze. (Don't get me started on that, either.)

Jasmine, Rose's twin, is just 15, but has to be mother and father to Jamie, all while trying to deal with losing her sister, moving to a new town and being an anchorless teenager.

The mean boys at the new school figure Jamie's a perfect whipping boy. So pretty much everything that could go wrong, does.

Yet, with all the bad things that happen, there's Jamie, this plucky, sweet little boy who's finding his way in life with the help of a wonderful new friend at school (even though she's exactly the wrong kind of friend, according to Dad)and a pretty cool big sister.

There were moments this book was so sad I thought I couldn't go on reading. But I couldn't stop, either, because I so wanted everything to turn out alright for Jamie and Jas.

I loved this book.


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