Tuesday, February 25, 2014

My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece by Annabel Pitcher

Poor Jamie!  Five years ago his little sister Rose was killed in a terrorist attack in London.  It was shocking and terrible and it has caused Jamie's family to gradually crumble.  Jamie is only 10 and he struggles to understand what is happening.  Jamie hasn't cried in that whole time and he has bottled up all his feelings and emotions inside himself, but he can hardly remember his sister but her ashes are in the urn on the mantlepiece in the lounge and he can see that every day.

This is one of the saddest books I've ever read, it is gut wrenching, taking you into Jamie's world, his feelings, his poor struggling Mum and his Dad who is full of troubles.  While the book is only small and very easy to read, it might be the most complex book you read this year.  Fabulous writing, perfect characters. Wonderful book. 

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