My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece

My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece

A Novel

Book - 2012
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"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." --Amazon
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown & Co., 2012.
Edition: 1st U.S. ed.
ISBN: 9780316176903
Call Number: PITCHER
Characteristics: 214 p. ; 22 cm
Subjects: Grief -- Fiction.
Death -- Fiction.
Families -- Fiction.
England -- Fiction.


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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.

Jul 17, 2016

Heartbreaking yet triumphant.

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.

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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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.

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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