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My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece | [Annabel Pitcher]

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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 advert for a talent show, he feels certain that this will change everything and bring them all back together once and for all.

©2011 Annabel Pitcher (P)2011 Orion Publishing Group Ltd

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    Louise London, United Kingdom 18/05/2011
    Louise London, United Kingdom 18/05/2011 Member Since 2005
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    "Enthralling!"

    I initially downloaded this for my daughter - but I started listening and was spellbound. This is a very contemporary and compelling story which covers loss, grief, prejudice and abandonment. The author lets you see tragedy from all angles and the whole book is thought provoking and touching. David Tennant does a fantastic job of setting just the right tone, and at times I am sure I detected a tear in his eye. Fabulous book - highly recommended!

    15 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    MaryAnne Bangor, United Kingdom 04/08/2011
    MaryAnne Bangor, United Kingdom 04/08/2011
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    "Touching"

    I really enjoyed this touching story of ten-year-old Jamie, desperately seeking the love of his alcoholic father and absent mother. Neither parent is coping well with life after the loss of their third child, a twin daughter, Rose, who was killed five years previously by a terrorist bomb. Only Rose's remaining twin, Jasmine (Jas), has any time for Jamie, but even she has now dyed her hair pink and has a green haired boyfriend.

    When Dad gets a job in the Lake District, they move from London, and Jamie has the added trauma of settling into a new school. Only Sunja pays him any attention, but she is a Muslim and "Muslims killed my daughter", as Dad constantly reminds him. Jamie is torn between loyalty to Dad and his friendship with Sunja.

    As I listened to the Audible version of this book, read with feeling by David Tennant, I was totally drawn in to Jamie's life and struggles and his gradual understanding of the dynamics of his traumatised family.
    I think adults and teens would probably approach this book from different view points but it is an excellent read for both.
    Highly recommended and I look forward to Anabel Pitcher's next book.

    12 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Adrienne Harrogate, United Kingdom 05/06/2011
    Adrienne Harrogate, United Kingdom 05/06/2011 Member Since 2010
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    "What a brilliant listen"

    David Tennant is one of those really unusual readers who can "be" multiple characters really convincingly - he brings the story alive so much so that when he describes a really sad bit about a animal that I found myself crying my eyes out at 5.30 in the morning whilst I listened to my book. What a brilliant story, brilliantly delivered. I love David Tennant so much - he is the boyfriend I want my daughter to bring home :)

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Dawn Hemel Hempstead, United Kingdom 01/11/2011
    Dawn Hemel Hempstead, United Kingdom 01/11/2011 Member Since 2010
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    "Enchanting and moving from start to end."

    What an absolutely lovely book, narrated beautifully by David Tennant. A moving story, tackling very difficult issues, seen through the innocent eyes of a 10yr old boy. This book is suitable for boys and girls age 10+, right through to adults. In fact I can't help thinking that adults will get so much more out of this book.
    Very highly recommended.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Victoria 12/06/2011
    Victoria 12/06/2011
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    "Heart-warming and heart-rending in equal measure"

    This is a fantastic listen, a story told entirely by the 10-year old narrator, innocently revealing the ruin of his family in incidental details as he tells you about his daily life. I defy anybody to listen to the last 40 minutes or so without bursting into tears at some point. I think I heard the whole thing inside 24 hours, and would not be surprised if some people manage it in one sitting. It is totally compulsive and utterly realistic, without dragging the listener down. A must-buy.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    James Devizes, United Kingdom 11/10/2011
    James Devizes, United Kingdom 11/10/2011 Member Since 2011
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    "A funny yet moving exprience"

    An emotional ride through a young boy's eyes, read with feeling. Thought provoking while combating the lump in the throat. The amusing interludes helped immensly. A great listen.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Paula Hexham, United Kingdom 22/11/2011
    Paula Hexham, United Kingdom 22/11/2011 Member Since 2009
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    "Captivating"

    This is a very unusual book - beautifully written and beautifully narrated. I was torn between wanting to listen to it and wanting to save it so I didn't get to the end too quickly!
    Be warned though; don't listen to it unless you have a big box of tissues nearby. I would highly recommend this book.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Helen Settle, United Kingdom 21/07/2012
    Helen Settle, United Kingdom 21/07/2012 Member Since 2006
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    "Well read and entertaining"

    I really enjoyed this book, read by David Tennant. It is very well narrated and David Tennant really brings the characters to life. It kept my attention throughout and made me laugh and cry. Very well done.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Melissa London, United Kingdom 12/06/2012
    Melissa London, United Kingdom 12/06/2012
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    "Loved it!"

    David Tennant does a great job on here. The book is funny and moving at times. the characters were believable and sweet. One of my favourite audios so far!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    15/12/2011
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    "Moving and thought provoking"

    A very good listen. Moving and honest. It felt real and a lot was said in matters that were hinted at but not explicitly explored.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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  • Jill
    Browns Plains, Australia
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    "Memorable Listen"

    Just listened to this audio book read by David Tennant.
    What a perfect voice for Jamie the main character in this tale of loss and coming to terms with grief. This moving story also touches on bullying and racism. Touching, adored it from start to finish.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Lynn
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    "Loved it !!"

    Beautifully written and narrated. A little gem of a story. Touched on some heavy issues such as grief, abandonment, alcoholism, racial prejudice and family breakdown, but still managed to be uplifting as well as heartbreaking.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Peta-Jo
    Robertson, Australia
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    "Brilliant"

    A beautifully emotional journey from the simplicity of a child's viewpoint. I thoroughly enjoyed listening to the wonderfully talented David Tennant, but the story itself was amusing and heart wrenching. It both strengthens you and breaks your heart. It was brilliantly written and it was so easy to feel as though you were Jamie. I love it and will certainly, quite willingly listen to it again. I highly recommend it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Sue
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    "Amazing"

    An absolutely wonderful, touching story. The characters and emotions are terribly real and you are completely drawn into their world. David Tennant reads beautifully, more subdued than for other books, embodying the heartbreak and joy in this family's life.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Siobhan
    Rathgar, Ireland
    09/04/11
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    "Brilliant"

    I couldn't stop listening to this book. It pulled me in and wouldn't let me go until it was done. Telling a story dealing with issues as contentious and sad as this through the eyes of a 10 year old boy is a brave and hard thing to do. It could have gone spectacularly wrong, but it works wonderfully.

    There are were a couple of times when the audio skipped, but it didn't affect my enjoyment of the book, and David Tennant reads wonderfully, bringing all the characters and emotions to life.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • S
    Carnegie, Australia
    20/10/13
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    "Compelling, honest and wonderful"
    What did you like about this audiobook?

    Written from the perspective of a ten year old, this book shines a light on loss, racism, intolerance and grief in a way that is not sentimental and which utterly engages both Children and adults alike. My 6 and 9 year olds both loved the book, with each being able to access it at different levels. I loved it too. David Tennant is a perfect narrator. We forgot we were listening to 'DR Who" within ten minutes- he captures the innocence, poignancy and truth in Jamie's narrative voice beautifully,


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • natalie
    Larrakeyah, Australia
    12/04/13
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    "Great book with raw honesty"

    I loved this book so much. The story was written and told with such authenticity and lack of sentimentality that it was breath of fresh air and it made the sad parts more real and poignant.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Johan
    Hervey Bay, Australia
    25/09/12
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    "A tale of love and hope"
    Would you consider the audio edition of My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece to be better than the print version?

    I have not read the book


    What did you like best about this story?

    It addresses emotive subjects in a gritty but sensitive way without becoming maudlin


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Where dad and son share the pain of "letting go" of departed loved ones, and the little boy persuades dad to keep just one little portion before it is irrevocably lost


    If you could take any character from My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Jasmine the boy's older sibling. She suffered much pain with the death of her twin sister, a turmoil she was forced to internalise to a great extent. Hearing about her inner conflicts and how she resolved them would be an uplifting experience.


    Any additional comments?

    The narrator, David Tennant deserves much praise for the appeal of this audio book. He portrays the individual characters in a convincing manner.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kylie
    Shoalhaven Heads, NSW, Australia
    28/05/12
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    "Wow"
    Would you consider the audio edition of My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece to be better than the print version?

    I haven't read the print version, but I can't imagine a better experience than hearing David Tennant reading this book


    What did you like best about this story?

    The stroy itself was profound and insightful. The eyes of a ten year old boy offer new insights into grief, racism and family struggles


    What about David Tennant’s performance did you like?

    He captured the heart and soul of the 10 year old boy, I loved it


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Javier
    Madrid, Spain
    15/05/12
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    "This is a beatiful story about friendship."
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Yes, I would recommend because when you read the book you feel thrilled with the feelings of the children


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The girl, Sunya


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Yes


    Do you think My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No, I don't think so. It's very easy to read it. Perhaps too much for old people very used to reading..


    Any additional comments?

    The book is perfect for teenagers.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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