Sunday, 28 November 2010

My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece, annabel Pitcher: During the Reading of Which Several Bits of Grit Fell into my Eyes

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Sorry for the lack of updates, I've had a virus and I haven't trusted Lauren with a login of her own yet. On with the review!

My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece is the story of 10 year old Jamie whose family has been torn apart after one of his older twin sisters is killed during a terrorist attack. Yep, it's that happy.

The story picks up about 5 years after Jamie's sister has been killed. He and his father and sister are moving to the Lake District to escape from London muslims (Jamie's dad  has a problem with muslims and thinks there aren't any in the Lake district) and try to start a new life.

Jamie's dad quickly falls into his old ways of drinking and it is left for Jamie's sister Jas to try to look after him. Much of the book revolves around their relationship and how Jas, who is 15 tries to cope with looking after an alcoholic father and a younger brother who won't take off his Spiderman top. The relationship between Jas and Jamie is fantastically developed and believable (along with the father when he isn't in a stupor).

Jamie has a tough time at his new school and his only friend is a muslim girl called Sunya. He begrudgingly accepts her and the conflict of the story develops around their relationship as Jamie tries to keep it secret from his father.

I can't really fault anything with this story, it has a good pace, is believable, doesn't simplify things or patronise the reader and doesn't give you a happy ever after ending. Things get better but in a believable way and only after some really tough times.

My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece is out in February and will be about £7ish I guess.