My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece
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Ten-year-old Jamie Mathews and his family, consisting of his sister, Jasmine, who is 15, and his father, an alcoholic, moves to the Lake District from London after Jamie's mother has an affair and leaves. Sitting on the Mantelpiece in their new home is the ashes of Rose, Jas's twin sister, who was killed on September 9 in the London Bombings, five years earlier. Jas has been deeply troubled by the death of her sister, yet it doesn't bother Jamie since he was too young to really know Rose and thus he hasn't cried since. At his new school, a Church of England school, Jamie befriends Sunya, who is a Muslim. Jamie knows his father wouldn't approve of their friendship, as he hates Muslims and blames Rose's death on the entire Muslim population.
Rose Matthews: 8-12 years old to play a 9-year-old. A twin of Jas, who Rose likes to tease. She doesn't, however, realize it's lowering Jas's self-esteem. She is always trying to out-do Jas to be the perfect daughter. In this book I like how Annabel Pitcher writes through the eyes of a ten-year-old boy. Jamie is a normal boy whose family is traumatised. The author has done an exceptional job of displaying the emotions of the characters, it is this and Jamie's hopeful outlook that make the book flow brilliantly and make you want to read every last word. A través de Jaime nos cuenta como es su vida junto con una familia destructurada, de su día a día en su nueva escuela, su esperanza de volver a ver su madre mientras todos los días se pone su camisa de Spiderman y de su amistad con Sunya. Es difícil no querer a Jaime. Su voz es tan fuerte que siempre he terminado poniéndome de su parte y querer ver todo desde su punto de vista. Aunque hay que reconocer que una vez en nuestras vidas hemos vivido desde ese punto de vista cuando eramos muy chicos.My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece is a coming-of-age novel by British author Annabel Pitcher, first published in 2011. It focuses on and is narrated by ten-year-old Jaime Mathews, who moves with his teenage sister Jas and their alcoholic father to the country from their home in London, after his mother has an affair and leaves the family. The title refers to Rose, Jamie’s older sister and Jas’ twin, who was killed five years ago in a terrorist bombing. Although Jas has been deeply traumatized by her twin sister’s death, Jamie was only five when she was killed and didn’t really know her that well. He struggles to understand the depth of his family’s grief, which complicates things when he befriends Sunya, a Muslim girl at his new school, and comes up against his father’s deep prejudice against Muslims. Exploring themes of grief, growing up, identity, and bigotry in the age of terrorism, My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece was highly praised for its nuanced take on mature issues through the eyes of a child. It won the 2012 Branford Boase Award and was nominated for multiple other awards.
This story follows ten-year-old Jamie, after one of his sisters died during a terrorist bombing, and the effects this has had within his family. His mother and father are separated, mother has found another lover, father has become a fervent Islamophobe, and his other sister Jas, lives in the shadow of Rose, the one that died. But Jamie meets a girl, a Muslim girl named Sunya, that is nothing like his father says, and he begins to question whether or not he can follow his father’s views. I won't write more about the important relationships in the books, because to me, a huge part of the story's magic relies on seeing them bloom for yourself. I quite liked how the author depicted most of the adult as well as the kids as complex characters, and how they interacted with each other. However, I wasn't a fan of the parts that took place at school because they featured some pretty horrible characters, but I think Sunya's presence made up for it. My Sister Lives On The Mantelpiece is a 2011 novel written by Annabel Pitcher. It won the 2012 Branford Boase Award,  and received at least 25 other award nominations. Dad (Robert Matthews): 14-18 years old to play an adult. A father who's wife left him after the death of one of his daughters. He is a drunk, constantly hung-over, and a terrible parent. He doesn't care about his current children because he's too caught up in the grief of losing Rose. He feels neglected by his wife, and misses her. He is extremely racist towards Muslims because he believes Muslims were the ones who planted the bomb that killed his daughter. I was almost finished writing a review for this when I pressed a button that made it all disappear. SO now I'm mad. Sunya is another brilliant character. She is too young in my opinion to wear a hijab, but she wants to, and she doesn’t let other’s opinions of this and her culture stop her bad-assery. She goes by Girl-M, her superhero name, and is very witty and kind, and ever so clever when it comes to taking revenge on the bullies. (Her hijab is an important part of the book later on, so pay attention, so sad and good I want to cry.)