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Tuesday, 30 August 2016

My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece

My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece by Annabel Pitcher

Jamie has moved to a new home after a tragedy split the family apart. 5 years ago, when Jamie was five, one of his two older sisters was blown up by a bomb. Now, 5 years on Jamies Mum has run away with the man from the support group, and Jamies Dad has turned to alcohol. At Jamies new school, however, there is hope. Jamie has made a friend, called Sunya. There is only one problem, Sunya is a Muslim, Muslims killed Jamies sister, and Jamies dad hates all Muslims becuase of it. Jamie must hide his friendship with Sunya, but is it possible...?

This book is sadly relevant to the hate a lot of muslims are getting at the moment, such as the Burkini Ban in France. You can read about that here.

I think this book is well written, and I liked the way you had issues that are often not discussed with children, through the eyes of a ten year old. The plot was well thought out. I liked the way there was a bit of a super hero theme. I liked the way there were quite a few themes going on at once. These themes include friendship and family.

I am going to give it a 9/10
and an age rating of 12+