My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece by Annabel Pitcher audiobook

My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece

By Annabel Pitcher
Read by David Tennant

By Annabel Pitcher
Read by David Tennant

Little, Brown Young Readers 9780316176903
5.93 Hours Unabridged
Format : Digital Download (In Stock)
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My sister Rose lives on the mantelpiece. Well, some of her does. A collarbone, two ribs, a bit of skull, and a little toe. 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 story 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.

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Summary

Summary

Longlisted for the 2011 Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize

A 2013 ALA Notable Book for Children

Winner of the 2012 Atlantic Wire YA/Middle-Grade Award for Most Deftly Handled

Named a Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books for Children for 2013

Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award

My sister Rose lives on the mantelpiece.

Well, some of her does.

A collarbone, two ribs, a bit of skull, and a little toe.

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 story 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.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

"It lives off the page. It has a warmth you can bask in; an honesty you can cut with a knife." —The Guardian UK
“[A] powerfully honest, quirkily humorous debut novel…Jamie’s pivotal friendship with a Muslim girl, Sunya, is a standout. Pitcher tackles grief, prejudice, religion, bullying, and familial instability through the unsentimental voice of a boy who loves Spider-Man and Manchester United, misses his mother, and—truth be told—doesn’t remember his dead sister all that well. The adults in Pitcher’s story may be a mess, but the kids are all right.” Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“As a study of grief’s collateral damage, it deals with the topic realistically without losing sight of hope. Jamie is a frank narrator whose naïveté is tempered by the wisdom he acquires. He relies on his relationship with Jas for stability and eventually sets his own moral compass. An outstanding first novel.” Booklist (starred review)
“Capturing the confusion of an optimistic but sensitive child navigating a tough situation without guidance, Jamie’s narration is by turns comic and painful…Each character is believably flawed, and readers anticipate the heartbreaking scene when Jamie’s plans for a family reunion fail. However, the final triumphant chapters of this striking debut demonstrate that even as Jamie’s sorrows increase, so too, does his capacity for understanding, courage, and love.” Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“This book is a great catalyst for opening conversations about death and loss as well as difficult discussions about hatred and prejudice.” Children’s Literature
“Compelling and believable…By turns heartbreaking and hysterically funny…This is an important book that could be used in classes and book-discussion groups. Don’t let it fall through the cracks.” School Library Journal (starred review)
“This is a book which could easily have sunk under the weight of sentimentality. That it doesn’t, that it is an inspiring tale of resilience and kindness, is a tribute to Pitcher. This is a fine debut novel. Truthful, clear-eyed, and wise.” Telegraph (UK)
“It lives off the page. It has a warmth you can bask in; an honesty you can cut with a knife.” Guardian (UK)
“So completely does David Tennant slip into the authentic voice and point of view of ten-year-old Jamie that the listener is immediately immersed in the story. Tennant doesn’t perform vocal acrobatics, and we don’t need him to: His nuanced delivery and pleasing Scottish brogue perfectly convey all of Jamie’s bewilderment, frustration, grief, and fears as he navigates the choppy waters of adolescence…Pitcher’s writing is full of humor and charm, even when dealing with difficult subject matter including bullying, racism, alcoholism, and the death of a loved one. Listeners will give their hearts over to Jamie, his sister Jas, his friend Sunya, and his cat Roger. Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award.” AudioFile

Reviews

Reviews

by Holly 9/13/2017
Overall Performance
Narration
Story

Great narration

I listened to the sample before downloading this audiobook, and I was immediately entranced by David Tennant's voice. The story sounded interesting, and it was for the most part, but what really kept me involved in the story was Tennant's performance. His portrayal of ten-year-old Jamie was excellent, despite his voice being far too mature for someone of that age. The way he narrated made you believe him. And as I said, the story was interesting enough. There were parts of it I felt went on for too long and started to lose me a bit, but overall it was an enjoyable listening experience. It also sends a positive message considering all the race and religion issues arising around the globe these days.

Author

Author Bio: Annabel Pitcher

Author Bio: Annabel Pitcher

Annabel Pitcher graduated from Oxford University with a degree in English Literature and went on to edit television scripts for the comedy Harry Hill and the long-running soap opera Coronation Street. Annabel started writing My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece longhand in Ecuador, on a round-the-world trip. She lives in Yorkshire with her husband.

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Details

Details

Available Formats : Digital Download
Category: Fiction
Runtime: 5.93
Audience: Children (8–12)
Language: English