Book Review: My Sister Lives On The Mantel Piece.

20 Oct 2013


So, this is the second book I've read by Annabel Pitcher- following on from the book Ketchup Clouds which I thoroughly enjoyed. A bit on the background: It takes place five years after bombs went off over London killing 62 people, one of which was Rose who had a twin sister Jasmine and a younger brother Jamie.  Rose’s death has a tremendous effect on all the family, and both parents deal with their anguish in their own way. Jamie’s father turns to drink, whilst his mother turns to another man, and abandons both her surviving children and so the remaining family relocate from over populated London to a sparse area in Grasmere, the lake district.
Ten Year old Jamie is the narrative voice to the book and you watch him start a new school in a new area of England with his cat Roger seeming to be his only friend and try to get his mum back.
The Whole idea of the book was so simple and seemed so different from Ketchup Clouds. Overall, I enjoyed the book and how it covered issues of racism with care but also found humour in it-stopping it from getting too serious.
One Negative to this book is the look of it as, yes Roger the cat does play a part in this story, but I don't think enough to base the packaging a lot around him including cat prints along the pages on the book. I can't really complain too much though because I love books with little touches like that.

I do prefer Ketchup Clouds over this and I don't think it's one of my favourite books that I've read and, sadly, I feel it will become a forgotten book in my collection. However, this is just my opinion so why don't you read it for yourself and make up your own mind!
If you're wanting a quick simple read this is perfect but if you have read this and are looking for a book similar I would suggest Wonder by R.J Palacio as I feel there are very similar, both tackling the issue of being a member of a new school. But I'd definitely recommend reading Ketchup Clouds by Annabel Pitcher.
I am so sorry that this post is very short! I seem to have bloggers block and couldn't think of anything else to post but didn't want to leave with you anything this weekend! 
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Hope you're ok this weekend, x

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