My Sister Lives On The Mantelpiece by Annabel Pitcher is published by Orion Children’s Books and is sold at £5.75

What is the book about?

My sister lives on the mantelpiece speaks from the perspective of Jamie Matthews, a ten year old boy who’s sister Rose died five years prior and who’s mother has just left and the effects on his other sister and father. As he has not cried about it since her death and was too young to know her well, he serves as a narrator for the feelings of the rest of his family, but among this finds his own perspective and individual story. It takes on heavy themes like the realistic struggles of family from the point of view of childlike innocence.

Who is it aimed at?

Despite its themes that, under most circumstances I would consider to be more challenging, the way in which this is written makes it endlessly relatable and often funny, to a tougher age group. I would most enthusiastically recommend it to those within the 9-12 range.

What was your favourite part?

My favourite part was that, although the focus seemed to be on Jamie, the struggles of the other main characters were also brought in and well-developed with a wonderful sort of ease.

What was your least favourite part?

Though I deeply enjoyed reading it, due to how easy it was to get through I occasionally felt like some of the plot twists left a little more to be desired.

Which character would you most like to meet?

Of the characters presented I think I had the most interest in knowing more about the feelings and plot that Jasmine, Rose’s twin and Jamie’s older sister. I felt compelled to know more about her through what I learned in the book.

Why should someone buy this book?

I would absolutely recommend it as one of the most carefully and smoothly written children’s books I’ve come across that handles big issues and emotions in a way that is both touching and with a hint of fun along the way.