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, there's no escape from Rose's ever-present shadow; she's forever the living twin of a dead girl.
With Jaime's mother staying behind in London, Dad moves Jamie and Jas to the countryside for a "fresh start." But when Roses' ashes are placed back up on the mantelpiece, Jaime and Jas realize that the past will continue to haunt them wherever they go. Until, that is, Jamie meets someone who seems to understand his pain--the one person whom his father would never allow him to befriend. Armed with his new friend and a keen understanding of the world around him, Jaime tries to make sense of the loss that has torn his family apart, and endeavors to bring them back together.
Debut author Annabel Pitcher's exploration of grief, disillusionment, and family dynamics with a sophisticated style has been a hit with reviewers, receiving four starred reviews so far.
-An ALA 2013 Notable Books for Children Pick
-A Kirkus Best Children's Book List Selection
-"Most Deftly Handled" Atlantic Wire 2012 YA/Middle-Grade Award
Annabel Pitcher is the award-winning author of My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece and Yours Truly. She graduated from Oxford University with a degree in English Literature. She lives in Yorkshire, England, with her husband, son, and dog.