My sister Rose lives on the mantelpiece. Well, some of her does. I was only five when it happened.
Jamie Matthews was just five years old when his sister, Rose, was killed in a bombing. Now, unable to cope with the constant reminders of that tragedy, Jamie's father has moved him and his older sister to the countryside.
His mother stays behind.
On the brink of his twelfth birthday, Jamie's new world is his school, his beloved cat Roger, and the constant fear of what will happen when his father learns that his best friend is Muslim. But Jamie's story also gives insight to those characters around him, and his young-yet-sophisticated perspective allows the narrative to unfold with honesty and innocence.
lives off the page. It has a warmth you can bask in; an honesty you can cut
with a knife."
—The Guardian UK
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.