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My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece | [Annabel Pitcher]

My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece

To 10-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 10-year-old girl. To Rose's surviving 15-year-old twin, Jas, every day she lives in Rose's ever-present shadow, forever feeling the loss like a limb, but unable to be seen for herself alone.
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Publisher's Summary

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 10-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 10-year-old girl. To Rose's surviving 15-year-old twin, Jas, every day 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.

©2012 Annabel Pitcher (P)2012 Hachette Audio

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    Caitlin Dixon 11-21-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Excellent narration"

    The narrator brought characters to life beautifully, and added to the richness of the story. I also appreciated the musical interludes between chapters; it allowed for breathing space, giving the listener a break from the tension of the story.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    mj 08-22-12
    mj 08-22-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Amazing!"
    What made the experience of listening to My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece the most enjoyable?

    This well written book took me to the rural English countryside, back to elementary school and back to the planet through the remarkable eyes of a wonderful ten year old boy. David Tennant honored that boy with the best character reading I think I've ever heard on any audible book recording. I laughed and cried and was strengthened by this tale. It's so funny, and so sad and so very uplifting.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I think Sonia (sp?) was my favorite. What an amazing, tenacious character. She is brave and strong and wise way beyond her years, but Pitchard still managed to create her as a ten year old girl.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    This is another tough question. There were so many wonderful scenes. I love how Pitchard described the sun coming into the car on the way to the contest as 'inside of an egg yolk'. My favorite has to be the saddest scene though, where Jamie finds his cat and understands what his father is dealing with. What a beautiful and poignant was to describe a boy growing into an empathetic young man.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    I'll listen to anything that David Tennent reads (except Doctor Who books. I think that's beneath him.)

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Amber Fort Collins, CO, United States 10-07-14
    Amber Fort Collins, CO, United States 10-07-14 Member Since 2008
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    "Purchased for the narrator, but found it excellent"

    I grabbed this book after searching for David Tennant. While the narration was wonderful, I was amazed at how moving I found the story to be. There were plenty of times that I found myself smiling or laughing, and in one spot completely bawling.

    David Tennant is also quite a talented narrator - I listened to this during a long distance drive, travelling at fast speeds on the open highway, in a car that doesn't have great sound proofing. I never had to fiddle with the volume. David Tennant was able to communicate the full range of the characters emotions with a clear, even tone, that many can't master.

    This is a touching, well written story. I'll be looking for more from the author.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Aimee Christchurch, New Zealand 12-07-14
    Aimee Christchurch, New Zealand 12-07-14 Member Since 2013

    I am a total audiobook addict! I travel quite a bit for work and listen to them while I drive. Always searching for a good author to follow

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    "WOW"
    What did you love best about My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece?

    I loved the story told by a 10 year old boy


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Jamie, he was fantastic


    What about David Tennant’s performance did you like?

    He was great to listen too. I will seek more from him


    Any additional comments?

    This was an amazing story of friendship, family, love and loss!
    I couldn't stop listening and just loved it. I laughed, I cried, I got angry and happy all through this story.

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    StevenJayCohen 08-06-14 Member Since 2014
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    "You will cry"

    You will cry. It's that simple -- David Tennant will take Annabel Pitcher's words and slowly tear at your heartstrings. Wonderful story, wonderful reader, an amazing listen.

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    Debra smithfield, NC, USA 01-22-14
    Debra smithfield, NC, USA 01-22-14 Member Since 2007
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    "Bittersweet but beautiful"
    Would you consider the audio edition of My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece to be better than the print version?

    David Tennant makes this book! If I could give more than 5 stars for the narration I would!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Sunya? Not sure of the spelling. She is Jamie's super hero. It is wonderful to watch their relationship change.


    Have you listened to any of David Tennant’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I wish he had more books other than Dr. Who and How to Train your Dragon! He is by far the best narrator I have heard.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Both! Hence the bittersweet!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Robin North Charleston, SC, United States 01-08-14
    Robin North Charleston, SC, United States 01-08-14
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    "Great children's novel"
    Have you listened to any of David Tennant’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I'm a big fan of his acting. I was surprised at how well he can tell a story! He's believable as the 10 yr old character telling the story. He didn't sound like he was reading. Wonderful storytelling.


    Any additional comments?

    This was the story of a 10 yr old boy that lost his sister when he was 5. He didn't remember anything about her or about his life before her death. He doesn't remember his family ever being happy. This is his story of finding happiness despite what he is faced with. It's also a story about how a grieving family might evolve over time. Have the tissues handy for the last few chapters. Great story, very fitting for middle schoolers of today. There couldn't have been a better narrator!

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    Jennifer S. Myzia Dwight, IL United States 12-15-13
    Jennifer S. Myzia Dwight, IL United States 12-15-13
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    "A thoroughly enjoyable listen!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Although this book has a heavy theme, and at times you would like to slap a few of the characters, David Tennants wonderful narration relieves the tension and helps you to focus on the charm and message of the story.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece?

    When they were performing for the TV Show and Jas refused to go to the next level without Jamie. Finally, someone doesn't abandon this poor boy!


    Which character – as performed by David Tennant – was your favorite?

    Jamie. I think he captured the essence of the 11 year old boy perfectly.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I was all over the place. I laughed at a few points and I was furious at the selfishness of the parents in other points. I think it was well balanced and the fact that it made me want to step into the story to give a hug, share the laugh, or take a character by the shoulders and say, "What are you thinking???" says a lot for the writer.


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    charity 11-10-13
    charity 11-10-13
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    "Simply beautiful"
    Where does My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This has been my favorite of the audiobooks I've listened to so far.


    What other book might you compare My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece to and why?

    Can't think of one


    What about David Tennant’s performance did you like?

    It was simple and honest


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sarah 05-08-13
    Sarah 05-08-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Raw reality"

    I LOVED this book! I expected a soppy story about people coping and moving on with their lives and learning how to love each other and to make there lives similar to the way they used to be. What I found was the heart wrenching tale of a boy that was smarter than people realized and learning lessons that most adults refuse to face. We are given a very blunt and simple view of complicated matters ranging from divorce and abandonment to responsibility and true evil. He questions everything from God to the honesty of his parents. Racism, prejudice, bullying, arrogance, ignorance, death, terrorism, faith, and depression this book has it all. Pitcher is a new author and it is reasonable to say that this book has it's flaws, but I could easily recommend it to others. This recommendation is strongly reinforced by the beautiful and intimate job Tennant does in it's portrayal.

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