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My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece by Annabel Pitcher
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May 03, 12

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Read in May, 2012

** spoiler alert ** Spoiler alert. . . .

This book went really fast and I did not put it down, and that is saying a lot because I have so many half-read books around. It deals with bullying in an intense and realistic way. I like the innocence of the relationships that the young boy Jamie has with his Muslim girl friend at school and within his own family. His hopefulness concerning his mom who has abandoned hima and his sister is heartbreaking. I was a little disappointed that the author uses the old " dead pet helps family deal with unresolved mourning issues" ploy, but it did work really well. I have to give her credit for not giving an easy happy ending.

Problem is, as a librarian I am not sure who I can recommend this book to because it is so sad. How do you say " read this great book about how a family falls apart after seeing their daughter blown up before their eyes by terrorist bombs."? It is a hard sell.
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