Although this book is not for fourth graders, My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece is told from the innocent point of view of ten-year-old, Jamie, whose family has never been the same after his older sister was killed in a terrorist bombing five years before. When his family moves to the countryside without his mother, he is nervous until he becomes friends with a Muslim girl, Sunya. However, ever since the bombing, Jamie’s father hasn’t trusted any Muslims, and as Jamie tries to keep their friendship a secret he learns that Sunya is very different than his father would imagine her to be. This is a very moving story, and it was very interesting to see discrimination through the eyes of a ten-year-old. I would definitely recommend it.
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