Wednesday, August 1, 2012

My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece

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.

Adriana, 13

Watch the book trailer from the original U.K. publisher:

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