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Jamie’s dead sister is nothing but ash, yet she rules his whole family. Is there life after loss? Please, is there? Five years ago, Jamie’s sister, Rose, was blown up by a terrorist bomb. It’s been five years of grief. Now Jamie, Dad and his teenage sister are moving to the Lake District for a fresh start. But things are just as bad as ever. Jasmine, who was Rose’s twin, has turned to piercings and punk hairstyles. Mum has run off with a man from her support group. But ten-year-old Jamie hasn’t cried the entire time. To him, Rose is just a distant memory. He’s more interested in his cat and his Spider-Man T-shirt. What he wants is for Mum to come home, and for his family to start living again. Could a TV talent show make it happen?
- A witty and moving book that won the Branford Boase Award
- The debut of Annabel Pitcher, who also wrote Ketchup Clouds
- Shortlisted for the Red House Award and the Carnegie Medal
- A devastating look at violence, loss and moving beyond it
“This is a fine debut novel. Truthful, clear-eyed and wise.” Telegraph
“Heartbreaking and funny in near equal measure… This is a wonderful, touching story that never slips into worthiness.” Observer
*Please note this book contains mature content more suitable for older readers.
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