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Annabel Pitcher - Author

About the Author

Annabel Pitcher studied English at Oxford and has since worked as a script writer and an English teacher. She lives in Yorkshire with her husband.  She won a Betty Trask award for her first novel My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece .

Featured books by Annabel Pitcher

My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece

My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece

Author: Annabel Pitcher Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 10/03/2011

Ten-year-old Jamie Matthews has just moved to the Lake District with his Dad and his teenage sister, Jasmine for a 'Fresh New Start'. Five years ago his sister's twin, Rose, was blown up by a terrorist bomb. His parents are wrecked by their grief, Jasmine turns to piercing, pink hair and stops eating. The family falls apart. But Jamie hasn't cried in all that time. To him Rose is just a distant memory. Jamie is far more interested in his cat, Roger, his birthday Spiderman T-shirt, and in keeping his new friend Sunya a secret from his dad. And in his deep longing and unshakeable belief that his Mum will come back to the family she walked out on months ago. When he sees a TV advert for a talent show, he feels certain that this will change everything and bring them all back together once and for all.

Other books by Annabel Pitcher

The Last Days of Archie Maxwell

The Last Days of Archie Maxwell

Author: Annabel Pitcher Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 25/10/2017

Dads leave home all the time. It's not that unusual, really. Leon's dad walked out. So did Mo's. But Archie's? Well, that's a different story - a story that Archie must keep secret at all cost. Archie knows he should accept Dad for who he is, so he hides his turmoil until he can stand it no longer. With nowhere else to turn, he finds himself at the railway track. The track has been calling to him, promising escape, release. The only problem is, it's been calling to someone else too...Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant and dyslexic readers aged 13+

Schweigen ist Goldfisch

Schweigen ist Goldfisch

Author: Annabel Pitcher Format: eBook Release Date: 25/05/2016

Reden ist Silber, Schweigen ist ... auch keine Losung. Denn Worte konnen zwar unendlich verletzen - aber sie konnen auch unendlich glucklich machen."e;Mein Name ist Tess Turner - dachte ich jedenfalls bis vor kurzem. Und ja, ich habe eine Stimme, aber sie gehort nicht wirklich mir. Ich habe Dinge gesagt, um dazuzugehoren, um meinen Eltern zu gefallen, um allen zu gefallen. Ich habe so getan, als ware ich jemand, der ich gar nicht bin. Ich habe gelogen.Dabei ist mir ubrigens nie in den Sinn gekommen, dass alle anderen auch lugen konnten. Die Lugen sind aber eigentlich gar nicht das Problem. Was wirklich weh tut, ist die Wahrheit: Sechshundertsiebzehn wahre Worte, die meine ganze Welt auf den Kopf stellen. Und weil Worte so gefahrlich sind - die gelogenen und die wahren - , habe ich beschlossen, sie nicht mehr zu benutzen.Ich bin Pluto. Schweigend. Unerreichbar. Milliarden Meilen von allem entfernt, was ich zu kennen glaubte. "e;Tess hatte nie das Gefuhl, wirklich dazuzugehoren. Als sie eines Nachts am Computer ihres Vaters die Wahrheit uber ihre Herkunft erfahrt - namlich dass er eben nicht ihr Vater ist - wei sie auch, warum das so ist. Sie ist Pluto, aber ihre Eltern wollten einen Mars. Oder wenigstens eine Venus. Was soll Tess dazu noch sagen? Ihr fehlen die Worte. Und so schweigt sie. Schweigend sucht sie ihren richtigen Vater. Schweigend unterhalt sie sich mit ihrem Plastikgoldfisch, Mister Goldfisch. Schweigend verliert sie ihre beste Freundin und findet einen neuen Seelenverwandten. Und sie gewinnt die allerwichtigste Erkenntnis uberhaupt: namlich, dass Schweigen Macht verleiht - aber Reden noch viel mehr.Ein groartiges literarisches Jugendbuch mit einer ganz eigenen Atmosphare und einer wundervollen Erzahlerin, die mit ihren klaren und poetischen Worten mitten ins Herz jeder Leserin trifft.Der neue Roman der Autorin von Meine Schwester lebt auf dem Kaminsims und Ketchuprote Wolken.

Silence is Goldfish

Silence is Goldfish

Author: Annabel Pitcher Format: Hardback Release Date: 29/09/2015

The third YA novel from the bestselling and prize-winning author of MY SISTER LIVES ON THE MANTELPIECE and KETCHUP CLOUDS, in which Tessie-T discovers she's a Pluto and her parents wanted a Mercury or Venus, at least. My name is Tess Turner - at least, that's what I've always been told. I have a voice but it isn't mine. It used to say things so I'd fit in, to please my parents, to please my teachers. It used to tell the universe I was something I wasn't. It lied. It never occurred to me that everyone else was lying too. But the words that really hurt weren't the lies: it was six hundred and seventeen words of truth that turned my world upside down. Words scare me, the lies and the truth, so I decided to stop using them. I am Pluto. Silent. Inaccessible. Billions of miles away from everything I thought I knew. Tessie-T has never really felt she fitted in and after what she read that night on her father's blog she knows for certain that she never will. How she deals with her discovery makes an entirely riveting, heart-breaking story told through Tess's eyes as she tries to find her place in the world.

Project Bright Spark Band 17/Diamond

Project Bright Spark Band 17/Diamond

Author: Annabel Pitcher Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 14/01/2013

Briony had always suspected there was something wrong with her teacher. But after doing some further investigation with her friend Sergio, she uncovers a secret conspiracy so amazing that she could never have believed it was true. Find out how the adventure unfolds in this thrilling mystery novel by Carnegie-medal nominee Annabel Pitcher. * Diamond/Band 17 books offer more complex, underlying themes to give opportunities for children to understand causes and points of view. * Text type: A mystery story * Curriculum links: Citizenship

Ketchup Clouds

Ketchup Clouds

Author: Annabel Pitcher Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 27/12/2012

Fifteen-year-old Zoe has a secret - a dark and terrible secret that she can't confess to anyone she knows. But then one day she hears of a criminal, Stuart Harris, locked up on death row in Texas. Like Zoe, Stuart is no stranger to secrets. Or lies. Or murder.Full of heartache yet humour, Zoe tells her story in the only way she can - in letters to the man in prison in America. Armed with a pen, Zoe takes a deep breath, eats a jam sandwich, and begins her tale of love and betrayal.Read by Julie Maisey

My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece

My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece

Author: Annabel Pitcher Format: eBook Release Date: 14/08/2012

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 ten-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 ten-year-old girl. To Rose's surviving fifteen year old twin, Jas, everyday 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 novel 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.