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.
'I apologise right now. For those new to the audiobook experience, I am afraid that this is precisely the kind of story that will get you hopelessly addicted. Hook, line and sinker. ...David Tennant is simply perfect at conveying jamie's innocence, sadness and joy... And in Annabel Pitcher, it seems we have a major new literary talent.'
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'David Tennant felt he had to record this book, and no wonder - it's brilliant for both adults and older children ... Intensely moving, starkly real and ultimately heartening.'
'It's instantly clear why David Tennant made to time to record Annabel Pitcher's debut ... You can hear Tennant's respect for Pitcher's writing, which covney's a boy's budding emotional antennae and irreductible vivacity in ever sentence.'
'a funny, sad, remarkably uplifting story and David Tennant reads it superbly.'
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Publication date: 10/03/2011
Publisher: Orion (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd ) an imprint of Orion Publishing Co
|Publication date:||10th March 2011|
|Publisher:||Orion (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd ) an imprint of Orion Publishing Co|
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 .More About Annabel Pitcher