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"My sister Rose lives on the mantelpiece. Well, some of her does. A collarbone, two ribs, a bit of skull, and a little toe." 


So begins My Sister Lives on the Mantlepiece, the Robbins Library March Community Read.Told through the eyes of 10-year-old Jamie, the story is a chronicle of his family's struggle to come to terms with her death and their discovery of what it means to stay together. 

I'm excited that Pamela Watts-Flavin, at left, head of the Children's Room who also teaches at Lesley College, is collaborating with me on March event, inspired by the Community Read (more details to follow!). I wanted to give you a heads up, so you can have plenty of time to read this exquisitely moving book. 

On a sidenote, when I got halfway through reading the book, I asked Aimee Villet, Young Adult librarian who nominated this book for the Community Read, if there was redemption at the end. There is. When you close the book, you'll know why the committee chose it! Like Aimee, I believe Annabel Pitcher's choice to tell the story through Jamie's eyes is a tour de force. 

Robbins Library
700 Massachusetts Avenue
Arlington, Massachusetts 02476

This announcement was published Saturday, Jan. 10, 2015, and updated Feb. 23.


Zhen Ren Chuan: March Photos

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    Alexander in his fourth minute of meditation.

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    Juniors line up for their turn as one does a backflip.

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    Snow can't stop adults from practicing at Broadway Plaza.

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    Mia and Zoe get their belts back.

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    Nell, others display Dragon Form.

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    Pride reigns as Tess passes her test.

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    Aubrey gets her belt.

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    Lucas gets his belt.

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