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  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Doubleday Childrens (31 Jan. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0857531115
  • ISBN-13: 978-0857531117
  • Product Dimensions: 16.1 x 3.6 x 22.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (386 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 127,659 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jacqueline Wilson is an extremely well-known and hugely popular author. The Illustrated Mum was chosen as British Children's Book of the Year in 1999 and was winner of the Guardian Children's Fiction Award 2000. Jacqueline has won the prestigious Smarties Prize and the Children's Book Award for Double Act, which was also highly commended for the Carnegie Medal. In June 2002 Jacqueline was given an OBE for services to literacy in schools and in 2008 she was made a Dame.

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"A master storyteller" (The Good Book Guide)

"As entertaining as ever . . . meticulous about period detail" (Independent on Sunday)

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The brilliant new book from bestselling author Jacqueline Wilson, set in the children's ward of a 1950s hospital.

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34 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Soffia on 3 Feb. 2013
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Queenie is an amazing novel by Jacqueline Wilson - I couldn't put it down. The story is narrated by Elsie Kettle, and Elsie lives with her Nan. When Elsie's Nan gets TB she has to go into hospital, and Elsie's Mum comes to look after her. But then Elsie herself starts to limp, and when they go to the doctor they find out that she has got TB of the leg. Elsie has to go to hospital and she tells lots of stories to all the other children, and she becomes friends with a nurse called nurse Gabriel. The ward also has a cat called Queenie, and every night Queenie climbs up onto Elsie's bed and she pretends that Queenie can talk. Elsie and her Nan wanted to go and see the coronation, but instead Sir David orders televisions for each ward. What I liked best about this book was the way it was narrated: I feel like I know Elsie very well. I would like Elsie for a friend.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Rachel on 21 Mar. 2013
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I think this book is so good!!!!! I have only read 325 out of 410 - but I can already decide that this is awesome!!!!

It teaches you about some of the things back in 1950 which I fined fun as it says what a girl my age would of done back then!

The book is about a girl named Elsie- Elsie's mother is always performing at Butlins so her gran lookes after her. Her and her gran are mad about the queen and can't wait to see the coronation. But one day her gran never comes back from cleaning some ones house and gets TB so she is sent to a special hospital . Then Elsie nee starts to hurt and is sent to a childrens hospital far far away from her gran. At the hospital she meets lots of children butone very speacial , fluffy, creature which they then become BFFS!......... Elsie worries her and her gran are going to miss the coronation........... She then get a very speacial visiter i wonder who????................................................

Im 11 and I think this book is for around 9 - 12 year old girls (boys can read it as well! But probably better for girls!)
or maybe just som one who likes history!!
I would recommend this to any Jacqueline Wilson fan!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By David Spanswick VINE VOICE on 11 May 2013
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Jacqueline Wilson's writing is just about the polar opposite of the propogandist fodder of Ms Enid Blyton a half century earlier and yet they, surprisingly, both appeal to the same young readership demographic. They both write for children rather than at them. Blyton may have written the same story 400 times but there is still an element in them that appeals to children who know they are written for them. Children know these things.

Jacqueline Wilson also knows what children want. They want honesty, they want engaging characters, they want humour and above all they want a good story that keeps them turning the pages (or in this case listening to the next chapter)

Queenie is the latest in a very long line of brilliantly crafted novels by the author who holds no punches when it comes to telling it like it is. She has courted with controversy often before and here she looks into a disturbing period in history that has hitherto been smoothed over by the likes of Blyton who always painted too much sunshine in the country lane.

Queenie tackles a subject ~ the treatment of sufferers of TB ~ in her own inimitable style. TB was, in many ways, the AIDS of its day, a subject rarely publicly discussed and the risk of contamination leading to extremes of paranoia.

Elsie Kettle, such an exquisitely named heroine, has contracted the disease through her beloved Nan and the book follows the consequences leading to a nightmare sanitorium that reminded me so of Solzhenitsyn's "Cancer Ward.

The book is carefully read by Finty Williams in a voice that, for me now, will ever be Elsie Kettle's. Even though you may have read the book it is wonderful to have it read to you by somebody who could certainly make bedtime a very special time.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful By G. Neher on 1 Feb. 2013
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(Written by 9- year old daughter): This book is the best Jacqueline Wilson book I have read on kindle and book.The basic idea is that the main character,Elsie,really wants to see the 1952 Coronation but she gets ill.She has to go to hospital and misses the coronation.She is really disappointed.But she gets a nice surprise.The cover shows Elsie and the hospital's cat,Queenie.At the end of the book,Elsie adopts one of her kittens and calls it Princess.I definitely love this book and I would recommend it to all Jacqueline Wilson fans.This book is excellent and I really want a sequel to come out.I also think this book is ideal for children who want to have a go at reading these books.I started reading this the day that it came out and I was so attached that I couldn't turn my kindle off until bedtime and I finished it the day after.The best bit is that the description is so good I thought I was part of the story and I could see everything.This is the best Jacqueline Wilson book ever!
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We are reviewing the AudioGo version of this novel, which comprises 8 CD's and is narrated (very well) by Finty Williams, who I think is the daughter of Dame Judi Dench? So far we have been listening in the car and almost all the way on a long car journey. You will probably by now know the main story. What I would say is that the challenging issues covered in this book probably work far better in print format than they do in audio. We found it to be quite challenging in places. I think this is because in audio format, you work quite hard to create a visual image of what you are hearing, and therefore maybe end up with slightly stronger emotions as a result. My daughter was upset at the part where Elsie's nan is taken ill and at the graphic descriptions of life on a TB ward - and we all had some rather unpleasant images in our heads of tuberculosis sufferers back in the 50's. And having been to a medical museum I do understand a little of how people were treated at the time.

Whilst I appreciate that this is a well-crafted story, I am kind of wondering what thoughts might go through your head as an author when you sit down one day and think 'I know, I'll write a story about a whole family who contract TB'. Strange thing to write about? I would say that this is probably best suited to the early teenage group who perhaps have a bit more emotional resilience!
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