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Two Weeks with the Queen
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Morris Gleitzman is a very succesful children's author from Australia. I read his novel 'Then' a couple of years ago and was very moved by the writing. 'Two Weeks With The Queen' was first published in 1989, and although some of the subject matter may be a little dated, most of it is still very relevant.
Colin's younger brother Luke is diagnosed with cancer, his parents decide that Colin should travel to England to stay with his Aunt and Uncle - to spare him from the distress of seeing Luke so ill. Colin has always been fascinated by the Queen of England - her Christmas Day speech always impressed him and he is convinced that if anyone can help Luke it will be the Queen.
Arriving in a very cold England, to stay with equally cold relatives, including a 13 year old cousin whose mother would wrap up in cotton wool if possible, Colin begins his quest to see the Queen, explain Luke's situation and arrange to fly the 'world's best doctor' to Australia to make him better.
Colin is a determined little boy and has quite a few adventures along the way, it is during one particular adventure that he meets Ted. Ted also has a loved-one with cancer and he and Colin become firm friends.
This is a heart-warming story of just how painful love and family life can be, with adventure and humour thrown in which will especially appeal to younger readers and keep their attention.
An ideal way to approach some topics that many adults and parents may find difficult to deal with
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 15 December 2000
Two with the queen is about a boy called 'Collin' who's brother 'Luke' has got CANCER. Collin has to go to London to stay at his aunt's house. He sets off to try and find a cure. CHARACTER At the begining of the story Collin has a really childish personality but when the story gets going, he change's and realise's that the whole world doesn't revolve around him. LAUNGAGE The launguage in this story is very mature. My favorite bit is when Collin and Luke were playing cricket in the hospital.
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VINE VOICEon 4 March 2014
Such a cleverly told story which deals with some big issues in a very readable way.

Morris Gleitzman is a master storyteller with a light touch.

Colin is a fed-up twelve year old who can't see why he should be sent to Britain from Australia just because his brother is ill, but then has the bright idea that he can get the Queen to help, or at least the best doctor in the world. As it turns out, he makes a new friend who is much more help than the Queen might ever be.

It's confusing to be in a strange country, but if you are as resourceful as Colin you can manage well to get around and find the people you need to. Gleitzman gets convincingly into the head of the boy and we feel what he is going through. He deals with illness and death in an understanding and understandable way without getting morbid. There is a positivity that moves the reader through a hard tale in a cheerful kind of way.

It also carries a good story about liking people for how they are not what they are.

Recommended for children who are beginning to ask those "hard" questions, but an enjoyable read for any 12+.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 15 December 2000
The story is about a boy called Collin and hisbrother has cancer,and one day about christmas time luke(collins brother)faintsandget's rushed into hospital.Collin thinks it's from eating too mutch food .After luke has had a blood test he gets sent to Sydney hospital because heb is realy ill so Collinhas to stay whith his auntie Iris and unkle Bob in England.But he only went so he could find the best doctor in the world ,but they carn't find any cure for him. all the charictors have a certen part tha makes them feel reel like Collin thinks he can find every thing out. My favorate bit was when Collin climbd up the palace wall. Over all I think it was ace!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 18 August 2000
This book tells of Colin's determination and courage when he hears his brother,Luke has got cancer. When he stays with his uncle and aunt in London, nothing is going to stop him from finding the best doctor to cure his brother. It is an adventure all the way.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 15 December 2000
Two Weeks With The Queen Two Weeks With The Queen is an exelent book and a very exiting read,I thourugly engoyed it although there were a fiew sad parts. The main carachter is called Collin and he has got a brother whos name is Luke. Colin is quite babyish,and always wants his own way.All hell breakes loose when Collin doesn't get a micro scope for christmas but a pair of daggy boots. The language in Two Weeks With The Queen is not very propper,there are allot of slang and a fiew Australien words e.g daggy, dunny. My favorite part is when Collin and Luke play cricket with the nurses in the hospital and when Colin lets the air out of the nurses tyres. I thought that Two Weeks With The Queen is a brilliant book and I would definatley recomend it
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on 6 July 2012
We have read the book 'two weeks with the queen' and have really enjoyed it. The story line really hooks you in and keeps you interested at all times. Also, the character Colin gives the story a really interesting vibe as all his plans always fail. Me and Molly are 12 years old and as the cover gives quite a childish impression, we weren't very sure about how much we would enjoy it. But, we actually LOVED it! It gives a much more adult impression as you get on to the book as it talks about cancer, AID's and homosexuals. Therefore we think under 10's should not read it.
This book really makes you want to read on and the ending gives you a really happy feeling that youve read on!
Overall, i would defrently recommend this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Shorter than Once/Then/Now but a similar sweet and naive narrator you just want to hug and help. Sad - no false happy endings with Gleitzman, he doesn't pander to his readers. Shed a few tears throughout.
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on 6 July 2012
I thought this book was really good, it kept me guessing what was going to happen next, it made me both laugh and cry. I think that you need to use your imagination a bit because some of the things the main character Colin does are really un-realistic.

I felt that the book was too short, I also did not like the fact that the author left the book on a cliff hanger, then again we probably know what's going to happen.

overall it was a good book.
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on 10 September 2013
What an amazing book. So often authors are scared to be honest and to tackle issues, here it is done with ease and without making a meal of it all. It doesn't preach but Colin is a fine example of human kindness along with Ted. I first read this book over 10 years ago and if has never left my mind. Reading it again has reminded me exactly why it became a favourite of mine.
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