Queenie Hardcover – 31 Jan 2013
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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.
Elsie's main intiative is to fantasize, which I did not find either interesting or endearing. I would have liked more quirkiness from some of the other characters.
There is enough worthwhile content in this book to fill 1 or 2 hours. At nearly 10 hrs I found it a chore to listen through.
The reader, Finty Williams, has a clear rich voice which I would be happy to listen to again. She does not however add any drama to the narrative on this difficult occasion.
The language and perspective is suitable for 9-11 year olds, but I would not recommend it to any children I know.
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T in the past and present and I will send a private sub and amp to drive to a few months back and it was a good time and I will have to go with the other hand I will send you an... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
I liked that she is the daughter of a Actress who goes place so she has to have someone who takes care of her that she likes.Published 2 months ago by S. Wilhelm
It all ways left me wanting more and more. It is happy and sad with a lot of surprises but I can not say or I would be giving it awayPublished 2 months ago by immie
This book was a good book which I enjoyed a lot. This book is very creative and I can imagine it all in my head. IPublished 2 months ago
Definitely full stars it is one of the best stories I have ever read.Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
I think it's a great book and you immidetely get drawn into the story you get excited because you think what could happen next the things that happen are suprising i would... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
Queenie is a really good novel by Jacqueline Wilson. This book is mainly focused on Elsie and her Nan. But then Nan gets TB of the chest and is very poorly. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Zahida S.