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Queenie Hardcover – 31 Jan 2013

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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 (440 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 204,735 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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(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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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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It takes over 2 hrs for Jacqueline Wilson too establish that Elsie has no friends of her own age, that her mother is neglectful and that two of the characters have an infectious disease. During this time nothing eventful happens, there is no interesting dialogue, or historical colour. Given the sad theme as well most listeners are likely to have given up long before this point. JW seems to have forgotten how rationing was still effecting people's lives, at this time. Giving away a rationed item like chocolate would have been a very big deal for example. Society was recovering from the War in many other ways, all of which is ignored. The newness of the National Health Service is also overlooked.

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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I love love love LOVE this book!!! It's so warm and friendly, and so interesting and informative and with such vivid descriptions it felt like I was really there!!! I definitely recommend this to all Jacky fans!! I absolutely could not put it down, a brilliant read!!!!!!! Xxx
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