Queenie by Jacqueline Wilson
Queenie is a brilliantly moving story from bestselling author Jacqueline Wilson, set in the children's ward of a 1950s hospital, with a gorgeous, shiny gold cover.
It's 1953, the year Elizabeth is to be crowned Queen of England. Elsie Kettle can't wait to go to London to see the celebrations on Coronation Day. Elsie lives with her nan - her mum works as a showgirl, so she's not around very often. Spirited and imaginative, but often lonely, Elsie longs for a best friend. Luckily, she and Nan are very close; Elsie just wishes she was allowed a cat to keep her company sometimes.
Then tragedy strikes. Nan and Elsie both fall ill with tuberculosis, and Elsie finds herself whisked away to the children's ward of a hospital. Confined to bed for months on end, Elsie finds it very hard to adapt to the hospital's strict regime. But she invents astonishing ways of entertaining the other children on the ward, and for the first time finds herself surrounded by true friends - including Queenie, the hospital's majestic white cat.
Finally, Elsie is well enough to leave hospital. But before she does, she has one very special, very unexpected visitor...
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Jacqueline Wilson is a hugely popular author who was Children's Laureate from 2005 to 2007. She has been awarded umpteen prestigious awards, including the British Children's Book of the Year and the Guardian Children's Fiction Award (for The Illustrated Mum), the Smarties Prize and the Children's Book Award (for Double Act, for which she was also highly commended for the Carnegie Medal).
In 2002 Jacqueline was given an OBE for services to literacy in schools and in 2008 she was appointed a Dame. She is the author most borrowed from British libraries in the past decade.
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