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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 the 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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19th September '16
Nancybellbookworm read it themselves aged 9 aged 9
Queenie 9780440869887
5 stars
I am reading this book so I know some things about it.Elsie lives without her mum but lives with her day nan feels dizzy and goes white sow she goes to bed and the next day she goes to work and dusent come back!!! Elsie starts to cry...........will nan come back?!
23rd August '15
Read to a child aged 9
Queenie 9780440869887
5 stars
I loved this book ! It was a captivating read . It was about a girl who lived with her Nan because her mum was a showgirl . When her nan suddenly becomes ill there is no-one to look after ... Will she become ill too ???? I read this book with 409 pages in two days !!
23rd October '16
I read it myself (an adult)
Queenie 9780440869887
5 stars
This is a touching tale about Elsie a young Victorian girl. When Elsie comes down with Tuberculosis her and her family are devastated. Her mum in which blames Elsie's Nan who feels guilty herself. She is then whisked of to a hospital with a mean boy called Martin who eventually softens up. The hospital is full of sick children who mostly are laying in bed restricted in braces and casts to cure them. Elsie feels homesick and misses her Nan. I love this book because it was written by Jaqueline Wilson who draws us into the characters' lives and whisks us of into an adventure full of heartbreak devastation and joy. I read this book in just 2 days and I refused to put it down. One of my all time favourites!
28th March '17
I read it to Pickle07 aged 9 aged 9 & to Westham aged 7 aged 7
Queenie 9780440869887
5 stars
Read this to my children 7 & 9 we really enjoyed it even tho took us a while to get into it at first.Elise Nan becomes ill & has to go into hospital then Elise becomes ill too with TB & she has to go into hospital too she worry about Nan & how she is. She keeps other kids happy by telling them stories & Queenie the cat comes & keeps her company.will Elise & Nan get better & why does Mum not visit much find out! 
26th September '17
Oliviathegamer read it themselves aged 12 aged 12
Queenie 9780440869887
5 stars
I loved this book. It had a lot of drama in it and I wouldn't suggest younger readers read it. It is the perrrfect book it read. There is a cat in the book and her name is queenie and she looks after the main character.
5th November '18
I read it myself (an adult)
Queenie 9780440869887
5 stars
Queenie was an enjoyable read. I was unsure what I'd think of the story in the beginning but I think it was very well written and interesting to read about the time in which it was set. 

The story is about Elsie Kettle. Elsie lives with her nan as her unreliable mum is working or out around the country. They plan to see the Queens coronation but sadly Elsie's nan is taken ill. Shortly after her mum is made to return Elsie herself becomes ill and ends up in hospital. 

I really enjoyed this book and found the character of Elsie lovely. I like how she always stood up for what she believed in and would always be there to help the children around her. It was fun to see her mischievous side as well. I felt sorry for her when she would get in trouble but I think it made the story more realistically with the nurses that aren't necessarily the nicest. I found the chapters with Nurse Gabriel lovely as it was nice to see that even though Elsie's mum always let her down she always had someone there for her. 

I think it was great how Elsie had such a vivid imagination and how she would share the stories with all the other children to make them feel happier. I found these a nice way to add a bit of fun to the book and to learn a bit more about the children. 

I like how the book made me feel happy and sad for the children and found the end particularly sad but at the same time I was so pleased for Elsie. I think what we discover on the last page is a nice touch. I think this is a fantastic book to read and I would recommend it.
8th January '18
Giggle read it themselves aged 10 aged 10
Queenie 9780440869887
4 stars
This book is by my favourite author Jaqueline Wilson, and although it’s not my favourite book it was still awesome! It’s about a girl called Elsie Kettle and her Nan. Elsie is looking forward to going to London with her Nan to see the queens coronation. But then her Nan gets ill and so does she. When Elsie is in the hospital she meets Queenie and that’s when the story really begins. This was a great book but I wouldn’t recommend to younger readers as it might be upsetting in some parts. Maybe 9+
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