Tuesday, 19 November 2013

Book Review: Queenie

Title: Queenie
Author: Jacqueline Wilson
Published By: Doubleday, 2013

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...

My Review:

I really enjoyed this book! I'm loving that Jacqueline Wilson is taking a foray into historical fiction - I really enjoy history, so I'm loving her recent work! This book is set in the year 1953 and it's the year that our Queen is being crowned. 

Elsie Kettle, lives with her nan (Elsie's mum is a showgirl) and they plan to go to London and see the Queen. But, illness puts a dent in their plans. Elsie's nan comes down with tuberculosis in her lungs and gets confined to a sanatorium for complete bed rest.  

Whilst Elsie's nan is in hospital, Elsie and her mum have to be checked to see if they also have TB. Unfortunately Elsie does, in her knee. So Elsie is confined to bed rest as well. She has to wear a splint on her leg to keep it in place. I can only imagine how boring it must have been to sit around all day for months and not being able to do anything - boring! 

Elsie at first struggles to fit in to the hospitals way of life and she finds it hard to make friends. Her only true friend is the hospital cat who is a gorgeous pure white cat. 

I won't go into much more detail about what happens, but I loved the ending! I wasn't expecting it. 

Overall, I loved this book, it was interesting to read about how they used to cure TB and to listen to Elsie's stories, I really did long for her and her nan to get better. You really connected with the characters and got a feel for how they were feeling and what they were thinking. I'd highly recommend!



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