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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 a ...more
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Published January 31st 2013 by RHCP Digital
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Masilee
OMG Queenie is just so amazing! i think it is the best book Jacqueline Wilson has ever written. To be honest it is quite sad and depressing but i dont want to give it away to much! I recommend this book because it really is awesome please read it!!!
Teresa
Review courtesy of Eva aged 9.

Queenie is a heartwarming tale about Elsie Kettle, a girl in 1953, who desperately wants to see the Queen's Coronation. She lives with her Nan in a little but cosy basement flat. When her Nan gets very poorly, Elsie's life is turned upside down. Her Mum comes to look after her but when Elsie gets ill, she is taken away from everything she ever knew. Now she will have to make new friends and this leads to a friendship with a majestic white cat called Queenie but wil
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Johara Almogbel
The secondary characters made this book for me, much more than the main character. Elsie was well-written but she grated on my nerves sometimes. I think there's a limit to the number of Jacqueline Wilson books you can read and still enjoy the imaginative strong-willed girls she writes in, and after a while some of them become more selfish and annoying than whimsical.

Still, though, I'd recommend this for a read, it has a heartfelt storyline that's gripping.
Suraia
Queenie is a story, set in the 1950s, about a girl and her Nan. When the two find out they have tuberculosis, they are put in two different hospitals, separated until they heal. With the Queen’s coronation coming up, there is no chance that these two characters are going to be able to get better in time. It is a brilliant book for children to read for pleasure. There are many possibilities for its use the first that it can be a take home book, on the shelves in class for chn to read or it can be ...more
Roxy
I really loved this book. I am a die hard Jacqueline Wilson fan. i read all her books and although i did not think this her best it is defiantly worth a read. I loved the way the book talked about how times used to be and it really makes you think about how medicine and hospital care has changed over time. I read this one fairly quickly and enjoyed every moment of it. This is a great book for kids (and adults alike) who want to understand what life used to be like when their parents/grandparents ...more
Ursula Clancy
when I first heard of this book I thought it was going to be really good, it sounded different from her other books and really interesting. I couldn't have been more wrong. In my opinion it was really boring and so over rated. things like this just seem so random and stupid...no offence. Also it was the same sort of thing: Girl loves nan or aunty or whatever more because mum is always with lots of men and there is no father, so many of JW's books follow this pattern, sometimes it works other tim ...more
Ms. Yingling
In 1953, Elsie lives with her Nan because her mum is an actress and takes a lot of jobs far away. Elsie adores Nan, and the two have carved out a pleasant life for themselves. When Nan comes down with a bad case of tuberculosis, though, she has to go to the hospital to recover. Elsie's mum comes to try to take care of her, which works for a while, but Elsie has a bad leg. Despite her mother's objections, she eventually gets the leg seen to, and it turns out that she has a tubercular infection in ...more
Gina
I read this book because I really like how the author Jacqueline Wilson writes and all her other books so I read this book. This book fits into the square that teaches you about another time in history as it is set in the 1950's on the bingo board. My favourite quote in the book was," 'Nan, oh my nan! I cried'.' My Elsie she said and we clung to each other as if we could never let go". This is my favourite quote because it is the time in the story where Elsie, the main character, gets reunited w ...more
Faith
it was a quick and fun, easy read, very enjoyable for 8-12 year olds and it was easy to get gripped with the whole story and relate to how she was feeling. Jacqueline Wilson really can get any story to be fun an interesting even if it is the saddest of stories. She did a good job and i hope you will check it out from amazon or your local bookstore.

my full review: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xS12LG...
Emmy
This book is really good, filled with heartwarming story lines and love for ones family.
Although in bits the story got dragged on a little bit, it has a lot of exciting twists and the best cat in a story the white, majestic cat on the hospital ward.
Iness Mallory
It's a great story about a girl who gets tuberculocius(TB) and goes to a children's hospital. She meet's a cat called Queenie, her ward's cat and J.W names the book after that cat(on the front page there's a photo of her and Queenie.
Kristine
Interesting. I learnt a lot about bovine and pulmonary tubercolosis. Also. I like books like these where children stay in hospitals for extended periods of time... Though it's rather repetitive, the mannerisms and likes and dislikes and characters of the children whom Wilson writes about.
lola ogunmodede
Good but barely any adventure

Good but barely any adventure

I really liked the book honestly it was one of the best I've read.
but I didn't give it 5 stars cause it lacks action and adventure.
Maisie
I loved queenie I cried though this book to it sad but it's a great story
All good books make you cry tho so yeah
I enjoyed it load
I would recommend it to anyone
Have fun reading
F
I thoroughly enjoyed the detail about being in a TB hospital in the 1950s. I like Jacqueline Wilson's interesting heroines, and this is a lively and interesting read.
Shaniahira03
It is the best jaqeline Wilson book I have ever read I don't want it give much away but I would recommend this book for people to read because it is a great book!
Milana
Hi, I'm Elsie Kettle I live with my wonderful Nan.
I was used to mum coming and going, she was a pop star so she sang in different countries. But me and nan was so well we didn't need anyone not even mum.

One day mum said that we would go and see the queen on her coronation, I was super exited.
I went to Elmtry school. I loved doing ballet but nan couldn't afford it.

Sue Mitchison
Nina my ten year old really enjoyed this book as I read it to her. I liked it too, but I think I've read enough Jacqueline Wilson books for a while. It followed the usual storyline of a plucky heroine with a single, absent mother. However the setting was well done - 1950s children's hospital ward.
Bookaholic
Not really a good storyline goes completely of topic and is quite boring !DISAPOINTING
Antonia
i really liked this book as i personally thought that the story sounded quite boring when i read about it. However i nearly always end up like Jacqueline's books. So i wasn't suprised when i found myself getting attatched to it and couldnt stop reading. I like Jacqueline's character Elsie and her Mother who was interesting as Jacqueline's characters normally have a very close relationship with their Mum. Even though some of it was sad, it wasnt majorly depressing to my relief. And what she did i ...more
Ofelia Lester
i really loved this book it was so amazing .READ IT
Keely
Best JW book EVER!!! It's my fave one
Megan
Sep 15, 2014 Megan marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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Beau
OMG queenside is a star xx
Jackie Mc
Well I think this is the best book I have ever read of Jacqueline Wilson's, I have read every new book of her's since My Sister Jodie. I've read about a half of her other books. Queenie is a fantastic book set in 1953, when I read it I really felt as if I was in the hospital with Elise living in that year. I think that it's a great idea to have the small character at the end called afterwards totell you a little time in the present how the characters get on. I wouldput thisbook in my top 10 best ...more
Lily
Really good book <3
Scorch
It's kind of predictable but I still like it.
Emma
It`s 1953, Elsie lives with her nan in a basement flat, until they both got ill with tuberculosis. Elsie was placed in a children hospital and confined to bed for months. Even thou she is missing her nan, at night when the staff are asleep. Elsie would entertain the other children with tales of magic and adventure. For the first time in her life, she discovers true friends including the hospital cat Queenie. I really enjoyed this book :) I like the way it uses the past to create the story.
Rebekah
I loved this book! I saw Queenie in Waterstones and it caught my eye. I love how Jacqueline Wilson did the blurb. I would recommend this book to everyone!
Genevieve Austin
This wonderful book is set in 1953 mostly. It is about a plain girl called Elsie. Her Grandma, who she is living with while her mother is away, catches TB, Tuberculosis. She starts to cough up blood. When Elsie finds out that she has it in her knee, she is heartbroken. She and her Grandma were going to go to the coronation until they both got sick. I loved this book because you learn a lot about historic life. This story is sad but wonderful. It is simply heartwarming.
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Jacqueline Wilson was born in Bath in 1945, but spent most of her childhood in Kingston-on-Thames. She always wanted to be a writer and wrote her first ‘novel’ when she was nine, filling in countless Woolworths’ exercise books as she grew up. As a teenager she started work for a magazine publishing company and then went on to work as a journalist on Jackie magazine (which she was told was named af ...more
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