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Królowa porządków i Sedes Zagłady (Zelah Green #1)

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My name is Zelah Green and I'm a Cleanaholic.

I spend most of my life on Germ-Alert.

Germ-Alert is for when people forget to wash their hands and then try to touch me, or when they sneeze onto a tissue and throw it at the bin like they're playing netball and then miss, or even worse, try to pass it to me. Germ-Alert also covers cats, dogs, un-flushed toilets, greasy metal po
Paperback, 199 pages
Published 2009 by Nasza Księgarnia
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Lauren (Northern Plunder)
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I was browsing my local library for something new because I needed something that wasn't in my usual reading genre but at the same time I needed a short book so I wouldn't be spending ages on it as I have a habit of renewing library books a lot so I refuse to borrow something over 400 pages cause I'm lazy I guess! I found the lovely light green and small book, the title grabbed me first because le
Stephanie (Stepping out of the Page)
I enjoyed this book. It was very cliché and it felt a little unrealistic, but it was enjoyable all the same - it was just such an easy read. I thought that the mental health issues were covered quite well but they were described in a very stereotypical manner. The characters were likeable enough and very interesting - they all had distinct feelings and personalities. Though the character development wasn't very deep, I did feel very aware of all of the inpatients of Forest Hill and they were all ...more
I picked up Zelah Green on a complete whim. I’m a total sucker for realistic fiction, and OCD is a topic that I always feel drawn to for some reason. Coupled with the fact that it’s set in the UK, I was always going to have to read this one.

Although it’s aimed the younger end of the YA target age group, and therefore perhaps some of the issues are watered down a little, I thoroughly enjoyed the way that Curtis created her characters. Their problems are real, their personalities are big and disti
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A close relative of mine lives a life that, while rich and expansive in some areas, is small and constrained in others. Her fear of germs, infection, and illness sees her frequently clad in rubber clubs scrubbing away layers of invisible taint from pristine surfaces, sees her washing and re-washing fruit and vegetables until their glossy fibres strain and fray, sees her bringing her own cutlery to restaurants, refusing to drink out o
Jenny / Wondrous Reads

When Zelah Green was originally released as Zelah Green: Queen of Clean, I paid little or no attention to it. I'm not entirely sure why, I just know I didn't give it a second glance. This new cover made me think twice, and I'm really glad I gave it a go. I loved the writing style and Zelah's personality, and am looking forward to reading book 2 as soon as possible.

Zelah has a form of OCD, which makes her jump on a step a certain number of times, wash her hands a certain way, and change her shoes
I thought that Zelah Green was quite a short book so it didn’t take me very long to read at all. I quite enjoyed it though.
The only other introduction to OCD that I had ever had was through the television programme, Monk. Zelah Green actually gave me a different perspective on it and made me rethink what OCD was actually like as Zelah was completely different to Monk.
I liked Zelah’s voice and for quite a bit of it I didn’t realise that Zelah was fourteen, she seemed more like a sixteen year old
A super short book that makes a huge impact. It's full of fascinating characters and I can't wait to read the next one!
Zelah Green is a interesting book that gives you a inside story of a teenager who has to live with OCD. OCD stands for Obsessive (Compulsive) Cleaning Disorder. Zelah has to jump up and down on the stairs, has to scrub her face a certain amount of time and has other rituals that literally take over her life.

I felt sorry for Zelah and that she has to deal with the disorder and the fact that her dad isn’t around to help her. When she’s send to Forest Hill House, she learns these unique persons tha
I would have given this a 3.5 ranking.

Overall, I liked the book. It glossed over everything in a kind of superficial level and would have been better if there was more depth to it. The ending seemed a little rushed and the situation with her step mother was never explored to my satisfaction. The step mother was more of a caricature than a real person and I feel like there should have been more exposition at the end regarding Zelah's relationship with her father and Heather and the people she lef
Jessica (Jess Hearts Books)
I hadn’t heard very much about this book at all other than it kept coming up in my Amazon recommendations, so when I read a book bloggers review and found out that it was about a teenage girl with OCD I knew I just had to buy it and bought it prompt on my next trip to the book shop. I, like Zelah, suffer from Obsessive Compulsive Disorder more commonly known as OCD which I developed in my teen years after going through a rough time. I know that there are a lot of books on depression out there fo ...more
Vickie Ramage
Zelah Green is a wonderfully quick read which I devoured in about an hour. It was great to delve into such a simple story, without loads of characters, complicated plot line and boys with rippling muscles! Okay, so it's not the most realistic but that's the beauty of it - simplicity. Who doesn't enjoy a piece of pure fluff every now and again?

The issues dealt with are OCD, cutting, anorexia and probably a couple of others that I don't remember. These are all mentioned in a very light way and the
Miss Bookiverse
Lang und breit
Zelah war mir auf Anhieb sympathisch. Sie ist ein liebenswertes, 14jähriges Mädchen, das ein großes Problem hat, nämlich Zwangsstörungen. Diese äußern sich meist in „germ alert“ und „dirt alert“ (also Bakterien- und Dreckalarm). Zelah muss sich nach dem Aufstehen und vor dem zu Bett gehen 31 mal die Hände waschen, Körperkontakt verursacht bei ihr Panikattacken und ungewaschene Gegenstände kann sie nur mit Hilfe eines Taschentuchs anfassen. Ach und dann wäre da noch das Hüpfen auf d
Michelle (Fluttering Butterflies)
I really loved Zelah Green by Vanessa Curtis. I was told beforehand that it's a very loose retelling of Snow White, but if I hadn't known that, it probably wouldn't have been obvious to me while reading it as there is so much that is different. And I do love a really original retelling.

Instead of being perfect and beautiful, like Snow White, Zelah Green has plenty of problems. She begins her story by explaining her unusual name with a really romanticised ideal of what might have happened and the
Zelah Green has been sitting on my shelf for the better part of a year and I can’t believe it took me so long to read, for the most part because it’s such a good book but also because it’s quite short.

Zelah Green is a fourteen year old girl with OCD. I could say suffering with but honestly while she considers it an inconvenience at times, Zelah seems to think she’s functioning quite well. One day she comes home from school and finds her stepmother has packed her bags and is sending her to hospit
For a kids book I thought it was pretty good. Very quick read. Dealt with quite serious issues reasonably well. While some parts were perhaps a little too graphic (mainly the girl who self harms) I do admire that it didn't shy away from it. It made it feel more real and accepted that this is what happens to some people but it doesn't need to and there is help out there to overcome these issues. However, some of the things Zelah was made to do to "get better" were awful and disgusting. That was t ...more
I enjoyed this book lots and thought it did a brilliant job of portraying the mental illness that is OCD. I thought that each patient at Forest Hill was unique and had their own little personality, though felt the author didn't give us enough info on their backgrounds and i also thought that Zelah and Sol needed more of a relationship as i didn't find it very realistic. That said i enjoyed this book lots as it was a quick read but felt it just needed a couple tweeks to make it 5-star-worthy, 4 s ...more
Zelah Green is fourteen and has a bad case of obsessive compulsive disorder.

Every morning when she wakes up to prepare for school, she washes her left and right hands a certain number of times, brushes her teeth with the same number of strokes, scrubs her face the same way until it is red and raw. She jumps a total of one hundred twenty eight times on top of the stairs before coming down to the kitchen.

She never touches anything without a tissue, and sits on the school bus with a clean sheet o
Alexandra Middleton
I really enjoyed this! I saw that it wasn't exactly getting fantastic reviews, but, compared to a lot of other books out there - I loved it! I thought the story was engaging and the characters almost immediately likeable. The only thing I thought was a bit extreme was Zelah's showdown with her step-mother - it all seemed a bit extreme. But I loved it!
This was a super cute book. I was a little annoyed with Zelah's extreme OCD but I think she did good and I found the book funny and a fun read. I hope to read the second book soon.
Jessica B

I was so excited to read Zelah Green when I read that description. I mean, who wouldn't be? But when I saw it's size (HUGE font, small pages) I became nervous. How could the author possibly develop the story and unique characters in that short amount of time? Luckily, I shouldn't have worried.

So I have a fascination with mental institutions, which is actually what drew me to this novel in the first place. The people you could meet and the entire experience just s
Zelah Green suffers from OCD and can't stand to be in the vicinity of dirt and germs. Her routines in the morning are well organised. She washes her left hand thirty-one times, then her right hand thirty-one times, all sorts of other things, then she has to jump more than a hundred times on the first step of the stairs. She has to sit on a paper in a public space, she doesn't touch things unless she is doing so with a tissue.
Contrary to what you may think in your head right now, she is doing fi
This is a highly compelling story, about Rowan, a lonely teenager with schizophrenia, during the WWII.
Ro-the-Strange has unexpected, aggressive craves that, after an uncontrollable occurrence involving his sister, forces his parents to send him to a lunatic asylum. This is just the icing on the cake for them once they realise that they can’t cope with Rowan’s sudden urges. Once there, Rowan becomes the subject to an experimental treatment- electroconvulsive therapy. Alongside Julie’s expressive
The Readings of a Busy Mom Riaz
OK so I haven't read a book that would fall in the category of self discovery and Self Perception because I'm an emotional soul and I know I would be a blubbering mess by the end. I was pleased that this wasn't a book that had me blubbering but had me engaged and curious with the occasional smile and giggle.

Vanessa writes this book with sweet simplicity which explores the subject matter with humour and empathy allowing you to flow from page to page with great understanding. The Queen of Clean i
Zelah's name was given to her by the place of her conception as she was told by her mother; her mother told her a great many romantic and happy stories surrounding her birth and upbringing. But Zelah learnt all too soon that these stories were just stories and that the reality of things was much different. But when that reality became too hard to cope with and Zelah's whole world shattered, Zelah began her rituals.

With so much that has happened to her, so much that has gone wrong, Zelah controls
Zelah Green hat es bereits im Teenageralter nicht leicht. Ihre Mutter verstarb an Krebs, ihr Vater hat vor einem Monat die Familie verlassen und mit ihrer Stiefmutter kommt sie nur schwer aus. Wäre all das nicht schon frustrierend genug, muss sich Zelah mit einer psychischen Erkrankung auseinander setzen, die sie jedoch nicht als Krankheit empfindet. Sie hat panische Angst vor Bakterien und Dreck und muss sich täglich mehrfach die Hände waschen. Auch sonst darf in ihrer Umgebung nichts dreckig, ...more
Zelah Green was a really interesting look at life for a variety of “issues”. I’m only saying issues not characters cos although the characters were different this isn’t as rare as them all pretty much having issues.

Like OCD. Welcome Zelah and her rituals which are just beyond belief. Some things I really believed; I squirmed, cringed, giggled ‘aww’ed, ‘Gah’ed and was...

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Zelah Green, Queen of Clean (Zelah Green #1) @ Once Upon A
I think that what i liked about this book was unlike many books with main characters suffering from a mental illness the book isn't about it and instead about Zelah herself. Zelah's character was likable and the story was pleasant especially after going through a lot of heavy books it was nice to find a a nice quick read to recover from a book hangover that didn't have me on an emotional roller coaster.It probably wasn't the most memorable story but it was nice and perfect for post series.nice.
This book was simple, yet memorable.
Zelah Green (the queen of clean) has problems with OCD (obsessive compulsive disorder)
She is a funny, and developing character.
It was so much fun reading in her point of view.
I can't wait to read the second book!
I recommend it for everyone! Its just such a great children's book.
Shauna Tyndall
Zelah Green has Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. She has to wash her hands 31 times, and hop on the stairs everyday and scrub her face until it bleeds. She can't touch anyone or anything that carries germs. Which pretty much means she can't touch anything. Then she is sent to get treatment, where she meets other kids with problems, and learns to work through her own. But can she overcome the disorder, and get on with a relatively normal live? Zelah Green is a quick read, and interesting. It deals ...more
Laura Stanistreet
What to say about this book… it was a quick read? Feel a bit mean trashing ‘Zelah’ – it didn’t ‘wow’ me but I didn’t hate it. There were a LOT of things that bugged me – the demonization of Zelah’s stepmother, the too-tidy ending, the underuse of Marilyn-Manson loving, self-harming, foul-mouthed, artistic Caro – how much more would I have liked this book if it had her as a main character? Answer: lots more.

Liked Zelah’s voice but I’ve read better books with a neurotic teen girl as the narrator –

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I'm a children's author whose first book 'Zelah Green: Queen of Clean' is published by Egmont UK and won the Manchester Children's Book Awards 2010. It was also shortlisted for the 2010 Young Minds, the 2009 Waterstones Children's Book Prize, the NASEN awards and the 2010 Bolton Children's Book Awards and longlisted for the Branford Boase 2010. The sequel 'Zelah Green: One More Little Problem' is ...more
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