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The brilliant new book from bestselling author Jacqueline Wilson, set in the children's ward of a 1950s hospital.

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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4.6 / 5
March 15th, 2015
I loved this book it was so exiting. My favourite charater is elsie. The queen is so nice i wish i could meet her. I really recomend this book for 7 year olds or more !!!
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January 3rd, 2015
I think that queenie is very good however it has a swooping moment at the end i loved it .Elsie has lots of love
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December 26th, 2014
Weird, wonderful, scary, sad everything a book could and should be..................just amazing great.
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May 29th, 2014
i love love this book i am still reading it but i would like it if i could read it on here for a change
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February 7th, 2014
I totally loved it it was so sad and when you mentioned Fry's chocolate cream it made my daddy lick his lips :-) literally loved it !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!WELL DONE Jacqueline Wilson :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) -:-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-( :-D :-D :-D
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