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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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Product Details






Yearling (imprint of Random House Children's Books)

Date published

December 5th, 2013

Lexile measure


Accelerated Reader

AR book level: 4.9; Middle years; 13.0 points




Jacqueline Wilson

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  1. Blossom-1
    on 6 September 2016

    This is so good! The ending is so emotional!

    5 out of 5
  2. rabbit58894
    on 15 August 2015

    So cool I cry at how the nurses treat poor Elsie and I understand her feelings. She is rather like me it feels like we’re sisters I blushed when the nurse gave her the pot to go to the toilet

    5 out of 5
  3. MistyMoon02
    on 26 July 2015

    I really liked this book because it just had such a warm feel to it. I honestly didn’t want it to end and it was the first time I’d read a large chapter book. Loved it!

    5 out of 5
  4. fresh96
    on 19 May 2015

    It was fantastic it was the best book in the world

  5. chocolategirl1234568
    on 1 April 2015

    I loved this book soooooo much! I love cats and history so this was perfect for me! It was definetky one of Jaqulines best books!

    5 out of 5
  6. epic123
    on 27 October 2014

    I was almost in tears when I had read the first few chapters of this book. I would hate to be put in Elsie’s shoes. it’s just so emotional. to be Elsie, to know that your mum doesn’t really care about you and to know that the only one who loves you is suffering in hospital. oh! don’t ask me about it. despite the emotional parts, I really enjoyed this book. you must read it because you’ll be speechless by the time you have read it.

  7. stargazer0
    on 26 May 2014

    this book is quite sad and nearly had me in tears when the nan goes into a special hospital and she has to be parted from her only grandaughter. i have read this book 1 and a half times.

    5 out of 5
  8. sarashah
    on 25 March 2014

    I really like the idea of Elsie sleeping with her Nan if she is afraid of the dark which is probably all the time. Also when Elsie’s Nan does not even need Elsie’s mum to look after Elsie. This shows that Elsie’s Nan is responsible for everything Elsie does. This also shows that Elsie and her Nan love each other very much. I think that Elsie is a very sensible child because her Nan has never ever shouted at her, not even once!!! I am sure things will go right for the rest of Elsie’s life but we just have to wait and see if that is true!Do you agree with me?

    Due to the fact this is such a interesting book to me i will rate this book to an outstanding amount of 5/5!!!

  9. crazykitty
    on 9 March 2014

    Good book Loved it

  10. loobyloulou123
    on 9 March 2014

    this book is awesome its so interesting. i don’t think i have ever read a book this happy.

    5 out of 5
  11. Book-Lover1234
    on 9 March 2014

    This is a book that gets your emotions running so fast that when you put the book down your confused and shocked that your not in the book with Elsie. I hated the way that the nurses treated the poor children, yet it was educational as well as it was true what they had done. I love the ending though as it is just so well written, though the rest of the book is too. You will fall in love with all of the characters and make best friends with each and every single one of them. If you haven’t read this yet then you better as you are missing out on a simply amazing story.

  12. Rachel124
    on 8 March 2014

    Elise lives with her nan. Her nan is taken ill and has to go to a sanatorium. Elise’s mum has to come back from her abroad working theatre job. Elise gets a similar disease as her nan and has to go into hospital. Queenie the hospital cat takes a liking to Elise.

    5 out of 5
  13. bee100xxx
    on 8 March 2014

    It is 1953, and Elsie Kettle cannot wait to go to the coronation to see the Queen. Unfortunately Elsie and her Grandma fall ill with a Disease called TB. Can Queenie the majestic – cosy – amazing hospital ward cat help Elsie and her Grandma get to the coronation safely and well….

    4 out of 5
  14. books2000
    on 8 March 2014

    its good

  15. Potterfan7
    on 8 March 2014

    Jacqueline wilson never stops writing outstanding books

  16. bookworm823
    on 7 March 2014

    Queenie is a fantastic book by Jacqueline Wilson!

  17. roseyclo
    on 6 March 2014

    very good.

  18. ElsieJW
    on 6 March 2014

    I LOVE this book so much i have read it loads of times!

  19. bookaholic202
    on 6 March 2014

    Elsie loves her Nan more than anyone else so when they both get TB she is convinced her Nan didn’t infect her. She makes friends in the hospital both human and cat.

  20. Catherine0703
    on 6 March 2014

    A bit boring at the start but after that it’s brilliant

  21. Booklover0109
    on 5 March 2014

    Very sad yet very lovely!!!

  22. Celine1
    on 4 March 2014

    I love Jacqueline Wilson and her books exspecially this book it’s so good and inspiring .

  23. Banditze
    on 4 March 2014

    Wow an amazing and interesting book! I LOVE IT!!!

    5 out of 5
  24. Prisoner01
    on 4 March 2014

    Queenie was a really great book! Like all Jacqueline Wilson books, you could really identify with the characters in a real-like situation. When I first read the blurb, I wasn’t sure if it was going to be a sad book but it does have a happy ending.

  25. lebbyland27
    on 4 March 2014

    i love this book because the majority of the books in the world are set in the modern times. however, this book is fortunately set in the Victorian times. i found this book very interesting because it is also set in London and it explains the setting and everything. also the fact that the book was kind of based around the cat ( QUENNIE ) at the end, makes it seem quite unusual.

    5 out of 5
  26. justbecauseimnerdy
    on 4 March 2014

    Great book – much more like Wilson’s older novels in that it has superior quality to some of the newer ones, and very emotive! I recommend to boys and girls aged 5 – 7.

  27. friends-rock123
    on 9 January 2014

    love jacky!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    5 out of 5
  28. emz1415
    on 4 January 2014

    It looks really hood I’d like to read this

    3 out of 5