Our queen of writers! Set in Elizabeth II’s coronation year, this is trademark Jacky with a gorgeous furry extra. It’s 1953, and Princess Elizabeth is about to be crowned Queen of England. Elsie Kettle can’t wait to go to London to see the celebrations on Coronation Day. But tragedy strikes when Elsie and her Nan fall ill with TB. Suddenly Elsie is whisked away to a grim hospital ward, stuck bed for months on end. Can Queenie – the majestic hospital cat – help Elsie to get better? A lovely, touching story of true friendship in tough times. Get set for a very special, very royal surprise…

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  • loved it

    This is so good! The ending is so emotional!

    6 September 2016

  • loved it

    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

    15 August 2015

  • loved it

    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!

    26 July 2015

  • It was fantastic it was the best book in the world

    19 May 2015

  • loved it

    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!

    1 April 2015

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    Jacqueline Wilson

    Former Children’s Laureate Jacqueline Wilson is one of the UK’s best-known living children’s authors.


    Jacqueline has won loads of awards, including the prestigious Children’s Laureate 2005-2007, two British Book Awards Children’s Books of the Year for Girls in Tears and The Illustrated Mum, and the Guardian prize for The Illustrated Mum. In a poll to find the Nation’s Favourite Children’s Book Double Act was voted 10th and was the only contemporary title in the top ten.

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