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A brilliant and moving story from bestselling author Jacqueline Wilson, set in the children's ward of a 1950s hospital, and featuring a gorgeous, shiny gold cover.

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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A master storyteller

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Formats & editions

  • Paperback

    9780440869887

    February 3, 2014

    Yearling

    416 pages

    RRP $19.99

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  • EBook

    9781446479841

    January 31, 2013

    RHCP Digital

    416 pages

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Also by Jacqueline Wilson

Hetty Feather's Christmas
The Jacqueline Wilson Diary 2018
Wave Me Goodbye
Butterfly Beach
Clover Moon
The Jacqueline Wilson Diary 2017
The Jacqueline Wilson Address Book 2016
Rent a Bridesmaid
Little Stars
Jacqueline Wilson Friendship Journal
Katy
Hetty Feather Journal
Jacqueline Wilson's Happy Holidays
The Butterfly Club
The Jacqueline Wilson Treasury
Opal Plumstead
The Jacqueline Wilson Christmas Cracker
Jacqueline Wilson Hobby Journal
Jacqueline Wilson Dream Journal
Ask Tracy Beaker and Friends
Paws and Whiskers
Diamond
Jacqueline Wilson Birthday Journal
Four Children & It

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Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life
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Trash
Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda
Why I Love Footy
Anne Of Green Gables
Old School: Diary of a Wimpy Kid (BK10)
Thirteen Reasons Why
Auggie & Me: Three Wonder Stories
The Witches
Pippa's Island 1: The Beach Shack Cafe
The Hidden Oracle
Juliet, Nearly a Vet collection 1
Library Of Souls
The Fault In Our Stars