Its 1953, the year Elizabeth is to be crowned Queen of England. Elsie Kettle can't wait to go to London with her beloved nan to see the Coronation Day celebrations. Then tragedy strikes. Nan and Elsie both fall ill with tuberculosis and Elsie is whisked away to the children's ward of Miltree Hospital. Confined to bed for months, Elsie misses Nan desperately, and struggles to adapt to the hospital's strict rules. But every night after lights-out she tells magical tales of adventure to the other children on the ward. For the first time, Elsie finds herself surrounded by true friends including Queenie, the hospital's majestic white cat.
Finally, Elsie is well enough to leave the hospital. But before she does, she has one very special, very unexpected visitor . . .
Jacqueline Wilson is one of Britains bestselling authors, with more than 35 million books sold in the UK alone. She has been honoured with many prizes for her work, including the Guardian Childrens Fiction Award and the Childrens Book of the Year. Jacqueline is a former Childrens Laureate, a professor of childrens literature, and in 2008 she was appointed a Dame for services to childrens literacy.show more