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    Description'I need to see the Queen about my sick brother.' Colin Mudford is on a quest. His brother Luke has cancer and the doctors in Australia don't seem to be able to cure him. Sent to London to stay with relatives, Colin is desperate to do something to help Luke. He wants to find the best the doctor in the world. Where better to start than by going to the top? Colin is determined to ask the Queen for her advice. In Morris Gleitzman's trademark style, this very moving story illuminates deeply serious issues about illness and loss with bright moments of humour.


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    Title
    Two Weeks with the Queen
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Morris Gleitzman
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 128
    Width: 129 mm
    Height: 198 mm
    Thickness: 7 mm
    Weight: 94 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780141303000
    ISBN 10: 014130300X
    Classifications

    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: Y2.1
    BIC E4L: GEN
    LC subject heading:
    DC21: 823
    BIC subject category V2: YFB
    BIC reading level and special interest qualifier V2: 5AL
    BIC E4L: F9+
    DC22: FIC
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 12000
    BIC children’s book marketing category: E3N79
    Ingram Subject Code: CK
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: JUV005000
    BIC subject category V2: 5AL
    Thema V1.0: YFB
    Publisher
    Penguin Books Ltd
    Imprint name
    Puffin Books
    Publication date
    04 March 1999
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    Morris Gleitzman, born in Lincolnshire, moved to Australia when a teenager. He worked as a paperboy, a shelf-stacker, a frozen chicken de-froster, an assistant to a fashion designer and more, before taking a degree in Professional Writing at Canberra College and becoming a writer. He has written for TV, stage, newspapers and magazines but is best-known for his hugely successful children's books. He lives in Melbourne.
    Review text
    A jealous Australian 12-year-old, unable to accept his younger brother's inoperable cancer, feels excluded by his parents' decision to send him to English relatives "until it's all [over]." Inspired by the Queen's Christmas Message of concern for a world of suffering and pain, Colin decides to become a hero by asking for her help. His determination to save his brother - despite the efforts of his anti-royalist uncle, overprotective aunt, and wimpy cousin - leads to some very funny scenes as he attempts to invade Buckingham Palace and approaches a doctor at the "Best Cancer Hospital." Meanwhile, Colin's relationship with a young man dealing with his lover's AIDS exemplifies the book's earnest honesty while also introducing some humorous moments. More seriously, Gleitzman depicts the denial and anger that accompany grief, portraying Colin's egocentricity, spunk, and pain compassionately and without condescension. Neatly tied together by the incidents involving the queen, this mixture of genuine emotion and humor makes for an engaging story that should have broad appeal. (Kirkus Reviews)