Two Weeks with the Queen Paperback
'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.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 128 pages
- Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
- Publication Date: 04/03/1999
- Category: General
- ISBN: 9780141303000
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Review by marsap
Colin Mudford is on a mission. His brother Luke has cancer and Colin has been sent to stay with his aunt and uncle in London while his parents care for his brother through the final stages of cancer. But 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. If only he can reach the Queen, he reasons, she’ll be able to put him in touch with the best cancer doctor in the world and Luke will be made well. Instead, Colin meets some remarkable people and, through them, he is able to share some of the universal grief of losing a person you love. This is one of the few children's book that I have read that deal with the serious subject of cancer, HIV, gay men, in a way that is non-judgmental, affirming way. The material is presented in a sweet though not very realistic way, though the compassion and the relationships feel quite real. 3 ½ out of 5.