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Gleitzman, Morris. Two weeks with the queen.

GLEITZMAN, Morris. Two weeks with the queen. Read by the author. 2 cds. 2.5 hrs. Bolinda Audio. 1989/2006. 1-740-93797-x. $24.00. Vinyl; plot, author notes. J

Colin Mudford, a 12-year-old Australian boy, is crushed when he receives a new pair of shoes for Christmas while his younger brother Luke gets toy airplanes. He whinges about this favoritism until Luke collapses and is rushed to the hospital. The diagnosis is incurable cancer. Deciding that Colin should not have to see his brother dying, Mum and Dad send him off to England to stay with friends for the duration of Luke's illness. But Colin refuses to believe that Luke can't be saved and is determined to find a "top doctor" who will cure him. While in London he even attempts to storm Buckingham Palace to see the Queen and ask her help. But despite Colin's optimism and determination, when he finally does get to consult a "top doctor" he is told regretfully that no medicine can stop this form of the disease. Convinced at last, Colin makes an important decision. Despite the somber nature of the theme, the story is filled with funny incidents. Colin is so believable with his endearing, grandiose ideas and innocent decency that his character brims with life. As usual, author Gleitzman gives his book a perfect reading. Pat Dole, Richmond, VA

J--Recommended for junior high school students. The contents are of particular interest to young adolescents and their teachers.
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