'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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(198mm x 129mm x 7mm)
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
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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)
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Author Biography - Morris Gleitzman
Morris Gleitzman was born in Lincolnshire and moved to Australia in his teens. 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 succesful children's books including Two Weeks with the Queen, Bumface and Once.