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Friday, October 29, 2010
Queen of Hearts by Martha Brooks
All three children in the Cote family come down with tuberculosis and are admitted to a sanatorium near their farm in southern Manitoba. It is 1941 and treatment consists mostly of absolute bed rest and as much fresh air as possible. No matter how cold it is, patients are bundled up and their beds are trundled outdoors at night. For 15-year-old Marie-Claire, boredom is the worst part of her illness. Having an annoying roommate like Signy is almost as bad. But growing up happens no matter where we are and love can be found in unlikely places. A quiet story about friendship and family dynamics. Grade 5 - 9.