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Groundwood Books

Queen of Hearts

Written by Martha Brooks

For kids - 14 years old | Published September 01, 2010 | ISBN 9780888998286
YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Social Themes / General

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208 pages | 7 in × 5 in
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About this book

Queen of Hearts

Martha Brooks

Finalist for the Geoffrey Bilson Award for Historical Fiction for Young People and the IODE Violet Downey Book Award, and an American Library Association Notable Children's Book and a Kirkus Reviews Best Book

It's 1941, and Canada is two years into World War II. Meanwhile, in rural Manitoba, fifteen-year-old Marie-Claire Cote begins a war of her own as she and her brother and sister, all stricken with tuberculosis, are taken by their anguished parents to "chase the cure" at nearby Pembina Hills Sanatorium.

While her roommate retains a dogged cheerfulness that is both heroic and irritating, Marie-Claire resists with all of her prideful strength while she fights her own illness and tries to seek privacy where there is none. Her father, overwhelmed by fear and guilt, never visits. And her young brother, Luc, who is losing his battle with TB in another wing of the infirmary, sends notes to her penned for him by his nineteen-year-old roommate, Jack Hawkings.

This is a story about surviving loss, and finding friendship, and love, in surprising places.

About the Author

Martha Brooks

Martha Brooks is an award-winning novelist, playwright and jazz singer whose books have been published in Spain, Italy, Japan, Denmark, England, Germany and Australia, as well as in Canada and the United States. She is a three-time winner of the Canadian Library Association Young Adult Book of the Year, as well as the Ruth Schwartz Award, the Mr. Christie’s Book Award, the Governor General’s Award, and the Vicky Metcalf Award for her body of work. She lives in Winnipeg.

Awards and Praise

"Brooks masterfully re-creates a TB sanatorium through the protagonist’s experience and believable characters. A well-drawn, innocent, yet compelling work of historical fiction" — School Library Journal, STARRED REVIEW

"Much like a play in its discrete, focused scenes, this novel is that rarest of birds, a happily ending, nonsappy young adult romance." — Horn Book Magazine, STARRED REVIEW

" emotionally rich, stirring story about loss, friendship, love and healing." — Kirkus, STARRED REVIEW

  • Short-listed Manitoba Young Readers Choice Awards, 2011
  • Commended CCBC Best Books for Kids & Teens, Starred Selection, 2011
  • Commended Kirkus Best Teen Books of 2011, 2011
  • Short-listed IODE Violet Downey Book Award, 2010
  • Commended OLA Best Bets, 2010
  • Commended YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults, 2012
  • Short-listed Manitoba Book Awards McNally Robinson Book for Young People Award, 2011
  • Short-listed Geoffrey Bilson Award for Historical Fiction for Young People, 2011
  • Commended ALA Notable Chilren's Books List, 2012