Queen of Hearts by Martha Brooks

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On the prairies of Canada during World War II, a girl and her two young siblings begin a war of their own. Stricken with tuberculosis, they are admitted to a nearby sanatorium. Teenager Marie Claire is headstrong, angry, and full of stubborn pride. In a new strange land of TB exiles she must “chase the cure,” seek privacy where there is none, and witness the slow wasting decline of others. But in this moving novel about fighting a way back to normal life, it is the thing that sets back Marie Claire the most—the demise of her little brother—that also connects her with the person who will be instrumental in helping her recover.


About Martha Brooks

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Martha Brooks is the author of six highly acclaimed young adult books, including Traveling On into the Light and Other Stories, a School Library Journal Best Book of the Year and a Hungry Mind Review Children’s Book of Distinction. She lives in Winnipeg, Canada.
Published August 2, 2011 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR). 225 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Health, Fitness & Dieting, History, Children's Books. Fiction

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An absorbing and quietly moving coming-of-age story about a French-Canadian teenager during World War II who contracts tuberculosis, along with her younger brother and sister, and is confined to a local sanatorium for long-term care just before her 16th birthday.

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