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Queen of Hearts

Martha Brooks

Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)

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.

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Queen of Hearts
Wolf at the DoorSummer 1940Author's NoteI grew up in a medical family on the grounds of a tuberculosis sanatorium in Ninette, Manitoba, where my father was a thoracic surgeon and my mother a nurse. As a kid, I'd tear down the hilly road on my bike, black Lab yapping at the wheels. Patients, both young and old, pressed their faces against the balcony screens and laughed and called down to me to stop to talk. I'd come to an abrupt halt, back up the bike, crane my neck, and then we'd chat. I was lonely. They missed their families. It was perfect.At the beginning of the last century,
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Praise for Queen of Hearts

“From the very first page, Martha Brooks draws us into her narrative. Rich in sensory details, every word adds to this compelling picture of life on the Canada prairie.” --Shelf Awareness for Readers
 
"It's a testament to Brooks' fine and empathetic writing (Mistik Lake, 2007, etc.) that she's able to bring vividly and compassionately to life the parallel/alternate world of what Marie-Claire calls "TB exiles" and create an emotionally rich, stirring story about loss, friendship, love and healing." --Kirkus Starred
 
"Readers…will be fascinated by Marie-Claire’s fictionalized yet convincing travail.” --BCCB
 
"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
 
"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
 
"Marie-Claire and her fellow patients’ fears will be recognizable to contemporary readers…” -- Publishers Weekly
 
 
 
 
“From the very first page, Martha Brooks draws us into her narrative. Rich in sensory details, every word adds to this compelling picture of life on the Canada prairie.” --Shelf Awareness for Readers
 
"It's a testament to Brooks' fine and empathetic writing (Mistik Lake, 2007, etc.) that she's able to bring vividly and compassionately to life the parallel/alternate world of what Marie-Claire calls "TB exiles" and create an emotionally rich, stirring story about loss, friendship, love and healing." --Kirkus Starred
 
"Readers…will be fascinated by Marie-Claire’s fictionalized yet convincing travail.” --BCCB
 
"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
 
"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
 
"Marie-Claire and her fellow patients’ fears will be recognizable to contemporary readers…” -- Publishers Weekly
 
 
 
 

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QUEEN OF HEARTS by Martha BrooksKirkus Book Reviews
Read the Kirkus Review of QUEEN OF HEARTS . 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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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • Martha Brooks

  • MARTHA BROOKS was raised in southwestern Manitoba, near the U.S. border, in a medical family on the grounds of a tuberculosis sanatorium. She lives in Winnepeg, Canada.
  • Martha Brooks
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Queen of Hearts

Martha Brooks

USBBY Outstanding International Book, American Library Association Best Books for Young Adults, American Library Association Notable Children's Books, Vermont Dorothy Canfield Fisher Award Master List
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