Queen of Hearts by Martha Brooks

In the book Queen of Hearts, a girl named Marie Claire and her younger brother and sister Luc and Josee are diagnosed with tuberculosis.  They are sent to a sanitarium and kept away from the rest of society.  While looking for a “cure”, Marie Claire’s little brother dies from the illness and she is left angry and alone.  With time she meets a girl named Signy who gives her strength and hope when she believes she has no one.  Signy eventually gets worse and Marie Claire has strengthened enough to move to healthier quarters in the hospital, and has to leave her friend behind.  While in the new section, she meets a guy named Jack and seems to forget about her promises she made to Signy.  With a change of heart, she decides to make Signy her first priority and gives up opportunities to go home and spend time with Jack.  My favorite character would be Jack Hawkings because he’s a positive guy and doesn’t let his illness get the best of him.  My favorite part was when Marie Claire and Jack had their picnic together, because it was the first time when she was really happy.  I would rate the book 4 out of 5 stars and would recommend it to friends because it is a story about friendship and love for others.  The message is about how friendship can last forever and to never let anything get in the way of that.

Submitted by Chontelle

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