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Deep See Readers: Garth Nix

The Deep See Readers met today to discuss our latest book.  We read ‘Shade’s Children’ by Garth Nix.  This book was chosen by Jago who read and enjoyed it.

Garth Nix is an Australian author who mostly writes fantasy books.  He was born in Melbourne and brought up in Canberra.

Our opinions on this book were mixed with some group members being big fans and others not enjoying the fantasy world of the book.  Yet, what was clear from the discussion was that everybody could remember key episodes from the book.  One reader said that Nix writes ‘vividly’ and this must be true if parts of the book stick clearly in the mind.

The fans said this was a book with pace and tension and characters, such as Gold Eye, you could empathise with.  The idea for the book is an original one and structure with ‘archive’ sections helps keep the reader on track with the complex story.


Two Weeks with The Queen: More Views

Two Deep See readers have contributed their views of our book choice to our blog.

‘Two Weeks with The Queen’ is an engaging book by Morris Gleitzman, an author who loves humour written and published in his very own books, although in ‘Two Weeks with The Queen’ the humour was not used a lot.  He used the smallest amount of humour but the biggest amount of love.

If you wanted a book about life, ‘Two Weeks with The Queen’ is going the right way.  It is a book about two brothers, Colin and Luke.  Unfortunately, Luke has cancer and life or death on his hands.  Colin thought that he could find better doctors in London than in his home country, Australia, and with some help he reaches a goal.  ‘Two weeks with The Queen’ has an ending where your imagination can run wild.



‘Two Weeks with The Queen’ is a very captivating read.  I didn’t want to put the book down, most of the time.  This book isn’t a book I would normally read but, once I got into it, it was quite amusing.  It is very different because Ted, one of the characters is gay and his partner is very ill.  All the books I have read haven’t had any gay men in them and that is why I think this book is different.  It is also a book about a boy called Colin who travels to England to find the best  doctor in the world for his brother Luke.

This book is very interesting and I enjoyed reading it very much.


Two Weeks with the Queen

When Colin’s brother Luke gets extremely ill with a cancer called Leukaemia, Colin is determined to find the best doctor in the world to make his precious brother better.  His hard hearted mother and father send him to England to saty with his Auntie Iris, Uncle Bob and hypochondriac cousin Alistair in England.  I think that was because they wanted to get rid of Colin so they could focus on Luke instead of having to deal with Colin too.  I like this book because it is a book about a serious matter but he has made it into a fun book for adults and kids and I think it is really cool.  My favourite bit of the story is when he writes a letter to the Queen asking for help. What’s written in the story is very humorous and I really liked it.

Here is the letter Colin composed to the Queen:

Dear Your Majesty the Queen,

I need to speak to you urgently about my brother Luke.  He’s got cancer and the doctors in Australia are being really slack.  If I could borrow your top doctor for a few days I know he/she would fix things up in no time.  Of course Mum and Dad would pay for his/her fares even if it meant selling the car or getting a loan.  Please contact me at the above address urgently.

Yours sincerely

Colin Mudford

P.S.  This is not a hoax.

Ring the above number and Aunty Iris will tell you. Hang up if a man answers.

If you want something done properly, Colin reckons, go straight to the top!  After all, if the Queen can’t help, who can?

This book really changed my point of view about Morris Gleitzman.  I read his book ‘Toad Rage’; I really didn’t like that so I thought that the just wrote boring books about toads and other less interesting animals (no offence to any toads that read the blog).  But then I read ‘Two weeks with the Queen’.  I think that ‘Two weeks with the Queen’ is an amazing book full of humorous jokes and funny comments.  I would highly praise this book as one of the best books I have read.  I would also recommend this book to any reader that loves to be hooked into a book, someone who loves to laugh, a bookworm that likes a book that makes you feel empathy and a book lover that can put themselves in the character’s shoes in any situation and I think that is what Morris Gleitzman is targeting when he is busy writing these amazing books.


Two Weeks with The Queen

I think it must be a hard job to write a book about very serious issues and make sure it isn’t depressing.  Morris Gleitzman has done just that with his book ‘Two Weeks with The Queen’.  It is why I like his writing and this book in particular.  It is light hearted in places but isn’t funny all the way through.  There are some tough moments and it is very sad in places but it is not a depressing book and it shows that when you are need, there is somebody to support you. Colin finds a friend in Ted and finds the strength of character to deal with the crisis in his family.   Finding out what  was really important in his life was the deeper meaning of the book for me.

This is a good book for Australia year because there is Australian slang and we get to see what Britain seems like to a young Australian visitor.

The ending seems just right to me.  There is a sense of hope for Colin and his brother.  If you haven’t already done so, read it!

Mr Whitewick

Two Weeks with the Queen: Two opinions

In Deep See Readers, we read ‘Two Weeks with the Queen’ by Morris Gleitzman.  It was a brilliant book as it delt with serious issues in a way that children could understand.  Colin Mudford was the main character and he was sent to England by his parents so that he could try to worry less about his brother, Luke, which had cancer.  Colin met a man called Ted whose partner was in hospital with AIDS.  This book is so much better than Toad Rage and I hope to read more books like this.


I didn’t like ‘Two Weeks with the Queen’ as much as ‘Toad Rage’ because it wasn’t a very funny book.  It was more of a serious book.  I felt sympathetic for Luke and Colin because Luke was the one diagnosed with cancer but Colin had to live with his Aunty and Uncle while Luke dies.  I thought it could have been longer so more people would want to read it and see whether Luke dies or gets healed.


The Deep See Readers

Two Weeks with The Queen

The Deep See Readers meet this week to discuss our latest book, ‘Two Weeks with The Queen’ by Morris Gleitzman.  I first read this book in the early 90s not long after it was first published in the UK.  I have shared it with many classes since then and I am looking forward to finding out what the Deep See Readers think.  It will be interesting to see if the readers have developed views about Morris Gleitzman’s style as well.

Mr Whitewick