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Layla, Queen of hearts
Millard, Glenda.
Personal Author:
First American edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Farrar Straus Giroux, [2010]

Physical Description:
119 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm.
Even though she loves the family of her best friend, Griffin Silk, especially grandmother Nell, Layla Elliott, who no longer has a grandmother, determines, despite many difficulties, to find an old person of her own to bring to the school's Senior Citizens' Day.
General Note:
"Originally published in Australia by ABC Books."

Sequel to: The naming of Tishkin Silk.
Reading Level:
900 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 5.5 2.0 136973.

Reading Counts RC 3-5 6.2 5 Quiz: 50070.
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When Layla's school announces a Senior Citizens' Day, Layla is at a loss. Who can she take? Her friend Griffin Silk offers to share his grandmother, Nell, but Layla desperately wants someone of her own. So Nell introduces Layla to Miss Amelie and a friendship begins. Layla soon learns that Miss Amelie has problems with her memory. Layla is determined to help--and a small but significant miracle occurs in this warm and loving novel about the healing power of friendship.
Layla, Queen of Hearts is a 2011 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.

Author Notes

Glenda Millard is an Australian writer of children's literature and young-adult fiction. She was born in Victoria Australia. Her first book came out in 1999 was titled Unplugged. In 2003 she released The Naming of Tishkin Silk which was named as an honour book at the 2004 CBCA Awards and was a finalist for the 2004 New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards. In 2007 Layla, Queen of Hearts, a follow up to The Naming Of Tishkin Silk, won the 2007 Queensland Premier's Literary Award for Children's Book and was a short-list nominee for the Children's Book of the Year Award for younger readers.

In 2009 Millard released her young-adult fiction novel A Small Free Kiss in the Dark and the children's novel Perry Angel's Suitcase. A Small Free Kiss in the Dark was a short-list nominee for the 2009 Aurealis Award for best young-adult novel but lost to Scott Westerfeld's Leviathan and Perry Angel's Suitcase won the 2009 Children's Book of the Year Award for younger readers. Millard was also named an ambassador for the Victorian Premier's Reading Challenge

In 2015 her title Once A Shepherd was chosen as one of four titles for the United States Board of Books for Young People. Her title The Duck and Darklings made the Wilderness Society 2015 children's book award shortlist in the Picture Fiction category. In 2016, it won the WA Premier's Book Awards in the Children's category.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Following The Naming of Tishkin Silk (2009), this second title featuring the endearing, sometimes quirky Silk family focuses on third-grader Layla Elliott, Griffin Silk's best friend, who, without grandparents of her own, needs someone to bring to the school's Senior Citizens' Day. Then she meets charming Miss Amelie, who is frequently forgetful and confused. Despite these challenges, their developing friendship brings Layla rewarding insights into kindness and understanding. Difficult issues, including a loved one's death, are handled with sensitivity and reassurance, while droll, sweet spot art and well-drawn characters add to the book's appeal.--Rosenfeld, Shelle Copyright 2010 Booklist

School Library Journal Review

Gr 3-5-Senior Citizen's Day is right around the corner for the third graders at Saint Benedict's, and Layla Elliott has a problem. Her nana died last year, and she has no one special to take to the festivities. No one, that is, until she meets Miss Amelie, who is coping with memory loss. The elderly woman's condition doesn't stop Layla from pursuing a friendship with her, though. She knows that they are meant to be friends because they share the nickname "Queen of Hearts," given to each of them by a loved one who has passed. Indeed, their bond strengthens, and Miss Amelie attends Senior Citizen's Day with Layla. They have a wonderful time together, but then the child must learn how to cope as she watches her friend's memory worsen. The sequel to The Naming of Tishkin Silk (Farrar, 2009), this is a beautifully written tale about how it feels to lose someone you care about, whether the loss is due to death or dementia. Though the subject matter is heavy, Millard maintains an upbeat mood throughout and her poetic descriptions of Layla's environment show readers that there is beauty and joy to be found in everyday life. Soft pencil drawings scattered throughout also add a sense of comfort. This is a gentle introduction to a difficult subject, and reassuring bibliotherapy for children who have already lost a grandparent.-Amy Holland, Hamlin Public Library, Rochester, NY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.