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    Diamond (Hetty Feather) (Hardback) By (author) Jacqueline Wilson, Illustrated by Nick Sharratt

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    DescriptionDiamond wasn't always a star. Born to penniless parents who longed for a strong, healthy son, she was a dainty, delicate daughter - and a bitter disappointment. Discovering she has an extraordinary natural gift for acrobatics, Diamond tries to use her talent to earn a few pennies, but simply brings shame on her family. Then a mysterious, cruel-eyed stranger spots her performing on the street, and makes a deal with her father. Diamond is sold for five guineas, and is taken, alone and frightened, to become an acrobat at Tanglefield's Travelling Circus. The crowds adore Diamond, but life behind the red velvet curtains is far from glamorous. Her master is wicked and greedy, forcing Diamond to attempt ever more daring and dangerous tricks, until she is terrified to step into the ring. But there are true friends to be found at the circus, too: the gentle Mister Marvel; the kindly Madame Adeline; and the glorious Emerald Star, Tanglefield's brand-new ringmaster, and Diamond's heroine. When life at the circus becomes too dangerous to bear any longer, what will the future hold for Diamond? And will her beloved Emerald be a part of it?


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    Title
    Diamond
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Jacqueline Wilson, Illustrated by Nick Sharratt
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 304
    Width: 152 mm
    Height: 218 mm
    Thickness: 28 mm
    Weight: 460 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780857531070
    ISBN 10: 0857531077
    Classifications

    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: Y2.1
    BIC E4L: GEN
    BIC subject category V2: YFB
    BIC E4L: F9+
    BIC reading level and special interest qualifier V2: 5AK
    BIC children’s book marketing category: D3N79
    BIC subject category V2: YX, YF
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 17200
    BISAC V2.8: JUV000000
    BIC subject category V2: 5AK
    DC23: 823.92
    Illustrations note
    B/W throughout
    Publisher
    Random House Children's Publishers UK
    Imprint name
    Doubleday Children's Books
    Publication date
    26 September 2013
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    JACQUELINE WILSON is an extremely well-known and hugely popular author who served as Children's Laureate from 2005-7. She has been awarded a number of prestigious awards, including the British Children's Book of the Year and the Guardian Children's Fiction Award (for The Illustrated Mum), the Smarties Prize and the Children's Book Award (for Double Act, for which she was also highly commended for the Carnegie Medal). In 2002 Jacqueline was given an OBE for services to literacy in schools and in 2008 she was appointed a Dame. She was the author most borrowed from British libraries in the last decade. 'A brilliant writer of wit and subtlety' THE TIMES 'She should be prescribed for all cases of reading reluctance' INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY 'Has a rare gift for writing lightly and amusingly about emotional issues' BOOKSELLER
    Review quote
    "Fans will love it" The Bookseller "Jacqueline Wilson is second to none when it comes to writing heartwarming stories with feisty heroines. Diamond is the fourth of her Hetty Feather stories. It stars the irrepressible Diamond, a little girl born in 1883 to penniless parents. When Diamond's mum dies in childbirth she uses her talent as an acrobat to earn money for her family. But her feckless father is appalled and sells her to a cruel circus owner for five guineas." -- Emma Lee-Potter Daily Express "A master storyteller" The Good Book Guide
    Back cover copy
    LADIES AND GENTLEMEN! Mr Tanglefield’s Travelling Circus is proud to present the incredible the extraordinary the magical ~ DIAMOND ~ the Acrobatic Child Wonder! Pull back the curtain, enter the Big Top and discover her amazing story of heartbreak, danger, courage and friendship! Starring old acquaintances and new . . . ~ MADAME ADELINE ~ BEPPO THE CLOWN ~ MR MARVEL AND HIS MONKEYS ~ ~ THE SILVER BOYS ~ FLORA THE TIGHTROPE WALKER ~ ELIJAH THE ELEPHANT ~ With a very special guest: Hetty Feather performing as the one and only ~ EMERALD STAR ~
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    Diamond wasn’t always a star. Born to penniless parents who longed for a strong, healthy son, she was a dainty, delicate daughter - and a bitter disappointment. Discovering she has an extraordinary natural gift for acrobatics, Diamond tries to use her talent to earn a few pennies, but simply brings shame on her family. Then a mysterious, cruel-eyed stranger spots her performing on the street, and makes a deal with her father. Diamond is sold for five guineas, and is taken, alone and frightened, to become an acrobat at Tanglefield’s Travelling Circus. The crowds adore Diamond, but life behind the red velvet curtains is far from glamorous. Her master is wicked and greedy, forcing Diamond to attempt ever more daring and dangerous tricks, until she is terrified to step into the ring. But there are true friends to be found at the circus, too: the gentle Mister Marvel; the kindly Madame Adeline; and the glorious Emerald Star, Tanglefield’s brand-new ringmaster, and Diamond’s heroine. When life at the circus becomes too dangerous to bear any longer, what will the future hold for Diamond? And will her beloved Emerald be a part of it?