Hetty Feather

Hetty Feather

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By (author) Jacqueline Wilson

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  • Publisher: Yearling (imprint of Random House Children's Books)
  • Format: Paperback | 432 pages
  • Dimensions: 128mm x 196mm x 30mm | 300g
  • Publication date: 4 October 2010
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0440868351
  • ISBN 13: 9780440868354
  • Illustrations note: B+W chapter heads t/o
  • Sales rank: 5,342

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London, 1876. Hetty Feather is just a tiny baby when her mother leaves her at the Foundling Hospital. The Hospital cares for abandoned children - but Hetty must first live with a foster family until she is big enough to go to school. Life in the countryside is sometimes hard, but with her foster brothers, Jem and Gideon, Hetty helps in the fields and plays vivid imaginary games. Together they sneak off to visit the travelling circus, and Hetty is mesmerised by the show - especially the stunning Madame Adeline and her performing horses. But Hetty's happiness is threatened once more when she must return to the Foundling Hospital to begin her education. The new life of awful uniforms and terrible food is a struggle for her, and she desperately misses her beloved Jem. But now she has the chance to find her real mother. Could she really be the wonderful Madame Adeline? Or will Hetty find the truth is even more surprising? Jacqueline Wilson will surprise and delight old fans and new with this utterly original historical novel. Featuring a brand-new feisty Victorian heroine, Hetty Feather, this is a compelling, moving, funny and totally fascinating Tracy Beaker-esque tale that will thrill and captivate readers.

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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.

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"Hetty Feather is the most compelling tale Wilson has told" -- Amanda Craig The Times "Simply the best. Truly brilliant" Sun "Jacqueline Wilson has written another amazing book. If you love Tracy Beaker then you'll certainly enjoy this too" CBBC News "This was the first Wilson novel I'd read, so I was unsure what to expect. What I found was wonderful: a spell-binding and meaningful story about a girl's search for her mother" -- Laura Dobbie Waterstones.com "Utterly original ... it's the perfect gift for girls of eight and older" WHSmith.co.uk