Hetty Feather

In London, 1876, tiny baby Hetty Feather is abandoned at the Foundling Hospital. She is sent to live in the countryside with two foster-brothers, Jem and Gideon, helping in the fields and playing imaginary games. Together the three sneak off to the travelling circus, where Hetty is mesmerized by the show – especially by Madame Adeline and her performing horses! Hetty’s happiness is threatened when she is returned to the Foundling Hospital. The life of awful uniforms and horrid food is a real struggle. But now Hetty finally has the chance to track down her missing mother. Could she really be the wonderful Madame Adeline? Or will the truth be even more surprising?

A heart-tugging story of secrets and surprises from the blockbusting Jacqueline Wilson, introducing a feisty heroine who lives in historical times.

“The story gripped me completely.” Kate Kellaway, Guardian

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  • Absolutely love this book this is my favourite book out of all of the Jackie Moore is in books out of all of the books I read and out of all of the books I haven’t read I go to school and will book day every single year as Hetty feather because I absolutely love that book

    18 April 2017

  • loved it

    This is not Jackies best book, It is a heart warming story but it just didn’t grip me =[. I wanted to read it cos Hetty relates to me,she has a fiery temper and is a loyal person. I would recommend this book to people but it is not J.W’s best story

    26 August 2016

  • loved it

    i think it is the most touching story that just breaks your heart but if wish i was there at the time. I LOVE IT!!!

    29 July 2016

  • i loooooooooooooooove hetty

    20 June 2016

  • loved it

    This book is brilliant. This book it is full of emotions sometimes your sad sometimes your angry and sometimes your face is lit by a smile. This heart tugging book is full of secrets and lies.i have read the whole collection in a month simply because it was to good to put down. However the question that was whizzing in my mind will Hetty Feather ever get the freedom she wants?

    23 May 2015

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    Jacqueline Wilson

    Former Children’s Laureate Jacqueline Wilson is one of the UK’s best-known living children’s authors.


    Jacqueline has won loads of awards, including the prestigious Children’s Laureate 2005-2007, two British Book Awards Children’s Books of the Year for Girls in Tears and The Illustrated Mum, and the Guardian prize for The Illustrated Mum. In a poll to find the Nation’s Favourite Children’s Book Double Act was voted 10th and was the only contemporary title in the top ten.

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