Opal Plumstead

Waited ages for Jacky to do a World War One book? Result! Suffragettes, factory smoke, love and hope in a time of darkness. Even better than Hetty. A brand new gem of a story in trademark Jacky style. Fiercely smart but trapped in a factory. In love, but thwarted by war. Opal dreams of a scholarship to university. But when her dad is sent to prison, she has to start work at the Fairy Glen sweet factory instead. The other workers despise her. Yet Mrs Roberts, the factory’s elegant owner, introduces Opal to the legendary Mrs Pankhurst and her fellow Suffragettes. At last, Opal has an outlet for her wit and fire. Her joy seems complete when she meets her soulmate: Morgan, the handsome heir to Fairy Glen. But war is coming, and it will change everything…

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  • I loved it. I t was so cool the way it was wrote like it was from Opals point of view. I LOVED it but it was also very sad.

    20 July 2016

  • loved it

    Amazing, even my mum loved it :) Any ages between 9-13. My mum always compares Opal and Cassie to me and my eighteen yea old sister Chloe ;D

    11 February 2015

  • This book really brought out the best of Jacqueline Wilson. It shocked me with the sadness. Made me laugh, cry and I found that it was really fact-based and this was the first book I read on The Suffragettes!

    22 December 2014

  • loved it

    Such a good book! I would love to have Morgan as my sweetheart he seems so kind and caring! So much drama in this book but I loved it anyway! 😉

    26 October 2014

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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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