Hetty Feather

Jacky’s feisty Victorian heroine takes you back in time, from a foundling hospital to the circus ring. Be inspired. Love Tracy Beaker? Meet Hetty Feather – also stuck in a grotty children’s home. Abandoned as a tiny baby in 1876, Hetty has only ever known the foundling home’s tough rules and horrible food. When she’s sent to live in the country, things improve. She loves playing in the fields, and – best of all – the travelling circus. But just like Tracy Beaker, Hetty dreams of finding her real mum… Frilly but totally feisty: girls don’t come sassier than this plucky urchin of historical times.

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

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  • loved it

    I love this book because there are so many interesting parts in there. My favourite part is at the end when Hetty and the boy runoff to the cinemas although the carer said no. This shows that they have true love to each other and they are actually able to do things together. Hetty is a really clever and thoughtful girl who loves to try things she has never done before. On account of my review I give this book 5 stars.

    6 February 2021

  • loved it

    I loved this book because there were sad moments but most of the time they picked up like when Hetty got fostered and then they had to go back to the hospital that was sad but then Hetty has made some friends.

    21 April 2020

  • loved it

    this book is amazing the best story ever

    26 January 2017

  • liked it

    So, I have not actually read this book, but I am a big fan of the TV show on CBBC and I also saw the stage production. So yes, I would recommend this book to any 9 – 12 year old girl!

    5 November 2016

  • I LOVED it. It was really cool the way that when she was left in the foundling hospital that she was able to get into the boys part!

    20 July 2016

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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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