Hetty Feather (2009)
Sapphire Battersea (2011)
Emerald star (2012)
All by Jacqueline Wilson and published by Random House Children’s Books, UK.
Book 1 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 mesmerised by the show – especially by Madame Adeline and her performing horses! Hetty’s happiness takes a knock when she is sent back to the Foundling Hospital, with its awful uniforms and terrible food. All the same, now she 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. (Source: Scholastic Bookclub UK)
Book 2 Sapphire Battersea:
Hetty Feather is a Foundling Hospital girl and was given her name when she was left there as a baby. When she is reunited with her mother, she hopes her beautiful new name, Sapphire Battersea, will also mean a new life! But things don’t always go as planned…
Follow the twists and turns of Hetty’s adventure as she goes out to work as a maid for a wealthy man. She longs to be reunited with her childhood sweetheart Jem – but also finds a new sweetheart, Bertie the butcher’s boy, who whisks her away from her chores to experience the delights of the funfair! (Source: Google books).
But Hetty’s life may also take a darker path. Can she cope with the trials ahead?
Book 3 Emerald Star:
Since leaving the Foundling Hospital, Hetty has seen her fair share of drama, excitement, tragedy and loss. Hetty sets off to find a real home at last – starting with the search for her father.
But Hetty is no longer a simple country girl, and begins to fear she’ll never truly belong anywhere. And even when she is reunited with her beloved childhood sweetheart Jem, Hetty still longs for adventure – especially when an enchanting figure from her past makes an unexpected reappearance. Could a more exciting future lie ahead for Hetty? (Source Google Books)
What do I think about these books?:
Jacqueline Wilson titles are very popular with girls of all ages in our library, but believing that a lot her books were about dysfunctional families and relationships I hadn’t really explored them. As I received Sapphire Battersea here at home during the holidays I decided to try it. After reading the first chapter I was hooked – what a great story! It didn’t seem to matter that I hadn’t read the first book.
The first book “Hetty Feather” has been ordered and is on it’s way to me and I will buy Emerald Star once the slightly smaller size paperback is available. These are a fantastic read for year 5/6/7/8 girls and they are similar to the popular “my story” series from Scholastic, but with more personality and life. These are great stories about growing up and being independent but in an interesting historical context. There are lots of bitter sweet moments about friendship, love and loss. Hetty meets some interesting characters along the way and her ability to empathize with all of these people, is delightful.