From the beloved children’s author of Hetty Feather, Tracy Beaker and Rose Rivers.
Opal Plumstead might be plain, but she has always been fiercely intelligent.
Yet her scholarship and dreams of university are snatched away when her father is sent to prison, and fourteen-year-old Opal must start work at the Fairy Glen sweet factory to support her family.
She struggles to get along with her other workers, who think she’s snobby and stuck up.
But Opal idolises Mrs Roberts, the factory’s beautiful, dignified owner. The best thing about Mrs Roberts?
She’s a suffragette!
Opal’s world is opened to Mrs Pankhurst, and the fight to give women the right to vote.
And when Opal meets Morgan, Mrs Roberts’ handsome son , and heir to Fairy Glen- she believes she’s found her soulmate.
But the First World War is about to begin, and will change Opal's life for ever.
A brilliantly gripping wartime story from the bestselling, award-winning Jacqueline Wilson.
Her ability to create interesting, lovable characters who navigate 9 to 12-year-olds through key moments in history is unmatched
Oh my goodness! Opal Plumstead is Jacqueline Wilson's 100th book! That's prolific, right? I first discovered her work when I read The Illustrated Mum. It made me laugh. It made me cry. And, more than anything else, it felt truthful. I've been a fan ever since. So I'm proud to be reviewing her centenary story . . . [Opal is] a fabulous central character - bright and sparky and an original thinker . . . You can't help but root for her as she beats her own path through a rapidly changing world with real heart and determination . . . Oh, and it reads like a breeze. Of course. What else would you expect?
Get your pens and paper ready - it's time to learn how to draw Victorian heroine Hetty Feather with illustrator Nick Sharratt.
Games & activities
In Hetty Feather’s Christmas, Hetty is entranced by the beautiful Christmas tree at the Rivers’ house. Why not have a go at creating some wonderful decorations for you own tree?