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London, 1876. Hetty Feather is a tiny, fiery-haired baby when her mother leaves her on the steps of the Foundling Hospital.

Sent to live with a foster family in the country until she is big enough to go to school, Hetty plays vivid imaginary games with her foster brothers. Together they sneak off to visit the travelling circus, and Hetty is mesmerised by the show - especially the stunning Madame Adeline and her performing horses.

But Hetty's happiness is threatened when she must return to the Foundling Hospital to begin her education. The cruel matrons' strict regime is a terrible struggle for Hetty, and she desperately misses her beloved foster brother, Jem. But now she has the chance to find her real mother. Could she really be Madame Adeline? Or will the truth be even more surprising?

An original, compelling and utterly fascinating tale from one of the most beloved writers of our time, and now a major CBBC series.

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15th May '19
zainab's read it themselves aged 11 aged 11
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5 stars
When will Hetty find her mother?
This story is about Hetty, an abandoned child, on a quest to find her mother after she was left at the Foundling Hospital, as a baby.You can read all about Hetty and her hardships.I think it's a great book for older readers - as it's little bit sad - and history lovers as it's set in Victorian times.At the end there's a sneak peak of the next book which I'm looking forward to reading next!!!
11th February '16
I read it myself aged 7 aged 7
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5 stars
I like the book because Hetty Feather was determined and had most of the same personalities as I do.  The baddies, Matron Pigface Bottomley (that is her nickname) and Sheila, are not very clever because they are mostly the ones getting into trouble instead of Hetty Feather.
It surprised me because I did not expect adults to lock children up in attics even though it wasn't her.
13th March '17
Giggle read it themselves aged 9 aged 9
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5 stars
This book deserves 1000 stars and I would do that if I could!    The book is set in the victorian times so locking children up in an attic wasn't thought of as 'bad'. My favourite part of the story is at the very start when she is picturing her mother and then when she is talking to her basket brother. The worst characters in the book are Matron pigface bottomry (a nickname the foundlings made up)  The book is quite different to the series but they are both really good all the same. I like that Hetty is a founding girl who started life on a lovely farm with her dearest half-brother Jem. I like all of the adventurous things that happen to Hetty and of course I cant wait till the new episodes come out. The book is really sweet and also sad in some parts so I would recommend to ages 9 plus.
5th December '18
Mehwish read it themselves aged 7 aged 7
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5 stars
Really enjoyed this book.

Main character hetty is one feisty girl who will stop at nothing to make sure she get what she wants done.
It is written so well and i like all the dramatic parts in it and it can get a bit sad when they punished. 
16th February '19
ManCityGirl read it themselves aged 9 aged 9
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5 stars
This book was brilliant but it took along time to get going; once it got going it was great. Hetty feather is very adventurous and is always wanting to see her mum but she will never get to see her. However, when see finds out that her mum has been there all along everything changes. I think the ideal age for this book is 8 — 12.
13th February '16
I read it myself (an adult) & to ninska aged 7 aged 7
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4 stars
This is the first Jacqueline Wilson I've done and I'm impressed.  The basic thing is that she writes really well, barely puts a foot wrong.  Ninska related closely to Hetty and all the characters and environments created in the book are utterly believable.
I understand that young lives struck by misfortune and poverty is Jacqueline Wilson's stock in trade.  In someone else's hand it could be maudlin but not here.
I found the passage where Hetty is being returned to the foundling hospital heart rending, almost unbearably sad.  I'm looking forward to reading more of her books, though I will go for some light relief in between.
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