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Are you longing for Christmas? Can't wait to warm yourself by the fireplace, drinking hot cocoa and toasting marshmallows?

Hetty Feather's festive story is bound to get you in the Christmassy mood!

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An unexpected gift leads to trouble for Hetty on Christmas Day at the Foundling Hospital, and the dreaded Matron Bottomly is delighted to have an excuse to exclude Hetty from the festive celebrations.

Poor Hetty is distraught - but just when it seems that all is lost, a dear friend arrives to whisk her away for a Christmas unlike any other . . .

Full of friendship, fun and festive cheer, this beautifully-packaged hardback is complete with stunning illustrations by Nick Sharratt and fabulous bonus material featuring fun facts about the Victorian Christmas.

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This is Book 6 in the Hetty Feather Series. See all Hetty Feather books here.

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7th June '18
I read it myself (an adult)
Hetty Feather's Christmas 9780857535535
5 stars
Seeing old friends, meeting new children and seeing their antics as well as getting a lovely dinner for once, it's a Christmas to remember.

This was a sad then happier book for sure, highlighting what life for founding children would've been like for real and had kind government's looking out for them. Jacqueline has written a sweet story which shows friendship can be born between friends despite their situations.
17th November '17
I read it to Bob1 aged 8 aged 8
Hetty Feather's Christmas 9780857535535
5 stars
My daughter loves Hetty Feather on tv, but was yet to read a book version.  Well, within 3 minutes of receiving this book she was completely engrossed! Hetty is a wonderful character, who really comes alive through Jacqueline Wilson's writing.  It really impressed me how the story was engrossing enough to keep my daughter reading the book over the last few days, which makes it great value for money!  When I asked my daughter what she liked about the book it was 'Hetty - she's just like on tv.   Can I read enough book of Hetty ?' High praise indeed!  My daughter adored the fact it was Christmas based, and in turn I'd recommend it as a fab stocking present for a girl aged 9+.  
26th November '17
I read it to Amelia aged 9 aged 9
Hetty Feather's Christmas 9780857535535
5 stars
An absolutely fantastic festive book with one of my daughter’s favourite character Hetty Feather. After avidly watching her in her tv series my daughter couldn’t wait to read it. Hetty always seems to be in trouble but this time leads to a fantastic adventure. Great illustrations throughout the book a definite page turner. 
18th November '17
Esjay read it themselves aged 9 aged 9
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5 stars
Hetty Feather  cannot stay out of trouble with Matron Bottom for more tha 10 mins and this time it really wasn't her fault this time .  The festive season is doomed or is it? I can't say any more. This book is easy to read and quickly draws you into the story. I couldn't stop reading
,I have read a couple of other books in this series but enjoyed this one the best. I love the book cover, it is so festive and full of Christmas promise. I like history and found the facts of what a real Christmas would have been like for a child in Victoria times very interesting. 
20th August '18
Elliep123 read it themselves aged 11 aged 11
Hetty Feather's Christmas 9780857535535
5 stars
This book was amazing I loved the story it is definitely one of my favourite it was worth reading 
28th November '17
*Caitlin* read it themselves aged 9 aged 9
Hetty Feather's Christmas 9780857535535
5 stars
My daughter has spoken very highly of this book and says it’s one of her best ever. She’s 9 years old and read this book within 5 days well worth a read
23rd May '18
I read it myself (an adult) & to Sindy aged 10 aged 10
Hetty Feather's Christmas 9780857535535
5 stars
I have read all of Jacqueline Wilson's books so far and I won't let a little thing like growing up stop me continuing that age is just a number after all

I was pleasantly surprised to find that the whole of this book actually takes place on Christmas day, normally books with a Christmassy title just include a small part that is actually Christmas but this whole book is December 25th from very early hours of the morning up to bedtime

It's nice to read a book that has a new story but with characters that you already know, it gives you more of an insight in to their lives and I always feel like I can settle in to familiar surroundings as I start the first page

I would say that this would be suitable for a slightly younger audience than some of the authors other books, even others in this series, but wouldn't put a limit to the age range as I feel older children (or adults, like me) would take things from it that the younger readers wouldn't pick up on. I would put it at 7 or 8 onwards and think that it would make a great festive read, I will be buying a few copies for gifts next Christmas

I had to give this book 5 stars because I finished it in one go and have already decided to put it away with the Christmas decorations so that it is brought out next Christmas to read again
29th November '17
Jess10 read it themselves aged 10 aged 10
Hetty Feather's Christmas 9780857535535
5 stars
I couldn't wait to read the latest Jacqueline Wilson story about Hetty. Matron Bottomly is horrible to Hetty and makes her upset by leaving her out of the Christmas celebrations ::( but then something great happens for Hetty.  I loved this story and Hetty and can't wait to read the next one.
20th November '17
Chloe read it themselves aged 9 aged 9
Hetty Feather's Christmas 9780857535535
5 stars
This is the perfect gift for any Jaqueline Wilson fan. My 9 year old neice absolutely loved it and read it in one weekend! 
16th January '18
AmeliaJane read it themselves aged 9 aged 9
Hetty Feather's Christmas 9780857535535
5 stars
Amelia loved this book and read it in one evening! It was funny, festive and easy to read
20th November '17
MHBA read it themselves aged 10 aged 10
Hetty Feather's Christmas 9780857535535
5 stars
I read this as soon as it arrived. I couldn't put it down it was so good. I've told everyone at school about it
10th January '18
Pupil Librarians read it themselves aged 8 to 11
Hetty Feather's Christmas 9780857535535
5 stars
This book was reviewed by Eden, aged 17.
‘Hetty Feather’s Christmas’ by Jacqueline Wilson tells the tale of one of her most famous characters, a young foundling girl from the Victorian period, and a special Christmas they had when they were still in the care of the Foundling Hospital.

As with all novels concerning the character of Hetty Feather, the story was lively and fun, whilst subtly making the reader aware of the all-to-real problems that girls faced back in the aforementioned time period. Wilson, once again, brings Hetty to life; creating such a solidarity between both reader and character, that her actions spark an almost genuine reaction from yourself, as if she were a real person. The plot is mainly a singular tale, that doesn’t make references to other books in the series quite as those books themselves do. Other than the meeting with an old passing acquaintance, this book could almost be a stand-alone tale, that doesn’t require reading the series. 

Personally, my favourite part of the book was how Wilson so vividly described Miss Feather’s surroundings. One of the main elements of any of Jacqueline Wilson’s books is how she manages to help even the most unimaginative person picture the scene that she is describing- and she doesn’t fail to deliver in this quaint tale. Whether it be explaining the harsh conditions of the Foundling Hospital (which, to extent, makes you wince and long for the children held there), or the wondrous backdrop of the outside world, Wilson uses many literary devices to intricately weave together every last detail to complete the scenery. Overall, the book is written in classic Wilson style- mature but still catering to children and their vivid imaginations.
 
Though not necessarily ‘gripping’ as such in terms of drama, the book does seem to draw you in and the reader finds themselves wanting to read on to learn not only the resolve, but perhaps even more of the historical background that is incorporated throughout. Of course, this is to be expected, as the book is set within the Victorian time period, but Wilson doesn’t really embellish the factual aspects of the time, and tells it how it is- whether it be beautiful, or dark. This is something I admire about Wilson, as those who read her novels are unconsciously learning something whilst absorbing the story- making not only this book, but all of her historical stories, a good fit for those who enjoy history, or those who are trying to encourage others to take an interest. 

There aren’t many downsides to this story. If I were to nit-pick anything about the story, I would say that I wish the ending wasn’t so rushed. It seems that once the main focus of the story is over, Wilson is trying to rapidly end the book, noticeably speeding up the pace. She could perhaps have taken it slightly slower here- but that truly is my only complaint, the rest of the story is classic Jacqueline Wilson.

Overall, ‘Hetty Feather’s Christmas’ is a good read- perfect for younger readers as it isn’t necessarily as heart-breaking as Wilson’s other novels, but is still intriguing; and suitable for older readers who grew up reading these books. I would highly recommend this book. 
2nd January '18
Baby Girl read it themselves aged 10 aged 10
Hetty Feather's Christmas 9780857535535
5 stars
A lovely addition to the Hetty Feather collection and my daughter thoroughly enjoyed reading it. 
24th November '17
Belllboo read it themselves aged 10 aged 10
Hetty Feather's Christmas 9780857535535
5 stars
I love this book.  I love history, Hetty Feather a different Christmas so this story was a fantastic one for me to read. I've read the other books so it was great to go back to the foundling hospital. 

The story was great and the quiz and activity bit at the back was brilliant too.  I have tested my mum and my teacher so far OK the Christmas quiz. 
7th October '18
Mehwish read it themselves aged 7 aged 7
Hetty Feather's Christmas 9780857535535
5 stars
I like this book as it tackles a lot of the issues and its fun and exciting book.
5th December '17
Elliep123 read it themselves aged 10 aged 10
Hetty Feather's Christmas 9780857535535
5 stars
I loved this story, the characters really came to life in my head. Would really recommend this book, it will definitely be sitting on my favourites shelf.
25th November '17
I read it myself (an adult)
Hetty Feather's Christmas 9780857535535
5 stars
This book presents a familiar character to children in an easy to read format. This is a very accessible read and Jaqueline Wilson at her best.
7th May '18
beajammygirl read it themselves aged 11 aged 11
Hetty Feather's Christmas 9780857535535
4 stars
Hetty feathers Christmas is one of many of the Hetty feather books done by Jacqueline Wilson. It is an amazing story of a young early teen aged girl who was put in a foundling hospital at a young age, and without spoling anything i would say she can be quite cheeky at times. 
This book is a really intriguing page turner with many surprises on the next page. i could sit down for hours on end and read it if i wanted. 

if i was asked to rate this book as you can see i chose 9 out of 10 or as preferred 4 out of 5. only 1 rating away from perfect because at some points i didn't really know is Hetty (the main character) was dreaming in her wide imagination or if it was happening in real time.

Overall, i think this is a great book to read for anyone from age 8 to maybe 16 but i am not saying you can not read it if you are not in that age range.

thanks for reading my book review !!!
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