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  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Yearling (5 July 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0440869277
  • ISBN-13: 978-0440869276
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.7 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (297 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 596 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jacqueline Wilson is an extremely well-known and hugely popular author. The Illustrated Mum was chosen as British Children's Book of the Year in 1999 and was winner of the Guardian Children's Fiction Award 2000. Jacqueline has won the prestigious Smarties Prize and the Children's Book Award for Double Act, which was also highly commended for the Carnegie Medal. In June 2002 Jacqueline was given an OBE for services to literacy in schools and in 2008 she was made a Dame.

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"Hetty Feather is the most compelling tale Wilson has told... [Wilson is] a brilliant writer of wit and subtlety."--The Times

"Hugely popular with seven to ten year olds: she should be prescribed for all cases of reading reluctance."--Independent on Sunday

"[Wilson] has a rare gift for writing lightly and amusingly about emotional issues."--Bookseller

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'Hugely popular with seven to ten year olds: she should be prescribed for all cases of reading reluctance.' (The Independent on Sunday)

'[Wilson] has a rare gift for writing lightly and amusingly about emotional issues.' (The Bookseller) --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful By A 13 year olds view. on 6 Oct. 2011
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This book, shows how Hetty (Sapphire) can be sad, angry, happy and excited. I thought that parts of the book was really sad, which I didn't really expect. If you wanted to buy this, but haven't read Hetty Feather, I don't really think it matters, as it describes bits of her past etc. I thought that the book was just the right lenght. Compared to some of the other reviews, I don't mind waiting for the third book, as I think it will be worth the wait. I loved Hetty Feather and I love this. Even if you aren't an avid Jacqueline Wilson fan, like I am you should still love and enjoy this book. Overall this was a great read, and I would recommend it to about 9-13 year olds.Can't wait for the next one!! :)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By O E J TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 28 April 2013
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Hetty Feather was just a baby when her mother left her at the Foundling Hospital. Hetty longed to find her real mum - and finally her wish was granted. But just as they have found each other, they are separated again, as Hetty leaves the home to become a maid of all work to writer Mr Buchanan. Set in London in the 1870s, this sequel to Hetty Feather is a wonderfully evocative and original historical novel aimed at girls of about 8 years old and higher.

My 10 year old daughter said "Hetty's on a long journey meeting many people both good and bad. After being separated from her mother, Hetty leaves the Foundling Hospital to work as a servant for a writer. Unfortunately Hetty has a flaming temper to match her fiery red hair and soon finds herself out of work. She meets a cheerful boy called Bertie who works in a butcher's shop and they become good friends. Hetty tries to find work near the seaside in order to try to find her mother again.

"I liked listening to this, my first ever Audio CD, but I have to say I still prefer reading books the normal way. Finty Williams reads with strong expressions for appropriate characters and she kept me drawn into the storyline at all times. I've read many Jacqueline Wilson books and this is one of the best for me. It's quite important to read (or listen to) the first novel Hetty Feather before Sapphire Battersea, because in this sequel there are many references to people and events in the previous story.

"But it's an excellent audio CD which I am sure all Jacqueline Wilson fans will enjoy as much as I did."
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ms. R. L. A. Amelan VINE VOICE on 1 Jan. 2012
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What an interesting children's book. It is not at all like the kind of literature I read when I was in Jackie Wilson's target audience, which is more years ago than I care to remember.

I knew that she was an extremely popular author but I also understood that she was someone who wrote about quite "pertinent" topics which rather made me gasp. Not at all like C.S. Lewis or Enid Blyton. I was therefore interested in what this CD reading might yield.

Sapphire Battersea is the second of a trilogy concerning Hetty Feather, a foundling girl who grows up in large orphanage at the turn of the century. In it, Jackie Wilson wraps nothing up and has clearly done her research. She makes it perfectly clear how certain people viewed children born out of wedlock and that Hetty would be destined for a life of service where she would have few rights and be treated and considered in the same way as we might regard a washing machine. If she protested, then she would be considered ungrateful.

Hetty's mother appears in the book. Firstly, she is found secretly working at the foundling hospital and she returns later on also. Hetty manages to make her way through the deprivations her upbringing to enter service under the watchful eye of Mrs. Brisket who works for Mr. Buchanan, a nasty monkey-like man whom I personally hated! During her time there, she acquires a sweetheart in the shape of the butcher's boy and also ends up attending a séance! I thought that the latter made unusual material for a children's story but it was dealt with well and such things were a part of Edwardian life.

The tale continues at a considerable pace and there is an excellent portrayal of life at the time.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca on 27 Jan. 2013
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Bought this for my daughter who is a big fan of Jaccqueline Wilson along with the other 2 books in the set. She loves them has read them over and over,brilliant!!
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Booklover on 11 Oct. 2011
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I really liked the first Hetty Feather book so I just HAD to buy this, and let's just say I defo didn't waste my money! This book is amazing! The storyline is very well written and the cover is beautiful! The only thing is when you take of the amazingly decorated dust cover there is a rather dull cover underneath, no pictures or anything , but that is seriously the only flaw. The story had me hooked, I finished it in a day, despite the fact that it's a fairly big book. If you like Jacqueline Wilson etc, I reccomend you buy this phenominal book!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Best Crime Books TOP 500 REVIEWER on 23 May 2012
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My niece loves the Jaqueline WIlson books and this was one she hadn't read. When she realised it was an audiobook I can honestlys ay I dont think she was that impressed. However, when she realised that I could download it onto my MP3 player and she could 'borrow' it, she was more than happy. I realised after around 20 minutes I hadn't heard a peep out of her and when I tried to get her attention I was duly ignored! I took this as a good sign and thought no more of it. Having never listened to an audio story on a book I started listening out of curiosity once my niece had finished. What I didn't realise is that I would get caught up in this tale of Sapphire Battersea. The story itself is lovely and although not always what you expect as there are highs as well as lows, it truly captures the imagination. WHen I sat down and talked it over with my neice, we both agreed that we will look forward and buy the final part in the trilogy. Whether being listened to as an audio book or read, this was a great read/listen and I would reccommend. I ended up enjoying it myself as did my neice.
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