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  • Hardcover: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Doubleday Childrens (9 Oct. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0857531093
  • ISBN-13: 978-0857531094
  • Product Dimensions: 16 x 4.4 x 22.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (313 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 46,139 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Her ability to create interesting, lovable characters who navigate 9 to 12-year-olds through key moments in history is unmatched" The Times "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?" -- Jill Murphy The Bookbag --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

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'A brilliant writer of wit and subtlety.' (The Times)

'She should be prescribed for all cases of reading reluctance.' (The Independent on Sunday)

'Has a rare gift for writing lightly and amusingly about emotional issues.' (The Bookseller)

'This wonderful new wartime story will be published to coincide with the one hundred year anniversary of the start of the First World War. And like one of Roald Dahl's most timeless and beloved novels, much of the action takes place at a sweet factory!' (Amazon) --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

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If i could, i would give this book 5000 stars. This is a lovely book and i really enjoyed reading it. I absoloutly love Jaqueline Wilsons books, so much year 5 teacher banned me from them because thats all i would ever read.

We are doing a competition at school to write about somebody who inspires you, and I'm writing mine about Jaqueline Wilson because i love her so much!
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Opal plumstead. Well what can I say, this book has got romance, suspence and tragity. Wilson totally pulls you in to her 100th book it starts of with a ordinary girl but then her life spins around and she has to go work in a sweet factory!!!
The way Jaqueline pulls us into the book amazes me I was enthralled by it! In this book the author ( Jacqueline Wilson) describes the sweets so well it made my mouth water, I felt like I could a ctully taste them!
By my self I'd recomened this book for ages 9-11 I would without a dout give this book 10/10
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I have always loved Jacqueline's books and just as I thought the era had come to an end, she wrote Opal Plumstead.
I'm not going to lie to you and say that this is a 'happily ever after story' because it's not. Opal's tale is of harsh and awful events such as her father going to prison; her sister with her fancied carrier of urrr……… yeah………; her cancelled scholarship and many others that brought tears to my eyes.

Opal is a very likeable character, she is fierce but clever and gentle at the same time. When things go wrong, Opal can go up in flames (especially at sweet factory fairy glenn)

All in all, I loved this book soooooo much and would recommend it tl children over the age of ten and even adults!!!

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This is a sad and affecting book - maybe even a bit too sad before the WWI part even begins. It made me cry on the beach (I am in my mid-30s). But I was surprised to find it in the confident readers section of the library - I feel it should bbeing older readers/young teens like Kiss and some of Wilson's other books. My 7 year old likes her books but she is not yet ready for this content (reference to boyfriends trying it on with girls, getting them pregnant, the sister posing nude for a much older, married man whom she ends up living with, plus the WWI part which I actually objected to less for that age group). I think the fact the sister has this relationship which starts out very dubiously in terms of the power and responsibility in their relationship is not something I think a younger reader is ready for.
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Really good beginning, great plot!
It's also very long, so you won't finish it in one reading
(like I do sometimes!)
some dramatic parts too, a real treat for JW fans and
historical novel readers.( Set in Edwardian era going into WW1 - ironic seeing
as this year is the centenary of the year WW1 began.)
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Epic, my mum got this as I birthday preside for she pre-ordered it on September 1st and it came on the 9th October. I have just finished reading it, it is about a girl who works in a sweet factory with her best friend Olivia it is set in the Edwardian Times Opal is a girl who's dad is in prison and a sister called cassie (who she is jealous of.) I would recommend it for kids over 12
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It's about a girl who's father goes of to jail and she's 15 years old and have to work this was set just before ww 2 or ww 1 the ending is a bit sad (although she gets to go to forfill her dreams of becoming an artist
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I was conflicted by this book. On the plus side the characters are so well drawn they simply leap off the page, especially Opal herself with all her flaws. Reading it with my daughter gave us much to talk about (I'm glad we read it together as there is some "older" content she would not have been ready for alone). I found the portrayal of the era tremendously interesting and felt completely immersed in their world. And yet I was dissatisfied by the plot. I would have liked to see the more courageous characters get their reward and the sillier characters (Cassie) their come-uppance. And while I admire the author for her formula-busting plotting, I do feel she had a duty to convey how irresponsible Cassie was being with regard to her own safety, and I would have liked Opal to have finally understood and empathised with her long-suffering mother rather than simply idolising her father.
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