Sapphire Battersea (Hetty Feather) Paperback – 5 Jul 2012
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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
'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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She thoroughly enjoyed this one too and I have since purchased the the 3rd book in the triology, which is has yet to read as it's a present.
If your child has watched and enjoyed the TV series, there is a good chance they will enjoy reading this set of books also; and as a parent I am happy that it is advancing her reading skills too.
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.Read more ›
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The Hetty Feather series is brilliant and this is no exception. My 10 year old loves it.Published 20 days ago by J. Law
My daughter loves these books and is ploughing through them all. Really engaging readsPublished 2 months ago by sunset
Amazing storyline and beautiful story I love the hetty feather collection and can't wait to read the next book:emerald starPublished 2 months ago by Michelle Well
love this book intresting and sapphire gets to know more about her mother. a sad story it is amazing by Jacqueline wildon read to find outPublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer