Sapphire Battersea by Jacqueline Wilson

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Best-selling Jacqueline Wilson’s enchantingly feisty Victorian heroine Hetty Feather is back in a new adventure. How Hetty continues to fight to belong to her own ‘family’ and against the constraints of her life as a foundling and the limited opportunities it affords her as she goes into service is full of drama and emotion. Hetty will never be satisfied until she can fulfil all her dreams and ambitions in a Victorian world vividly brought to life. Click here for the first adventure.


Sapphire Battersea by Jacqueline Wilson

This is a fascinating, funny and moving Victorian-era novel featuring Hetty Feather. Hetty Feather is a Foundling Hospital girl and was given her name when she was left there as a baby by her mother. But she always longed to be called Sapphire, after her sapphire-blue eyes. When she is reunited with her mother, she hopes her new name, Sapphire Battersea, will also mean a new life! But life doesn't always go as planned...Follow the twists and turns of Hetty's adventure as she goes out to work as a maid for a wealthy man. She longs to be reunited with her childhood sweetheart Jem - but also finds a new sweetheart, Bertie the butcher's boy, who whisks her away from her household chores to experience the delights of the funfair! But Hetty's life may also take a darker path. Can she cope with the trials ahead?


"Hetty Feather is the most compelling tale Wilson has told." The Times

"Has a rare gift for writing lightly and amusingly about emotional issues." Bookseller"

About the Author

Jacqueline Wilson

Jacqueline Wilson was our Guest Editor in February 2012. Click here to see her selection of books.

Jacqueline Wilson was born in Bath in 1945, but spent most of her childhood in Kingston-on-Thames. She always wanted to be a writer and wrote her first ‘novel’ when she was nine, filling in countless Woolworths’ exercise books as she grew up. As a teenager she started work for a magazine publishing company and then went on to work as a journalist on Jackie magazine (which she was told was named after her!) before turning to writing novels full-time.

Jacqueline is one of the nation’s favourite authors, and her books are loved and cherished by young readers not only in the UK but all over the world. According to a recent Mori poll, Jacqueline was voted English children favourite children’s author. She has sold millions of books and in the UK alone the total stands at over 25 million!

In 2002 Jacqueline was awarded the OBE for services to literacy in schools and from 2005 to 2007 she was the Children’s Laureate. In 2008 she became Dame Jacqueline Wilson.

2011 saw the 20th Anniversary of her best known novel, The Story of Tracy Beaker,which is not only still hugely popular but has given life to two sequels and an award-winning TV series for CBBC.

Click here to download an interview with Jacqueline.

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416 pages
Interest Age: from 9 to 11


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Doubleday Children's Books an imprint of Random House Children's Publishers UK

Publication date

29th September 2011




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