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Opal Plumstead

Written by Jacqueline Wilson

Illustrated by Nick Sharratt

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LoveReading View on Opal Plumstead

Best-selling Jacqueline Wilson’s 100th book is a cracking story set just before the First World War with one of Wilson’s feistiest girls yet at its heart. Opal Plumstead is a clever, bookish girl with a Scholarship place at a posh girl’s school. When her father commits a very foolish crime (to cover his disappointment at having his book rejected by a publisher) he is sent to prison and Opal’s life is turned upside down. Now she must work at the Fairy Glen sweet factory rather than study. The future looks bleak but in fact it is the beginning of a new chapter for Opal. Meeting Emmeline Pankhurst and the suffragettes shows her the new opportunities for women that are on the horizon. And she falls in love…When everything is thrown into turmoil by the war, Opal has her share of grief but finds there are new horizons waiting for her afterwards.

Opal Plumstead Synopsis

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!

Opal Plumstead might be plain, but she has always been fiercely intelligent. Yet her scholarship and dreams of university are snatched away when her father is sent to prison, and fourteen-year-old Opal must start work at the Fairy Glen sweet factory to support her family. Opal struggles to get along with the other workers, who think her snobby and stuck-up. But Opal idolises Mrs Roberts, the factory's beautiful, dignified owner, who introduces Opal to the legendary Mrs Pankhurst and her fellow Suffragettes. And when Opal meets Morgan - Mrs Roberts' handsome son, and the heir to Fairy Glen - she believes she has found her soulmate. But the First World War is about to begin, and will change Opal's life for ever.

The Good Book Guide Review

Young schoolgirl Opal suddenly finds herself in changed circumstances, and has to leave school to work in a sweet factory. There she discovers both the suffragette movement and first love. Opal is an outspoken heroine, and the story brings the period just before World War I to life. (Ages 8–11)

Opal Plumstead Press Reviews

A brilliant writer of wit and subtlety. --  The Times

She should be prescribed for all cases of reading reluctance. -- Independent on Sunday

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




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All versions of this book

ISBN: 9780552574013
Publication date: 04/06/2015
Publisher: Corgi Childrens an imprint of Random House Children's Publishers UK
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9780857531094
Publication date: 09/10/2014
Publisher: Doubleday Children's Books an imprint of Random House Children's Publishers UK
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780857531094
Publication date: 9th October 2014
Author: Jacqueline Wilson
Illustrator: Nick Sharratt
Publisher: Doubleday Children's Books an imprint of Random House Children's Publishers UK
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 528 pages
Suitable for: 11+ readers, 9+ readers
Recommendations: eBooks

About Jacqueline Wilson

Jacqueline Wilson wrote her first novel when she was nine years old, and she has been writing ever since. She is now one of Britain’s bestselling and most beloved children’s authors. She has written over 100 books and is the creator of characters such as Tracy Beaker and Hetty Feather. More than forty million copies of her books have been sold. As well as winning many awards for her books, including the Children’s Book of the Year, Jacqueline is a former Children’s Laureate, and in 2008 she was appointed a Dame. Jacqueline is also ...

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