Reader Reviewed Clover Moon by Jacqueline Wilson

Clover Moon

Written by Jacqueline Wilson
Illustrated by Nick Sharratt

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The Lovereading4Kids comment

In a nutshell: gripping historical drama with an irresistible heroine | Clover Moon is a typical Jacqueline Wilson heroine: she’s bright, more than able to think for herself and stands up to the problems facing her with resilience, determination and an optimism that owes lots to her ability to imagine a better future. The problems facing Clover are particularly tough: she lives in Cripps Alley, a slum in Victorian London, her father is a drunkard and her step-mother far too handy with her fists, particularly when Clover is around. Young readers will be completely gripped by Clover’s story and follow her trials and tribulations breathlessly to the eventual happy ending. The setting is vividly described, and the supporting cast full of fascinating characters too. Few children’s writers have Wilson’s ability to write with such compassion, or with such understanding of her readership; it’s part of her skill that she makes it look easy. ~ Andrea Reece

Reader Reviews

Kids love to read and so in addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Lovereading4kids Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can read their full reviews by clicking here.

  • Georgie Docwra, age 11 - 'I rate this book 5 stars and whilst all of Jacqueline Wilson's books have all been brilliant and I am her biggest fan, this is the best Jacqueline Wilson book I've ever read!'
  • Bryher, age 11  - 'This book is like an eye catching gem, nice and shiny on the outside with the amazing raw material on the inside. The plot was great, really smooth and blended together really well. It is the Hetty Feather next generation.'
  • Ava Sorrell, age 10 - 'Clover Moon is a sad, touching and exciting story by the marvellous Jacqueline Wilson.'
  • Anya Fuller, age 9 - 'This is definitely going to be another of Jacqueline Wilson's bestsellers. I loved the character Clover Moon.'
  • Matilda Greenacre, age 10 - 'I love this book...If you like the Hetty Feather series you will definitely enjoy the tale of Clover Moon.'
  • Evie Aconley, age 9 - 'The book is set in Victorian times, I really enjoyed it although it can be a little sad at times. Her imagination is fun and interesting.'
  • Maddy Harries, age 9 - 'This story is so sad and moving but exciting at the same time. I couldn't put it down!'
  • Rosie, age 9 - 'Another brilliant book from Jacqueline Wilson.  I loved Clover.'
  • Emily Pitfield, age 11 - 'Clover Moon is a character you can fall in love with. Her determination and creative flair make for a great character and a well written story.'
  • Sadie Parker, age 11 - 'A thrilling story that really captures the life of a poor girl in Victorian Britain.'    
  • Elena Corsan, age 11 - 'Have fun with Clover Moon and all her funny friends, watch out for mean, old Mildred. This book was full of sad and happy moments, a real page turner. I couldn't put it down.'     
  • Jessica Cobbin, age 9 - 'Clover Moon is a really exciting book...I stayed up really late reading this book.  I started it at half past seven when I went to bed and next time I looked at the clock it was twenty past nine.'
  • Elspeth, age 12    - 'Clover Moon, is a tragic, exciting and interesting novel.  It is about Clover, a girl who wants to escape her past and see what future lies ahead of her.'


Clover Moon by Jacqueline Wilson

Clover Moon's imagination is her best escape from a life of hardship in poverty-stricken Victorian London. When tragedy plunges her into a world of grief, Clover realizes that everything she loved about the place she called home is gone. Clover hears of a place she could run to, but where will she find the courage - and the chance - to break free? And could leaving her family be just what she needs to find a place that really feels like home?

Introducing the brilliant and brave new heroine from the wonderful world of the bestselling and award-winning Jacqueline Wilson.

Clover Moon has also been reviewed by The Krib. See the video below and click on the video for more information.


Portrays the trials and tribulations of Victorian England vividly and with compassion ... Highly recommended The Bookbag

Clover is a brave, intelligent protagonist ... Her adventure out into the world is both funny and sad, ensuring it hooks readers right to the end Booktrust I rate this book 5 stars ... the best Jacqueline Wilson book I've ever read! -- Georgie, 11

This book is like an eye catching gem ... It is Hetty Feather for the next generation -- Bryher, 11

This is definitely going to be another of Jacqueline Wilson's bestsellers. I loved the character Clover Moon -- Anya, 11

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

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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Yearling (imprint of Random House Children's Books) an imprint of Random House Children's Publishers UK

Publication date

29th June 2017




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