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Secret Suffragette

Written by Barbara Mitchelhill

Family / Home Stories Featured Books for 11+ readers Featured Books for 9+ readers Historical Fiction

LoveReading View on Secret Suffragette

June 2019 Book of the Month, A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month June 2019

The opportunities the suffragette movement offered for bright girls like Daisy, the twelve year old star of this exciting and award-winning story, is brilliantly capture in a book that is full of bustle and energy and danger. Growing up in cramped conditions in the East End of London Daisy’s life is hard. When she’s not at school where she is always in trouble for being too smart, she helps her mum with her younger sister and baby twin brothers. But Daisy has always had dreams of a brighter future: she knows that when she grows up she wants to become a nurse like the great Florence Nightingale. But Daisy is watching her own mother have little chance of doing what she really wants so what chance will she have since she is just a girl? When Daisy meets the suffragettes everything changes. It is scary to think what she would have to give up but Daisy is prepared to do anything to enjoy the new kind of freedom they are offering. Barbara Mitchelhill is skilfully at bringing this important and fascinating moment to life.

Julia Eccleshare M.B.E

Other Info

Julia Eccleshare's Picks for June 2019:

The Adventures of Harry Stevenson by Ali Pye

Secret Suffragette by Barbara Mitchelhill

Duck and Penguin are Not Friends by Julia Woolf

Cyril and Pat by Emily Gravett

Where's Mr Astronaut? by Ingela P Arrhenius 


Secret Suffragette Synopsis

Daisy's hero is Florence Nightingale, and she hopes to one day become a nurse just like her. But as a girl growing up in the East End of London in 1912, it seems like all her future holds is dropping out of school to work a tough job in a factory for very little money. Then Daisy meets the suffragettes, who are fighting for the rights of women and the poor. They show her that she might be able to achieve her dreams after all. But being a suffragette is dangerous, and Daisy must risk getting in trouble with her dad, neighbours and even the police if she wants to do her bit.

Perfect for fans of Opal Plumstead and Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls.

Secret Suffragette Reader Reviews

In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can click here to read the full reviews.

This book is a blend of history and fun fiction which is really enjoyable. Full review

Seren Daly (Age 12)

A 5/5 book, my favourite character was Sylvia Pankhurst because, even after being in jail and ill from it, she still spoke at a suffragette event. I love Secret Suffragette!!!! Full review

Mira Ruby Lalji (Age 9)

My favourite part of the book was when Daisy went up the monument to commemorate the Great Fire of London, to throw flyers from the top. Full review

Raspberry Yow-Fairs (Age 11)

This is the kind of book that you remember forever, that inspires you to follow your dreams, to be brave and caring, and to stand for what’s right! Full review

Anya Fuller (Age 12)

Secret suffragette was a heart warming story about a girl called Daisy whose dream is to be a nurse like her heroine Florence Nightingale. Will she succeed in her dreams or will she fail? I highly recommend for to read it. Full review

Darya Abdian (Age 10)

Life is hard for a girl like Daisy, but the suffragette cause might offer her a better future. Skilful writing and colourful characters make this a compelling, enjoyable read. Full review

Sue Wilsher

This story is BRILLIANT. Full review


Secret Suffragette Press Reviews

Praise for Road to London;

“The best history lesson you could imagine! You feel as though
you are really there: inhaling the smells, listening to the noise and
clatter of the time and meeting the characters - good and bad.”
- We Love This Book

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ISBN: 9781783448333
Publication date: 06/06/2019
Publisher: Andersen Press Ltd
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781783448333
Publication date: 6th June 2019
Author: Barbara Mitchelhill
Publisher: Andersen Press Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 256 pages
Suitable for: 11+ readers, 9+ readers
Genres: Family / Home Stories, Historical Fiction
Recommendations: Reviewed by Children

About Barbara Mitchelhill

Barbara Mitchelhill was born in Rochdale and trained as a teacher. While she was teaching, she began writing for BBC children's TV and went on to write for educational publishers, before writing novels for children. She makes school visits all over the country, and enjoys appearing at literary festivals and talking to teachers and librarians, some as far away as the Caribbean. Her hobbies include reading, theatre, music, gardening and walking her border terrier, Ella. She lives in Staffordshire and has two grown-up daughters and four grandchildren.  

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