Opal Plumstead

Even better than Hetty! Trademark Jacky set in London just before the First World War. Meet your new heroine: Opal Plumstead. Plain but fiercely smart, she dreams of winning a university scholarship. But when her dad is sent to prison, she’s forced to start work at the Fairy Glen sweet factory instead. The other workers despise her. (Too brainy.) But Mrs Roberts, the factory’s elegant owner, introduces Opal to the famous Mrs Pankhurst and her Suffragettes. And then Opal meets her soulmate – Morgan, the handsome heir to Fairy Glen. But will her joy be thwarted by war?

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  • loved it

    Amazingly good however some bits are sad but some are happy as well. It is quite long but is a truly amazing book as I have already said. I highly recommend this book, especially to Jacqueline Wilson fans like me!!! Read this book.📚

    16 April 2016

  • liked it

    it was a very good book and i did not want to put it down although it is quiet long but it is worth reading. Some bits are sad and some are happy. it can be confusing as well. but i still would give it at least four stars

    7 April 2015

  • loved it

    I loved this book! It was funny and heartbreaking!

    23 February 2015

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    Jacqueline Wilson

    Former Children’s Laureate Jacqueline Wilson is one of the UK’s best-known living children’s authors.


    Jacqueline has won loads of awards, including the prestigious Children’s Laureate 2005-2007, two British Book Awards Children’s Books of the Year for Girls in Tears and The Illustrated Mum, and the Guardian prize for The Illustrated Mum. In a poll to find the Nation’s Favourite Children’s Book Double Act was voted 10th and was the only contemporary title in the top ten.

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    Nick Sharratt

    Nick Sharratt is one of the country’s favourite illustrators, with over 100 books to his name.


    Nick has won numerous awards for his picture books, including the Sheffield Children’s Book Award for A Cheese and Tomato Spider and the Nottingham Children’s Book Award for Elephant Wellyphant.

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