From now on I’m doing book of the month and this month it is…………………. Hetty Feather by Jacqueline Wilson! I chose this book because it is quite possibly the best book I’ve ever read, and that’s quite a lot coming from me! Here is my review.
Hetty Feather is set in the Victorian era and Hetty lives in a Foundling Hospital, which is like a boarding school where children live if their parents have died or can’t keep them, until they are five years old they have to live with foster families, but anyway getting on with the story.
Hetty was sent to the foundling hospital when she was a baby and sent to live with her foster family. Although Hetty loves all of her foster family her absolute favourite is her older brother Jem. Jem and Hetty get up to all sorts of mischief like going to the circus (where Hetty thinks she finds her mother) when their not allowed or making secret dens. Jem promises Hetty that when their older he will come and rescue Hetty from the Foundling Hospital and they will get married.
When Hetty has to go back to the Foundling Hospital she has to get used to a whole different life. Hetty hasn’t got any friends apart from Harriet who is one of the older girls who’s about to go off to be a servant. Harriet looks after Hetty in her first weeks until she gets used to her new life.
When Hetty meets Polly they become best friends and do pretty much everything together, they even catch influenza together! Everything is going well until Polly gets fostered by a family. After that happens the only person Hetty has left is the kindly Kitchen Maid Ida.
When the Queen celebrates her Golden Jubilee all the Foundling Children go to the celebrations but Hetty runs away to the circus that she and Jem visited so many years ago. But when she gets to the circus does she find her mother? I cannot give away the end 🙂
A definite must read for all of you who haven’t read it before!