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In London, 1876, tiny baby Hetty Feather is abandoned at the Foundling Hospital. She is sent to live in the countryside with two foster-brothers, Jem and Gideon, helping in the fields and playing imaginary games. Together the three sneak off to the travelling circus, where Hetty is mesmerised by the show – especially by Madame Adeline and her performing horses! But Hetty’s happiness is threatened once more when she is returned to the Foundling Hospital. The new life of awful uniforms and terrible food is a real struggle. But now Hetty finally has the chance to track down her missing mother. Could she really be the wonderful Madame Adeline? Or will the truth be even more surprising? A heart-tugging story of secrets and surprises from blockbuster author Jacqueline Wilson, introducing a feisty new heroine who lives in historical times.

“The story gripped me completely” Kate Kellaway, Guardian

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AR book level: 5.1; Middle years; 13.0 points

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  • 392 pages




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  1. charlotte age 10
    on 7 February 2012

    awsome book

    i loved this book its so intersing and cool i cant wait to read saphire battersea its the 2nd seires of hetty feather

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  1. Carrot80
    on 18 April 2017

    Absolutely love this book this is my favourite book out of all of the Jackie Moore is in books out of all of the books I read and out of all of the books I haven’t read I go to school and will book day every single year as Hetty feather because I absolutely love that book

  2. LillyPilly141
    on 26 August 2016

    This is not Jackies best book, It is a heart warming story but it just didn’t grip me =[. I wanted to read it cos Hetty relates to me,she has a fiery temper and is a loyal person. I would recommend this book to people but it is not J.W’s best story

    5out of 5
  3. zhang7630
    on 29 July 2016

    i think it is the most touching story that just breaks your heart but if wish i was there at the time. I LOVE IT!!!

    5out of 5
  4. hetty-feather98
    on 20 June 2016

    i loooooooooooooooove hetty

  5. Isra
    on 23 May 2015

    This book is brilliant. This book it is full of emotions sometimes your sad sometimes your angry and sometimes your face is lit by a smile. This heart tugging book is full of secrets and lies.i have read the whole collection in a month simply because it was to good to put down. However the question that was whizzing in my mind will Hetty Feather ever get the freedom she wants?

    5out of 5
  6. tina53
    on 30 October 2014

    I think this book is interesting because Hetty Feather is a naughty and brave girl even though she can’t stand the foundling hospital she still is brave.

    5out of 5
  7. 2005olivia2
    on 9 September 2014

    An awesome book this is the only book I have read from the trilogy. But it truly is surprising when she finds out that ….......... Is her mother. (I don’t want to spoil it for people who haven’t read it or are still reading it.) a book full of adventure,wonder and misery. Pls. Don’t forget to see my page!!!

    5out of 5
  8. Sportsgal
    on 21 June 2014

    I’ve read Sapphire Battersea and Emerald Star and know I’ve read Hetty Feather! It is a amazing book! Jacky’s best story ever. It shows the harsh reality of foundling girls with a mix of adventure/fantasy. Hetty is such wonderful character. I hope she meets Bertie again. My favorite out of the triolgy is probably Sapphire Battersea.

    5out of 5
  9. pink-lemonade-cupcake
    on 2 June 2014

    no matter what type of books you like, you have got to read this book! absolutely amazing. sad happy exciting gripping- all that kinda stuff but most of all- AMAZING

    5out of 5
  10. denns06
    on 18 March 2014

    A sad but exciting novel,packed full of adventures and a few eye watering moments. Sophie Denny age 10

    5out of 5
  11. loobyloulou123
    on 9 March 2014

    I can imagine what happened to hetty feather. Her getting locked up in the room and so much more.I have to rate it 5 stars!

    5out of 5
  12. crazykitty
    on 8 March 2014

    Really good book

  13. JapaneseStar
    on 7 March 2014

    Really good Hetty feather is so brave.

    5out of 5
  14. Catherine0703
    on 6 March 2014

    It’s hard to get into but once you get into it it’s a fantastic book

  15. Cheerforevers
    on 5 March 2014

    This is the first instalment in the series!

  16. aquamarinebamboo
    on 1 January 2014

    Didn’t like it.

  17. johno45
    on 29 August 2013

    the first few chapters are dull but after that i couldnt put the book down! cant wait to read sapphire battersea!

    as i say read youve got a mind to feed

    5out of 5
  18. Emster123
    on 28 July 2013

    I love this book by Jacqueline Wilson!! I have read all 3 of the hetty feather series (emerald star, hetty feather and sapphire battersea) and I have loved every single me of them, I would say that hetty feather and sapphire battersea were the best so if you want to read hetty feather, I would recommend reading all 3 of them because then you get a real understanding of all the characters and most of all hetty. Hetty changes her personality quite a lot in every book, from naughty, to independent, to grown up and lady-like!

    I would defiantly without a doubt recommend this book to all ages and give them the best possible rating, I’d say 100 out of 10 for all 3!! :):):)

    5out of 5
  19. Princessglory72
    on 28 July 2013

    really happy and sad story which tells you what life is for a Victorian foundling girl is like. tough,horrible,fustrating life it leads for Hetty Feather :( :)

    5out of 5
  20. sophiepusskiss
    on 9 May 2013

    Just…..Amazing. <3

    5out of 5
  21. Firely3
    on 28 April 2013

    such a good book and verry sad and cliff hanging

    5out of 5
  22. booksaregreat05
    on 4 April 2013

    This book is astonishing a sad and happy parts for all readers of any age and any gender.

    Go and try it out tell me what ya think.

    After hetty feather is sapphire battersea another brilliant tale of hetty feather by the worldwide author….... JACQUELINE WILSON!


    5out of 5
  23. Booksqueen
    on 4 April 2013

    I JUST LOVED THIS BOOK! Jacqueline Wilson is my favourite author as she always can make the reader feel like the main character. The Hetty Feather series is my favourite! I just haven’t read “Emerald Star” but I’m sure it will be as good as the others.

    5out of 5
  24. justlovebooks45
    on 19 March 2013

    Very good I love the trilogy and it also grips me and won’t let go. It is as if an arm was reaching out and beckoning me to the book

  25. BookAddict4
    on 9 March 2013

    This is such an amazing book!It’s quite a sad beginning but everything goes right at the end!You must read Sapphire Battersea next though!!!Loved it!

  26. Too-Amazayn
    on 9 March 2013

    Jacqueline Wilson is THE author to go to when looking for a good book for young girls

  27. queenie13
    on 8 March 2013

    this book is the best book i’ve ever read. its very good i suggest all girls should read this book

    5out of 5
  28. KarlMagic33
    on 7 March 2013

    Really Good!

  29. bugzy72
    on 7 March 2013

    its a good book

  30. PikaGirl
    on 5 March 2013

    This book will bring tears to your eyes and is sutable for children about ages 9+. Keep a few spare tissues beside you as you are bound to cry with sadness and laughter as you read about Hetty’s life.

  31. ellie-melay27
    on 5 March 2013

    loved this book so much. it is quite sad at places but was on of my fav childhood books

  32. natashakrywald
    on 5 March 2013

    favrouite book

  33. lmdrld
    on 5 March 2013

    This is the first in the trilogy about hetty feather in the foundling hospital.

  34. lap312i
    on 4 March 2013

    great book

  35. samcharlie123
    on 4 March 2013

    This is an amazing book!

    Hetty is left at the foundling hospital when she is only a baby. As she grows up, she longs to find out about her real mother.

    This is the story of how Hetty finds her true mother.

    I’d recommend to anyone who loves a good book.

    5out of 5
  36. a11timehorses
    on 4 March 2013

    This book is really good

    5out of 5
  37. Sherlock25
    on 4 March 2013

    This book gives me a real insight to what it was like to be a orphan in the Victoria times. I recommend this book to lovers if history :)

  38. stupendousteen
    on 4 March 2013

    A WONDERFUL BOOK. Hetty is brave, fierce and determined. I wish i could be like her.

    5out of 5
  39. lucysuperdream
    on 4 March 2013

    What a great book and i love the front cover page :0

  40. abcd2
    on 27 February 2013

    it is a about a girl who was abbandoned at the founling hostipal she is sent to live in the countryside with tow foster brothers jem and gideon…..

  41. DSherwin924
    on 23 February 2013

    This book is really good I loooooove hetty feather.

    5out of 5
  42. BookStargazer
    on 14 February 2013

    It’s a really gripping and entrancing story. Definitely a book you should try!

    5out of 5
  43. ilovehettyfeatherbooks
    on 11 December 2012

    i love this book i also love sapphire battersea and am waiting to read the third one, emrald star!

    5out of 5
  44. Elsiebells
    on 3 November 2012

    Its really good at the moment

    4out of 5
  45. bookfairy17
    on 2 November 2012

    So far i think its abosoulotley amazing!!!!!

    5out of 5
  46. hettyfeather34
    on 25 October 2012

    This an exellent book about a girl in the 1800’s and gets dumped at a foundling hospital. She is given a silly name; Hetty Feather. She is adopted my a family. Then when she turns 5 she is sent back to the foundling hospital to be trained as a servent!

    5out of 5
  47. Jennicom
    on 14 October 2012

    A great story very touching. One of her best stories so far!

    5out of 5
  48. GogirlOMG
    on 4 July 2012

    i loved it this is an amazing book i couldnt stop reading it !!

    5out of 5
  49. smileitsfriday
    on 5 March 2012

    I liked this book very much, and when i found out saphire battersea was out, I read it straight away! There’s supposed to be a third one, but I don’t think it’s out yet! * * * *!

  50. www-hello-com
    on 5 March 2012

    Hetty Feather is a really good book and it has a good stucter. When you are reading this book it is hard to put it down. I would reccomend this book to anybody-boy or girl.

    5out of 5
  51. bluebasher123
    on 4 March 2012

    really moving and intresting

  52. la1397
    on 3 March 2012

    For me, I thought Hetty feather was a really lovely book, but it was a little hard to get into. At the age I read it, I wasn’t used to books written in different time periods, but after I was really glad I did read it, because although it’s fiction, I learnt an alot about foundlings and how hard life was. It was an enjoyable book, and I got Sapphire Battersea for christmas, but its slightly long winded, for younger children. :)

  53. nikki657
    on 3 March 2012

    This is a very good, eye opening book full of surprises. It follows the character of Hetty Feather, a young victorian girl sent to a home to be trained as a servant. She sets out to find her real mum, and you won’t believe who it is… I cried when I read this. Once i started reading I couldnt put it down

    5out of 5
  54. eve624860
    on 2 March 2012

    it looks lovely and emotianal

  55. Maya125
    on 1 March 2012

    Looks good

  56. kicky105
    on 1 March 2012

    This is a very good, eye opening book full of surprises. It follows the character of Hetty Feather, a young victorian girl sent to a home to be trained as a servant. She sets out to find her real mum, and you won’t believe who it is…

  57. aeroaeromonkey
    on 1 March 2012

    very realistic.

    5out of 5
  58. chloewhite33
    on 1 March 2012

    This is the best book ever I loved it.

  59. emz162000
    on 1 March 2012

    great book!!! :)

  60. ToxicTiger
    on 1 March 2012

    Hetty Feather is a fab book about a Victorian ‘orphan’, who lives in a big school/orphanage. It tells of her hardships and how she gets her own way in life!

  61. salimisra
    on 1 March 2012

    this is an amzing book, telling you about this girl called hetty feather and her adventure, she goes and tries to find her mom but does she? read the book to find out

    5out of 5
  62. Looloos2002
    on 13 February 2012

    This book is brrrrrrrrrrrrrrilliant !!! It’s my favorite JW book

    5out of 5
  63. redruby10490
    on 16 January 2012

    it is really good i enjoyed it

    4out of 5
  64. Princessforever58
    on 8 January 2012

    Wow, this book was excellent! As I have also read the second one it makes it seem like such a good book. Hetty is a funny character and makes us laugh and cry at times in the book. Read it!

    5out of 5
  65. Daydreamer1094
    on 8 January 2012

    Hetty Feather is a very nice book. Its very adventurous. I don’t like adventurous books but Hetty Feather impressed me!

    4out of 5
  66. cathy-cassidy-fan1
    on 25 October 2011

    this book is amazing it has extrodinary detail and is very intresting.

    for me this is one of wilsons best books.

    what do YOU think?

  67. candyfloss4
    on 10 October 2011

    This book is my favorite book! i loved it, it was such a good book i even felt like i was Hetty! i had some tears like when Hetty left her Mama but i felt like i was going through Thick and thin with hetty, every single minute.

  68. Habzz
    on 5 October 2011

    i haven’t read this but would really like to because it looks really interesting…actually i borrowed it from school once and gave it back… i regret doing that now because i can never find it in the library now :(

  69. starbright7
    on 5 October 2011

    Wow jacky this is AMAZING !!! it’s my BEST BOOK EVER !!!!

    5out of 5
  70. Kulsoom65
    on 29 September 2011

    It Does Not Let You Read The Whole Book WHich Makes ME Angry

    5out of 5
  71. lotus-flower
    on 17 September 2011

    amazing and so funny

    5out of 5
  72. migit1
    on 22 August 2011

    wow! great book! btw, emerald star is coming out soon!!!!!!!!

    5out of 5
  73. KolaKaramel
    on 28 June 2011

    WoW i LOVED this book it is my fav book i have ever read and i read a lot of book i mean lot

    I loved the part when: acctuly i loved all of but the best part is where she goes to look for Madame Adeline (and thinks she is her mother)

        I loved all of their is not a part i did not like but it made me sad when she hd to leave her foster mother

    So to people who have not read this book READ IT! it is FANTASTIC

    I would rate this book 100/10 yes! a hundered out of ten i know you be thinking its over board but I LOVED IT i’ve read this book 4!times

    That was MY reveiw on HETTY FEATHER


        BYE BYE
    5out of 5
  74. idocheerandiamaflyer
    on 26 June 2011

    At my school we have a cosmic diary which mean we have to read:5 books for bronze;10 books for silver, 15 for gold and 25 for cosmic reader. Though you have to do tasks along the way. You might have to read a poetry book, make a poster, re-design a front cover and a whole lot of other things. I read this for my historical book. It was great because it wasn’t to last century!

  75. cowmoo1170
    on 20 June 2011

    This is probably my favourite book. It is about Hetty, a Victorian Foundling who is feisty, cheeky and clever. She is on a quest to find her mum. Sad, funny and really enjoyable read it!!!

  76. rvarley
    on 18 June 2011

    i cant really remember it but i remeber thinking WOW, THIS IS A GOOD BOOK! I didnt really like it at the begininng but when I read more of it it was a good book

  77. CoolFliss
    on 17 June 2011

    its really good i find it really interesting and like hetty a lot its quite sad but definitely worth reading i would recommend it for older readers but anyone could just give it a try!! *

  78. Sunny1
    on 7 June 2011

    its a very good book if you havent read this you SHOULD

    5out of 5
  79. angiestarr007
    on 4 March 2011

    truly a heart rendering story loved it fro m the beginning

  80. lillyshak
    on 3 March 2011

    I adore this book. I strongly identify with dear Hetty. I am often rather to loud for my own good. I rate this book 50 out of 5. * /* I love the characters, but a few little bits seem annoying. For example, it says that the only physical punishment the children had received was ‘a light slap on the back of the legs or an impatient tug on the ear’ in a time when most children were beaten with canes, switches, belts, straps etc. GOOD BOOK!!!!

    5out of 5
  81. UltimateBookWorm
    on 3 March 2011

    I loved this book as it made me feel like I really was in the foundling hospital. I felt the pain and heatbreak that poor Hetty felt and am now going to read it for thr third time!

    5out of 5
  82. Lolo95
    on 1 March 2011

    A fact and fiction book tell the story of an orphan in victorian times. Hetty was a weak baby. but she was soon given a loving home just to be brought back to were she started.

  83. magicpavi19
    on 25 February 2011

    this book is set in the olden times which makes it seriously boring but when it comes to the past it is very interesting

  84. Anne6
    on 14 January 2011

    this ook is OK but i find the characters realy hard to follow i love jackie wilson but in this book i think see had a bit 2 many characters sorry jackie this one was not for me!xxxx

  85. emma272
    on 22 December 2010

    I did not like hetty feather because most of the chapters were quite boring. But that is my opinion. You might like it.

    2out of 5
  86. lily118
    on 28 September 2010

    I really loved this book I just couldn’t put it down it was really interesting and it is my favourite book. I have actully met Jacqueline Wilson in the book festival!

    5out of 5
  87. holdol
    on 8 June 2010

    I loved this book. It is exciting and sad and brilliant!!!!!!! Jacquline Wilson is a genius. :)

    5out of 5
  88. girlgirl200
    on 31 May 2010

    This book is a tidal wave of emotions, sometimes happy, sometimes sad, and I love Hetty and her picturing. I find the end quite funny, especially the last line, but I’ll leave you to find out that by yourself!

  89. charlie2319
    on 29 May 2010

    this book is brilliant, i have read all of it. it’s sad, happy lots of different expressions. i would suggest over 8 year olds should read this book and they would love it.

    5out of 5
  90. vanessa11
    on 7 May 2010

    i really loved,loved this book. it’s really emotional when Hetty finds her real mum. all i can say is that i really liked this book.

    5out of 5
  91. Hermione2010
    on 25 April 2010

    This is all about a Victorian girl named Hetty Feather. Hetty is an orphan so lives with a wet nurse for a while. Then the story tells of Hetty’s tragic move to an orphanage with a horrid matron. Hetty has many adventures right through the book. I think this is my favourite Jaqueline Wilson book because the story is well written and VERY gripping! I would suggest this book to girls age 9+.

    5out of 5
  92. Typicalnigerian
    on 16 April 2010

    It is a really good book, beacuse Hetty is really cheeky. We all want to know who hetty’s mother is and there are lots of people who could be the one. But we find out in the end. I love all of Jacqueline Wilsons books, I have read every singole one. I joined her fan club ages ago. My fav jacquline Wilson book is Candyfloss.

    5out of 5
  93. ilovebooks19
    on 15 April 2010

    I cant rate this book but I am dyeing to read it. All my friends have and it is ment to be a fantastic, no, brilliant book!

  94. maria2
    on 3 March 2010

    This is a very good and interesting book and I love every part of it out of 10 I give it10

    5out of 5
  95. jackey
    on 27 February 2010

    I havent read this book yet but im despret to read it my friend brought it to school and i wanted to steal it!

    5out of 5
  96. Petula
    on 19 February 2010

    This is the most excellent jacqueline wilson book ever written! It is great because it is in hetty feather’s point of view, and this makes it easier and better to read. I recommend this terrific book to people aged 9+. It is better if you read it at nine or over as you will enjoy it much more! This book is FABULOUS!!!! :)

    5out of 5
  97. Callierose1
    on 9 February 2010

    like all of jaqueline wilsons books-boring, repetious and EXTREMELY dull!

    2out of 5
  98. fruitylipschick
    on 12 January 2010

    I got this book for Christmas and it is amazing! It is simply the best Jacqueline Wilson book ever! I actually finished it in three days!

    5out of 5
  99. Bookworm81
    on 10 January 2010

    It is beautiful and emotional one of Jacqueline Wilsons best books.In some parts I nearly cryed because it was sad and what it would have actually happened two centurys ago in the victorian period. At parts I felt like i should of been jumping up and down. It was brilliant.

    5out of 5
  100. Ceemee
    on 8 January 2010

    This is definitely Jacqueline Wilson’s best book yet.

    5out of 5
  101. jw-number-1-fan
    on 22 December 2009

    Hetty Feather is the best book I have ever read! It tells you all about a life of a Victorian child and I learnt alot from it .Sometimes I stayed up really late reading it because I Couldn’t put it down.Once I had finished the book I couldn’t stop talking about it, I would recomend it for children aged 9 and above. Hetty feather is a great book and I loved it!

    5out of 5
  102. superstarr36
    on 6 December 2009

    i absolutley loved Hetty Feather because it’s about the Victorians and i love the Victorians. if you want ot read this book you have to be one of them people who get into books really quick, because my friend said that she couldnt get into it. i got into it really quickly and thought it was the most superb book i have ever read.

  103. FunnyMonkey
    on 2 December 2009

    This book was very adventureful and funny at some places! I would definitely recommend to other people!!!

    5out of 5
  104. abix123
    on 6 November 2009

    i thought it was a really good book. The storyline is amazing. I would recommend this book to anyone the age of ten to thirteen.

    4out of 5
  105. flipflopweirdos
    on 28 October 2009

    Hetty Feather has everything you’d want in a book. Funny bits, scary bits, sad bits, imaginitive bits! It has over 300 pages, yet I read it in just three days! Plus, it is factual and historical which should keep your parents and teachers pleased! Now my mum wants to read it as well, so I think you should defintely buy it because my mum has great taste in books! It is in Victorian times as well, and I am doing a project on Victorians so it has been very useful from that point of view. If you love Jacqueline’s books (like me), and wonder what it’s like to be abondened as a young baby in 1876-you should read it!

  106. AGirlWithBrainsxx
    on 26 October 2009

    urmmm i haven’t read this yet but i want to so im gonna get it

  107. misschlobo97
    on 12 October 2009


    5out of 5
  108. emmastardust
    on 7 October 2009

    I have just read this book sooooooo quickly i couldn’t put it down! I love Jacqueline ilson’s books. She is such a good author!

    5out of 5
  109. maisie1998
    on 19 September 2009

    Its really good and really emotional its a really emotional journey which shows Hetty trying to find her mum on her long journey i loved it :)

    5out of 5
  110. hannahmontanafan
    on 25 August 2009

    Canny wait to read this because she is my favourite author and I have read all o her books and I am her no. 1 fan!!! I have even met her!!! I won the competition to get a signed copy!!!


  111. ZoZzY
    on 19 August 2009

    I loved this book! It is a sad story but has a happy ending. It is Jacky’s best so far, I think.

    5out of 5

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