Opal Plumstead might be plain, but she has always been fiercely intelligent. Yet her scholarship and dreams of university are snatched away when her father is sent to prison, and 14-year-old Opal must start work at the Fairy Glen sweet factory to support her family. Opal struggles to get along with the other workers, who think her snobby and stuck-up. But Opal idolises Mrs Roberts, the factory's beautiful, dignified owner, who introduces Opal to the legendary Mrs Pankhurst and her fellow Suffragettes. And when Opal meets Morgan - Mrs Roberts' handsome son, and the heir to Fairy Glen - she believes she has found her soulmate. But the First World War is about to begin, and will change Opal's life forever.
The brilliantly gripping new story from the best-selling, award-winning Jacqueline Wilson.
©2014 Jacqueline Wilson (P)2014 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd
"A brilliant writer of wit and subtlety." (The Times)
"She should be prescribed for all cases of reading reluctance." (The Independent on Sunday)
"Has a rare gift for writing lightly and amusingly about emotional issues." (The Bookseller)
"This wonderful new wartime story will be published to coincide with the one hundred year anniversary of the start of the First World War. And like one of Roald Dahl's most timeless and beloved novels, much of the action takes place at a sweet factory!" (Amazon)
This is the first Jacqueline Wilson book I've listened to before reading the book. I enjoyed the plot but found the voice of Opal to be too self pitying some of the time. I don't know if I'd have thought differently if I had read the book first. I enjoyed the audiobook a lot nevertheless and kept finding odd times during the day to continue to listen to what would happen next.
A longer story from JW, and more interesting because of the historical period aspects. Slightly irritating main character sometimes, but well worth putting up with for the lovely plot development.
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