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London, 1876. Hetty Feather is just a tiny baby when her mother leaves her at the Foundling Hospital. The Hospital cares for abandoned children - but Hetty must live with a foster family until she is big enough to go to school.

Life in the countryside is hard, but she has 'brothers' Jem and Gideon to play with, and together they sneak off to visit the travelling circus.

Hetty is mesmerised by the show, especially Madame Adeline and her performing horses. When she is returned to the Foundling Hospital, the new life of awful uniforms and terrible food is a struggle for Hetty. But now she has the chance to find her real mother. Could she really be the wonderful Madame Adeline? Or is the truth even more surprising?

A delightful and utterly original take on a historical novel, this warm, funny and moving story, read by Jacqueline Wilson, will thrill her many fans.

©2010 Jacqueline Wilson (P)2014 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

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Fabulous Jacqueline Wilson book

I bought the audio book for my 10 year old daughter, who is a significant Jacqueline Wilson fan. We all listened to the audio book on a long car journey through Europe. It was a pleasant tale and everyone in the car enjoyed the Story. it's great how jacqueline wilson delights her readers with historical facts. The only downside is that Jacqueline Wilson herself reads the story and I found her voice soporific and lacking in character. Despite this I would recommend this audio book and have purchased another one.

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Best of the best!

I love it. Hetty and all the characters seem to come alive. The story line is very exciting! Before reading this I didn't even know what a Foundling Hospital was, now I feel as if I've lived there myself. I also recommend the rest of the series, though the first one is the best.

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I ❤️ Hetty Feather

I loved the twists and turns in this book. Jacqueline Wilson always knows how to tug at your heart strings and make you feel like you are the character and that's a really good skill. I would recommend this book to all Jacqueline Wilson fans because it's an approach I love. Taking you back in time. Out of of the Jacqueline Wilson books I have read so far this has been the best. It's super exciting but emotion yet adventurous. I rated full stars on everything because everything was full star quality.

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I loved Hetty Feather!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would, it was very enjoyable, and at times I just had to keep listening. Also the narration was brilliant.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Hetty Feather?

I particularly loved Hetty's trip to the circus at the beginning of the book. It was magical to her and I felt the magic of it too.

Which character – as performed by Jacqueline Wilson – was your favourite?

I love Hetty, she is so spirited but creative and brave at the same time. Jacqueline Wilson writes her character beautifully and I feel like I really got to know her.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The struggle Hetty went through at the foundling hospital really tugged at my heart strings. Life was so hard for her and her spirit really shined through.

Any additional comments?

I really enjoyed this book and I am looking to hearing further audio books by Jacqueline Wilson, especially Hetty Feather books!

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Amazing

I loves this book and would recommend this book to anyone who likes gripping stories.

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This story was amazing, I would give it a 100/10

How I felt about this book

1) I almost cried when Hetty got locked up
2) I would highly recommend to anyone too read this
3) I've nothing else to say, this book was mind boggling

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An amazing and strong heroine!

The narrator was great and made me feel like I was in the book. It's a very heartwarming story.

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Good narration and story

Fab story (as usual) and I loved the narration but this isn't narrated by Jacqueline Wilson herself as stated :(

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The best Jacqueline Wilson book I have read so far

This book is the most amazing book I have ever listened to so far on audible I love it I have watched the episodes and the book on audible is exactly like I had thought it would be I love the voice of this person it is very nice and calm

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This is a great story, one problem.

I loved it ! I loved Hettys story but I almost cried. The only problem is that the voice is kind of not very expression filled, it is still good :). I absolutely loveeeeee Jacqueline Wilson's amazing stories so muchhhhhh! The voice is not right because it said by the author but it's not !!! It's still an amazing story! Also, the teachers (miss Newman and miss morley) are teachers in my school.

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  • 18-01-16

Extremely disappointing

Would you try another book from Jacqueline Wilson and/or Jacqueline Wilson?

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Has Hetty Feather turned you off from other books in this genre?

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Have you listened to any of Jacqueline Wilson’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

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Did Hetty Feather inspire you to do anything?

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Any additional comments?

If you don't mind listening hour after hour to a depressing story of children suffering, being ripped away from the only parents and siblings they ever knew, waiting for a rescue of some sort, that never comes, then this may be for you. It drew me in since the narration is perfection. But the story is completely unsatisfying. I really wish I hadn't wasted all of those emotional hours hoping for the heart wrenching situation these children were in to end. But in my view, it never does.