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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

Critic reviews

"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)

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My 8 yr old loves it

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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Great Story

Would you consider the audio edition of Opal Plumstead to be better than the print version?

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.

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Opal Plumstead

I personally loved this story the narrator was very good at reading this book she was very good at the different voices and just the overall book was very well written although I would have liked a bit more of a happy ending but still you can see that Jacqueline Wilson put a lot of time and effort in to this book and it really shows I would deffenitly recommend this book to people over the age of 10 as it is quite sad at times but great book and I loved it.

Maya Dresser
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Beautiful story

I have this book on audio and have listened to it about 7 times it never gets old I love it I love all my audio books but this is one of my all time favourites I think that it's amazingly rad and a great and gripping story and very emotive

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Amazing

I think this book is amazing
I love the ending a wonderful twist
Opal is an awesome character
I would definitely recommend this book to kids age 9-14
Wonderful

( age 10)

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Outstanding

The best audio book I have ever listened to I will be getting many more

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Great 👍🏻

I think this story was good the narration what's good the plot was good but it was just to predictable 🐱

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Opal plummsted

This book is amazing so many amazing features and description is incredible!well done Jaquelin you've done it again!

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Extraordinary

This was great! The narrator is perfect for the Victorian girl Opal in this book. Loved it!

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  • 08-02-21

good story but heard hitting really life plot

this was a good story however if you want something uplifting to take you away from The Troubles of life save this book for a different day

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  • 16-08-18

the young suffraget

I loved Opal plumstead and I listened to it so many times.
It was so emotinal when Morgan died and Madeleine Leslay acts the characters so well.
I loved it and hope that Jacqueline will write more books that are for 13-14 year olds

Úlfhildur Ragna... from Iceland❤

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  • 03-01-17

Good for older kids

It was really enjoyable but a few parts might have been inappropriate for children under 12 and possibly unnecessary. Overall a great listen.