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Hetty Feather (Hetty Feather #1)

4.07 of 5 stars 4.07  ·  rating details  ·  3,142 ratings  ·  242 reviews
London, 1876 and 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 first live with a foster family until she is big enough to go to school.





Life in the countryside is hard but with her 'brothers' Jem and Gideon, she helps in the fields and plays imaginary games. Together they sn
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Hardcover, 400 pages
Published October 8th 2009 by Doubleday Childrens (first published 2009)
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Mikayla
This was as good as everything else I've read by Jacqueline Wilson. I will definitely be reading the next book.
Julia Draycott
I think this book is amazing because its big and very well thought of. As well I think its good because every time there's a chapter and I have to stop I always ,always want to read more. Lots more.

What a lovely long book.
Michael
This is an excellent read set in Victorian times. The story is written in the first person and is like an autobiography of the first 11 years of Hetty Feather's life. As a new born baby, Hetty is left at the gates of the Foundling Hospital by her mother. After a short time in the care of the hospital Hetty is sent to live with her foster family or also known as a 'wet nurse' in those times.

In the first few chapters we follow Hetty as a baby and then toddler, living an adventurous life in the cou
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Germaine Yuen
I love this book from beginning to end. I found it really sad at the beginning because she gets abandoned when she was young. I thought her mother was really cruel, but the end changed my mind. Her mother had Hetty when she was young and her father left Hetty's mother. So, Hetty'smother was left to scrape for money,when she couldn't stand it anymore, she sent Hetty to the Foundling's Hospital. Before she could live in the Foundling Hospital all the time, she had to live in a Foster home. Her fos ...more
Little Star ( Fiza)
I thought that Hetty Feather was amazing! She had loads of different adventures in her life and had to find her mother. Her real mother is just in the foundling hospital! At first Hetty thought that her real mother was Madame Adeline,a woman that acts in a circus, because she has red hair just like Hetty's fiery red hair. She finds out the truth. Madame Adeline is really not her real mother. She gets really upset but after finding out her real mother is just in the foundling hospital, Hetty's re ...more
Rimsha
Hetty Feather is amazing! I've also read Sapphire Battersea, which is even more amazing. Jacqueline Wilson's books are awesome and I recommend children and teenagers to read them. Can't wait to read Emerald Star! :-)
Abby
I liked Hetty Feather. It was an enjoyable book and I am currently reading Sapphire Battered. Good read!!
Rosie
A great read, one of those books that you can curl up with and read for hours on end!
Hannah
NEVER ABLE TO PUT THIS ONE DOWN
Becky
I was out on the Mobile Library Van the other day and finished the book I was reading. Not wanting to sit through my lunch with nothing else to read I scanned the shelves, after reading Lily Alone last week and talking to a girl at my Diving group, i remembered her saying how good this one was and worth a read, so I decided to give it a go. It's been years since reading Wilson, but now I've read 2 in one month. Must be regressing back to my childhood.
The cover of this book also attracted me, i l
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Julie
This is a story about a young red-haired orphan, Hetty Feather, who is placed in a family for a year or so, until she grows up a bit. You could say that shes happy in that family, she doesnt know what orphanage means yet. She has many adopted siblings, and one of them, Jem, is very friendly to Hetty, and hes always planning their future together, they get into many mischiefs together...and once they visit a circus. Hetty is fascinated by Madam Adeline, a lady who does all sorts of tricks on hors ...more
Nicolle
Yet another fabulous tale from Jacqueline Wilson. I received this through good reads first reads, what a great win! Once I started this I couldn't stop reading as the plot was ever changing and developing at a rapid pace. Add to this an endearing character - Hetty Feather - with her fiery personality, flaming red hair, and childish charm; a wonderful recipe for adventure.

It is such a crazy coincidence that I had never heard of the horrific foundling hospitals until a few weeks ago whilst studyi
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Ira Book Lover
"Tapi bisakah kau memberitahuku satu hal lagi. Apakah kau menamai ketika aku lahir?"

"Aku memanggilmu dengan nama kesayangan yang indah, Sapphire, karena matamu biru sekali."

"Ya Tuhan, aku mengkhayalkan itu! Aku tahu ibu kandungku pasti akan memilihkan nama yang indah untukku!...aku berharap menjadi penulis suatu hari nanti dan menerbitkan cerita-ceritaku - lalu aku akan menggunakan Sapphire sebagai nama penaku...

"Kita akan meninggalkan panti asuhan ini bersama-sama ketika aku sudah cukup dewasa,
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Kezia Olive
Saya hampir gila baca buku ini. Awalnya menyangka kisahnya bakal ringan dan menyenangkan kaya Cookie, dan pasti penuh kebahagiaan dan keindahan.. Dan akhirnya terpaksa harus shock dan berkali-kali mencucurkan airmata.

No,no. The story is ok. It's great!! It's awesome. Really awesome. Jadi kenapa nangis2?

Yah.. Karena ceritanya menyayat hati. Dan itu bukan bayangan kisah yang bakal ditulis oleh penulisnya Cookie! No wonder saya harus berusaha mati2an menyelesaikan buku ini.. Karena tragedinya luar
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Jennifer
I have come across this book on my final PGCE placement. It is being used in my Year 5 class as the literacy focus text. The children are reading it as a class and all grammar and writing tasks are coming out of the book. It follows the early life of Victorian orphan Hetty Feather as a baby in the Foundling Hospital, through her early years in her foster home, her later return to the Foundling Hospital, and all her adventures in between.

I must confess that I had not read a Jacqueline Wilson book
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Hannah
Hetty Feather is a start of a series full of dramatic, exciting and delightful text. It is filled with adventure and mystery and so you would have to keep reading it. I really thought that the book was amazing and was very detailed. I recommend this book to people who love adventure stories and stories that would touch your heart
▲ Rachel
Hetty Feather is a sweet book about a girl who searches to find her mother. She has to overcome lots of challenges of the horrid foundling hospital. It shows a roller coaster of emotion, I found myself near tears when Nurse Winnie first fed the milk to baby Hetty and so happy when Hetty found her new friend Polly. I rate it four stars because Hetty's character can seem annoying and immature even when she is 11 years old, and it is quite unusual that she doesn't seem to think at all before she ac ...more
Alaina
Personally, I thought this books was really good — and this is coming from someone who doesn't really enjoy Jacqueline Wilson books. I don't read her very often because they are usually quite depressing (death is a more than common feature in her books).
The book – and the rest of the trilogy – is set in the Victorian times. Hetty is a foundling, abandoned at birth and resulting in her going to the foundling hospital in London. Up to the age of five, she stays with a foster family that care an
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Astri Nardi (Asuka Mai)
Kesan pertama setelah menyelesaikan buku ini... BAGUS BANGET !!!!!

Aku mantap memutuskan dari semua buku karangan JW yang telah kubaca, buku ini merupakan buku dari JW yang terbaik yg pernah kubaca. Dari awal baca sampai akhir ga bosen... seru, sedih, tegang, kasihan, perasaan campur aduk itu ada.

Buku ini mirip sama kisah Tracy Beaker yang kubaca yang keduanya merupakan karangan Jacqueline Wilson, karena sama2 berlatar belakang anak yatim piatu yang hidup di panti asuhan. Namun, tentunya aku lebi
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Liselore
The book “Hetty Feather” by Jacqueline Wilsons is a fun and interesting book to read for children and adults of all ages. The story takes place in the 1700s in England, and it is about a foundling named Hetty Feather with flaming red hear and a bad temper. As a baby she is brought to a foster home in the country where she lives with a lot of brothers and sisters, four of the siblings are also foundlings, the other children are the parents own kids. In the country her dear big brother Jem takes ...more
SIMON Karine
Millie Plume est une petite fille pétillante et très attachante. Elle est facétieuse et pleine de vie. Mais elle a aussi et surtout un caractère bien trempé, et ça depuis le jour de sa naissance. Millie n’a pas la vie facile, elle a été abandonnée par sa mère et confiée à l’hôpital des enfants trouvés. Après un court séjour, elle sera "adopté" par une famille habitant la campagne. Ce sera l’époque du bonheur pour Millie, car même si la vie n’y est pas facile tous les jours, elle se saura aimée e ...more
Juliet
I'm 19 years old and I'm not ashamed to say I loved this book! As a child I adored Jacqueline Wilson. Her stories would completely captivate me like no other author could. There's something so emotional and relatable about her writing style, it really draws you in, even as an adult. The stories are always pacy with lots of emotional ups and downs, and I always end up really caring about the characters. I stopped reading her books when I became a teenager but I've recently decided to have a look ...more
Karinate
It was a wonderful splendid book!!!!

This is a story about a girl who was raised by a country folk and who's life was happy and cheerful just like us, when suddenly at the age of five she had to move to the foundling hospital and life became horrible. There was no green grass where she can run around on,
no cool breeze like the one in the country side, no more place where everyone is cheerful. Hetty hated the place, People in the foundling hospital wasn't nice as well. The two matrons was as horr
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Zharap
Hetty is a poor orphan girl. As a baby she arrived at a foundling hospital. This is a story of adventure and sadness.

I recommend this book to any keen reader of Jacqueline Wilson. It is the first book in a series which includes Sapphire Battersea and then Emerald Star. Hetty is also featured in Diamond, which is also a great story.

Kayan
London, 1876 and 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 first live with a foster family until she is big enough to go to school. Life in the countryside is hard but with her 'brothers' Jem and Gideon, she helps in the fields and plays imaginary games. Together they sneak off to visit the travelling circus and Hetty is mesmerised by the show, especially Madame Adeline and her performing hor ...more
Holly
***some spoilers***

I can't help comparing this to The Lottie Project. It feels like a cross between that and Tracy Beaker but a brilliant book in it's own right. It's classic Wilson, our main character goes through struggles to come out the other end slightly unscathed and full of confidence and wisdom. Hetty is full of personality and although I wonder if I would find her quite so charming if she were in front of me she is witty and courageous in this book.

The story starts off with Hetty Feath
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Emily Jackson
Hetty Feather made me laugh,cry and scream at the book because it was so funny,sad and frustrating also the other books in the trilogy (emerald star, sapphire battersea) are very good but this one is definitely the best by far.
Pizza
This was a really good children's book. I really enjoyed it, and I think that even though it had many historical facts and references it would still be a good book for 10-12 year old girls, because it is gripping and relatable. I loved this book, and I loved reading about the adventures of Hetty Feather, her longing to find her brother Jem and her desperation when she finds out she had to leave her home. I thought some of the punishments were harsh, and disgusted me, such as hitting a two year o ...more
Lavinia
Little Hetty is abandoned at the orphanage door - the Foundling Hospital - just after being born by her mother, and soon she was named Hetty Feather. She was small, sweet and loving, with burning blue eyes (and as she insists, no hair), but as well as she was cute she could scream.

Nurse Winterson is kind, unlike the sharp-faced other nurses who thrust her into hard cots and shove bottles in her tiny, pierced lips. When a kind lady adopts her, Hetty is happy for once in her life. But as she turns
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Chelsea
Somebody gave this book to me as a present and so I started reading it. I had also read a few other books from the author and i liked what she wrote.

I really enjoyed it and I felt like I could relate to the character in some ways.

From this book I learnt that if you get bullied tell someone and don't leave it. Also even if your parents give you up because they cant look after you, it doesn't mean they don't love you.

I really liked the character Hetty because she is brave and she stands up for h
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Jacqueline Wilson was born in Bath in 1945, but spent most of her childhood in Kingston-on-Thames. She always wanted to be a writer and wrote her first ‘novel’ when she was nine, filling in countless Woolworths’ exercise books as she grew up. As a teenager she started work for a magazine publishing company and then went on to work as a journalist on Jackie magazine (which she was told was named af ...more
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