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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 first live with a foster family until she is big enough to go to school.

Life in the countryside is sometimes hard, but with her foster brothers, Jem and Gideon, Hetty helps in the fields and plays vivid imaginary games. Together they sneak off to visit the travelling circus, and Hetty is mesmerised by the show - especially the stunning Madame Adeline and her performing horses.

But Hetty's happiness is threatened once more when she must return to the Foundling Hospital to begin her education. The new life of awful uniforms and terrible food is a struggle for her, and she desperately misses her beloved Jem. But now she has the chance to find her real mother. Could she really be the wonderful Madame Adeline? Or will Hetty find the truth is even more surprising?

Jacqueline Wilson will surprise and delight old fans and new with this utterly original historical novel. Featuring a brand-new feisty Victorian heroine, Hetty Feather, this is a compelling, moving, funny and totally fascinating Tracy Beaker-esque tale that will thrill and captivate readers.

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    Heroic Hetty Feather

    I really enjoyed reading this book. At times it was a little depressing and the beginning was a bit creepy but over all I would say that I love this book it is definitely one of my favorite books. Hetty was a very believable little girl and it was written beautifully. Jacqueline Wilson described what was happening perfectly and I a understood it all. I learned lots about the foundling hospitals and how mean they were to some of their recruits. I am still wondering what happens with Eliza and Jem and if she every sees her 'mom' again. I am excited to read the next book about Hetty Feather.

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