Diamond: From the World of Hetty Feather – Jacqueline Wilson

Posted: December 27, 2013 in children, Review, young adult
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diamondDiamond is a beautiful, talented acrobat performing with the Tangle field’s circus.  She wasn’t always a star though, being born into a poor family in the 1800’s as Ellen-Jane and being a delicate girl instead of the strapping son her mother wanted.  When the circus is searching for new performers her father sells her to the cruel Beppo the clown and she quickly becomes part of the show as a child acrobat.

Beppo trains her and the other acrobats, punishing them for every mistake and forcing her to perfom increasingly more dangerous tricks.  Diamond is scared of him and soon becomes too terrified to step into the ring.  Then a new girl, Sapphire, joins the circus as the ringmaster and quickly becomes Diamond’s best friend, protecting her from the mean Beppo.   Then life at the circus becomes too dangerous and Diamond and Sapphire must decide what to do.

Starting the book, I wasn’t sure what to expect but quickly became enamoured with the tale.  The characters are very likeable and I wanted them to triumph, as I was drawn into their world.  The plot is fast paced, filled with clever twists and turns. The Hetty Feather series is historical fiction but light and quirky enough for younger readers.  A fun read.

Doubleday

Supplied by Random House New Zealand

Reviewed by Jan

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