Hetty Feather by Jacqueline Wilson
Hetty is just a tiny baby when her mother leaves her at London's Foundling Hospital in 1876. 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 by Madame Adeline and her performing horses. Hetty's happiness is threatened once more when she is returned to the Foundling Hospital. The new life of awful uniforms, terrible food and Matron 'Pigface' is a struggle for her, 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?
Suitable for children 8 years and up, paperback.
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