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Book Reviews: Opal Plumstead by Jacqueline Wilson

Book Reviews: Opal Plumstead by Jacqueline Wilson
Opal Plumstead by Jacqueline Wilson
Published by Doubleday Children's on 9 October 2014
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 fourteen-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 for ever.

The brilliantly gripping new story from the bestselling, award-winning Jacqueline Wilson.

Review by Maisy 

Firstly, can I give humongous congratulations to Jacqueline Wilson. Can you believe that this is her 100th book?! I have loved reading all of her books, but Opal Plumstead is a completely different type of story (in a good way). I had never read anything like it, and each page I read further and further into the book, the more intrigued I became. It was a mixture of humour (one of Jacqueline Wilson’s strongest points), sadness, depression, anger, and good times. The pictures at the beginning of each chapter gave me the urge to read on, and I would be lost in my own world of disaster and dreams.

The story is about a young girl of 14, who goes by the name of Opal. She and her best friend Olivia go to a school where pretty much everyone is super serious and strict, so nothing can be done wrong and you have to follow the rules… or else. Opal cant stop getting into trouble, and just when things can’t get any worse, tragedy strikes her family. I wont spoil it by telling you what happens, you’ll have to read it for yourself! Sadly, there are some really unfair things that happen to Opal in this book, and it really made me think about how lucky I am.


I would easily give this amazing tale 5 stars, for just making me think.


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