Review by Yasmin Giannini, age 7
It may be surprising that this book is the last in a trilogy and if you are far from familiar with the first two books then you might be challenged if you start on this one. It’d seemingly be much better to have met this fantastic character, Hetty Feather, right from the moment she was born. So, please let me tell you about the first two books in the trilogy before you move onto this stunning new one.
The journey starts with a little baby called Sapphire, however it is mysterious, because when she was born she had to be given away to the foundling hospital where the people who worked there changed her name to Hetty Feather (because she was small and as light as a feather). That’s where the first book, Hetty Feather starts.
Right from the very beginning, we’re taken through the emotive story of Hetty’s challenging life as a foundling. Hetty’s character often gets her into lots of situations. She is also a brilliant writer and starts to write the tale of her life (more about that later).
Hetty also found love and warmth with her foster family and the first boy she fell in love with, Jem. She also seems to be the luckiest girl in the world because she discovers that her real mum has been right beside her all the time.
When Hetty finally leaves the foundling hospital she tries to become her real self. Sapphire Battersea is the title of the second book in this series and it’s also Hetty’s real name. This book takes us on to the second part of Hetty’s life.
The second book is an even more positive book than the first one, mainly because she has lots of food to eat and lots of new friends. I told you that she was writing the tale of her life, however what happens next is that her master (who’s a children’s author) passes her memoirs as his own writing.
Hetty chooses to challenge her master and he decides to ask her to leave the house. There’s only one thing she can do: she goes in search of her mum. Almost as soon as she’s reunited with her, a twist of fate parts them again.
Be sure to read both of these books before you even think about reading Emerald Star! But wow! Once you open the pages of Emerald Star you’ll love it. I will keep it mysterious by concealing the plot. You’ll have to read it yourself. However his final book in the trilogy answers all the questions you’ll have been asking since the very first page of Hetty Feather.
Whats your favorite book?