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Little Stars (Hetty Feather)

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Seeing as this is the last book in the series (for now, I really hope we get more) I thought I would review the series as a whole instead of just the individual book. I really enjoyed this book, I originally read Hetty Feather when it came out and I've read each sequel as it came out.

Emerald Star was definitely my least favourite (But I did really like Lizzie's character which made up for the fact the rest of it was a bit rubbish) I love Sapphire Battersea and I love Little Stars but It's hard to have a favourite as it's really just one massive book. I absolutely loved this book and I will definitely find myself picking it up again and again to enjoy Hetty and Diamond's brilliant story. I felt like Jem and Janet's wedding should have been a greater climax rather than a short couple of chapters in the middle of the book, and honestly I was expecting them to come back into the story towards the end of the book with some dramatic twist. Ida eventually dies and Hetty insists that she can pay for her funeral, and stays until she's paid back Freda for her contribution. Although, as aforementioned, a tad abrupt, the ending to this book and Hetty's story is definitely a satisfying one.It's obvious that he still has feelings for Hetty and did not want to get married, instead wanting to run away with Hetty, but Hetty forces him to get married which makes an unhappy story for Jem, which I find sad as I really saw them having a chance. When Hetty left her job at the music hall due to Samson Ruby, she became an actress with her new heroine: Marina Royal. She moved in with Mr Marvel (the monkey who we met Emerald Start (Book 3) and little Mavis, his baby monkey. The Illustrated Mum won the Guardian Children’s Fiction Award, the 1999 Children’s Book of the Year at the British Book Awards and was also shortlisted for the 1999 Whitbread Children’s Book Award.

Although it was great to read about Hetty's breakthrough with acting, the fact remained that poor Diamond was still not given her happy ending. Hetty has to say goodbye to the Cavalcade music hall and all its artistes including her dear friend Bertie. I don't quite know how to put it, but I've found her a most interesting specimen, perhaps even more so than in her own POV book.

She is nearly carried away by a gentleman but Sissy rescues her and Hetty helps sell flowers with her. The Victorian era is also fleshed out throughout, and Jacqueline gives you multiple glimpses in varying locations. This final stretch of Hetty's story (which seemed to end just a wee bit too suddenly, I might add), entrancingly narrated in my beloved simple-yet-appropriately-inviting style of Jacqueline Wilson's, manages to combine the new and exciting with the old and comfortingly familiar so well, among other things, by reintroducing one of my old favourites from all the way back in book 2, in a whole new light and yet so obviously still the same old dear at the core. Little Stars is the fifth book in the Hetty Feather series by Jacqueline Wilson, and I think that it is a great way to end the series. I really liked how Hetty seemed to do a full circle, from the circus, to the music hall, to her foster home and in the end, living with Harry when she joins Marina Royal.

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