REVIEW – Opal Plumstead by Jacqueline Wilson

20318197“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.”

Opal Plumstead is Jacqueline Wilson’s latest novel, and it’s another one set in the past, before World War I. It’s the story of a girl whose father gets put in prison and she has to work at a sweet factory. This is terrible at first, but then she meets the factory’s owner, Mrs Roberts, and her son Morgan, and Opal’s life starts to change.

Opal Plumstead is arguably Jacqueline Wilson’s most feisty character, although I think Hetty Feather could just about overtake her! Opal is smart and outspoken, sometimes speaking before she thinks. This makes her really fun to read about. My favourite character is Cassie, Opal’s sister, because she’s always there for Opal and she encourages her, instead of discouraging her like her mum.

The story was really absorbing and interesting. My favourite part was when Opal got promoted into the paint room at the factory.

The ending was good and satisfying but I would have liked the final sentence to have a bit more magic to it.

Opal Plumstead is another great Jacqueline Wilson novel! I recommend it all readers aged 9+.

Opal Plumstead is out 9th October.

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