Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Review of Diamond

Title: Diamond
Author: Jacqueline Wilson

Blurb:

Ladies and gentlemen!
Tanglefield's travelling circus is proud to present the incredible, the extraordinary, the magical, Diamond, the acrobatic child wonder!

Pull back the curtain, enter the big top and discover her amazing story of heartbreak, danger, courage and friendship!

Starring acquaintances old and new...
Madame Adeline, Beppo the Clown, Elijah the Elephant, The Silver Boys, Mr Marvel and his Monkeys.

With a very special guest: Hetty Feather, performing as the one and only Emerald Star.

My Review:

I love reading Jacqueline Wilson's books, they're always easy reads. The books is also signed by Jacqueline herself as I went (along with some people from my school) to see her get the lifetime achievement award.

I read the Hetty Feather series and really liked it - I like the historical feel to them as I'm quite into history. The book is a spin off of the Hetty Feather series as it focuses on Diamond; a character we first meet in Emerald Star. 

The book tells the story of Diamond. She is the last child of the family and is a disappointment. Her mother desperately wanted to have 4 boys to complete the gospels Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. However she ended up with 3 boys (Matthew, Mark and Luke) and 2 girls (Mary-Martha and Diamond). Her mother tries for another little boy but doesn't make it through the birth. Her father then blames her for all the families problems. He then sells to a stranger for 5 guineas. 

Diamond is taken away to live at the circus. She was always good at gymnastics/acrobatics but now she is forced to train every day and to learn new tricks. Then Hetty joins the circus and instantly Diamond and her bond. I love Hetty as a character, she's incredibly fiery and makes reading more enjoyable. 

The book doesn't conclude fully and makes it clear that a sequel is on the cards...

Overall, I would recommend this book if you are a Wilson fan or you fancy a easy, summer read!

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