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Diamond wasn’t always a star. Born to penniless parents who longed for a strong, healthy son, she was a dainty, delicate daughter – and a bitter disappointment.

Discovering an extraordinary gift for acrobatics, Diamond uses her talent to earn a few pennies, but brings shame on her family. When a mysterious, cruel-eyed stranger spots her performing, Diamond is sold – and is taken to become an acrobat at Tanglefield’s Travelling Circus.

The crowds adore Diamond, but life behind the velvet curtains is far from glamorous. Her wicked master forces Diamond to attempt ever more daring tricks, until she is terrified to step into the ring. But there are true friends to be found, too: the gentle Mister Marvel; the kindly Madame Adeline; and the glorious Emerald Star, Tanglefield’s brand-new ringmaster, and Diamond’s heroine.

When life at the circus becomes too dangerous to bear any longer, what will the future hold for Diamond? And will her beloved Emerald be a part of it?

Enter the amazing world of Hetty Feather and follow her adventures throughout the series: 1. Hetty Feather 2. Sapphire Battersea 3. Emerald Star 4. Diamond

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Yearling (imprint of Random House Children's Books)

Date published

July 11th, 2014

Lexile measure


Accelerated Reader

AR book level: 5.5; Middle years; 10.0 points



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  1. Cecemay
    on 8 August 2015

    It is a really good book about Ellen Jane Potts. Her mother died and her dad doesn’t love her any more she was earning money by performing on the streets but Beppo the clown Has other plans for her.

  2. carrotcake154
    on 23 December 2014

    Its a marvelous book. One of my favorite Jacqueline Wilson books. A great book to read!

    5out of 5
  3. starburst36
    on 29 November 2014

    It was cool but Diamond got a scary life. I wonder what it is like to be like her is it fun.

    5out of 5
  4. readingrocks10
    on 20 September 2014

    The book was amazing, I love it when Diamond changes her name, her proper name was Ellen-Jane and when she grew up she changed her name to Diamond

    5out of 5
  5. jlsrule
    on 15 September 2014


  6. 2005olivia2
    on 3 September 2014

    “Bad Beppo!!” This book is about the ups and downs of life when running away.