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Sapphire Battersea (Hardback)

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A fascinating, funny and moving Victorian-era novel featuring Hetty Feather. Hetty Feather is a Foundling Hospital girl and was given her name when she was left there as a baby by her mother. But she always longed to be called Sapphire, after her sapphire-blue eyes. When she is reunited with her mother, she hopes her new name, Sapphire Battersea, will also mean a new life! But life doesn’t always go as planned…Follow the twists and turns of Hetty’s adventure as she goes out to work as a maid for a wealthy man. She longs to be reunited with her childhood sweetheart Jem – but also finds a new sweetheart, Bertie the butcher’s boy, who whisks her away from her household chores to experience the delights of the funfair! But Hetty’s life may also take a darker path. Can she cope with the trials ahead?

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Accelerated Reader

AR book level: 5.3; Middle years; 12.0 points




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  1. sabihah
    on 22 December 2011

    sapphire battersea

    brilliant book would recomend it to over 9 year olds :)
    pls put on accelerated reader

    5 out of 5

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  1. bright303
    on 18 January 2016

    Finished this book last night! My World Book Day goal achieved! What are you going to be?

    5 out of 5
  2. pink-lemonade-cupcake
    on 2 June 2014

    fab book. must read

    5 out of 5
  3. Sportsgal
    on 17 March 2014

    I think this book is beautiful, I adore Victorian times! People say it’s sad but I don’t think it is, even when her mum dies I know she is still with Sapphire. I’m now reading Emerald Star.

    P.S I also got the book signed by Jacqueline Wilson herself! How exiting! : ]

    5 out of 5
  4. books2000
    on 8 March 2014

    its good

  5. sparklesheep02
    on 7 March 2014

    WONDERFUL BOOK! Read for a emotional twist of drama and excitement!!

    5 out of 5
  6. roseyclo
    on 6 March 2014


  7. lebbyland27
    on 6 March 2014

    I love the hetty feather books, they are awesome. especially this one

    5 out of 5
  8. Catherine0703
    on 6 March 2014

    You should definitely read as it is fantastic

  9. Cheerforevers
    on 5 March 2014

    This is the second book in the series.

  10. keepout
    on 23 February 2014

    This was one of the longest books I have read the story was ok but the ending was too short….

  11. abby840
    on 22 March 2013

    this book is great! its sad but sometimes happy it makes u cry a bit, and is about sapphire trying to find her mother.

  12. samcharlie123
    on 8 March 2013

    A great book, one of 3 Hetty Feather books. I love the whole series!

    This book is sad in the end, but it’s still amazing!

    5 out of 5
  13. KarlMagic33
    on 8 March 2013

    Really Good!

  14. bugzy72
    on 7 March 2013

    its a good book

  15. natashakrywald
    on 5 March 2013


  16. lap312i
    on 4 March 2013

    cant wait to read the third one

  17. TheMileLongBookshelfBlog
    on 4 March 2013

    Hetty Feather (or as she prefers to be known, Sapphire Battersea) has returned. Fourteen years old and her last day at the Foundling Hospital. Soon to be pushed into the harsh, unknown, outside world, she becomes a servant for a sly old man. Hetty tries to be reunited with her mother, but things don’t quite go to plan.

    I found this book really depressing and it really upset me in places. I actually read another review of this book on Amazon, where a woman’s nine-year-old daughter actually burst into tears whilst reading this because it was so sad, and I can almost relate to that. Happy moments in this book were non-existent.

    Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed this book a lot. It was really interesting, the characters were great and well-developed and the plot was gripping. Love the cover too! I was actually late for school one day because I couldn’t put the book down! The only flaw is that I’d start reading the book happily and when I finished I was sad and miserable, and not because it was the end of the book.

    Not a very light-hearted read and not entirely believable in places. Otherwise, though, this was quite a good book. Even though the age rating is 9+ I would recommend it to 11+. I recommend this book to fans of Jacqueline Wilson and fans of the Victorian-era. 3.5/5.

  18. lucysuperdream
    on 4 March 2013

    It is a great book to read and like the part when she gets away from the nasty master ;)

    5 out of 5
  19. lmdrld
    on 4 March 2013

    Sapphire batter sea is the second book in series and hetty sets out to find her mother.

  20. TwilightTeamEdward
    on 30 January 2013

    I really liked this book.

  21. hotlol275
    on 2 January 2013

    This book is one of the best books I’ve ever read.Those who haven’t read this book have gotta read this amazing book.In some of the depressing parts like when hettys mum died I cried ALOT.

    10000 / 10000

    5 out of 5
  22. bensgirl16
    on 18 November 2012

    great 5 star

    5 out of 5
  23. funnycupcake
    on 10 October 2012

    Absolutely amazing!!!! I loved it! Five stars!

    5 out of 5
  24. sapphireblue5356
    on 5 August 2012

    this is my own story well only a short start the rest is coming!

        My name is Savannah Fee. And don't make fun of it. It's my name and nobody can ever take it from me. When i was little i always used to look up into the skies above and just sit there and conjure up wild daydreams. I love writing stories as well, but i never finish them.My mum says that i stick my head in the clouds all day long.

    My mum used to look at me and say i’ll be her beloved daughter for all eternity. She says i have gleaming hazel eyes that fill the place with glee and tufts of flaming red hair, peeping out of my hat. I felt that no one in the universe could be as astounding as my mother, until i was separated from her. I was taking a stoll in the park with mum when three men wearing black suits grabbed me by my arm and whisked me away in a dark van. I started to imagined mother sobbing into her jacket and calling out my name, constantly repeating ‘Savanna! Savannah!’

    like it i hope ill be like jacqueline one day

    5 out of 5
  25. lily2000
    on 27 July 2012

    this is the best book i have ever read by Jacqueline wilson i cant wait to see emerald star and four and it -tottaly five star if u want her mags just tell me ill answer you

    5 out of 5
  26. pianosrock
    on 14 July 2012

    This follow up to Hetty Feather is absoluotley amazing!.I am not really in to sad storys but this I love.I hope other readers will enjoy it too.

    5 out of 5
  27. nellyanna1
    on 11 July 2012

    Oh dear! Where shall I start? Read Hetty Feather first! This is an amazing book. I never cry at a sad book but this time I did. Oh, I just feel so sorry for Hetty. Everything changes just like that. That was one thing I disliked – just when she’d got her new life sorted, it disappeared. I really liked reading about her Sundays with Bertie. He was quite a comical character – carefree and confident. I really hope Hetty does fall for him! I can’t wait for the next book but I hope it’s much longer! Though Sapphire Battersea was almost 400 pages long, I finished it in three days. I want the next to be 4 times the length! An amazing book. My absolute favourite! When is the next coming out? I must know!! I’m reading it for the second time. I tried other books but I couldn’t bare being away from it for so long!

    5 out of 5
  28. GogirlOMG
    on 4 July 2012

    i love the 2nd book because it is even more amazing !! i would defiantly recomed it

  29. littleturtle262
    on 1 July 2012

    A good sequel. Cant wait to read the next book.

    4 out of 5
  30. ab52725
    on 6 June 2012

    Best BOOOOOOKKKKKKK Ever I cant wait till the next boook comes out i know what it is called it is called Emerald Star i cant wait for my libary to get the book so my mom is going to buy the 3 books for my brithday I think Hetty likes Jem more than Brite because in the next book ….......????i am not going to say anymore.

    5 out of 5
  31. lubylu7
    on 7 May 2012

    that was brilliant id love to read it all time

    5 out of 5
  32. smelanora
    on 24 April 2012

    It puts the zing in amaZING! ;) I can’t wait for the next book in line in the sapphire battersea/ hetty feather series! <3

    5 out of 5
  33. Happybunny995
    on 11 March 2012

    It’s really sad, but fantastic! :)

  34. AmyXx
    on 6 March 2012

    Must read. I will say no more and let you see for yourself:’)

  35. smileitsfriday
    on 5 March 2012

    Bertie or Jem? I thought bertie was really nice, but sapphire always wants jem. It’s like a romance story but not, in a way. * * * + 1/2

  36. nikki657
    on 3 March 2012

    Exciting, interesting, lots of twists and turns – great! Loving it

  37. eve624860
    on 2 March 2012

    it looks emotianal

  38. cowmoo1170
    on 2 March 2012

    I think this is perfect. I really enjoyed it and I can not wait for the next in the series

    5 out of 5
  39. kicky105
    on 1 March 2012

    Exciting, interesting, lots of twists and turns – great!

  40. aeroaeromonkey
    on 1 March 2012

    This book is all about what hetty believes is right and what she will do to get it.

    5 out of 5
  41. Princessforever58
    on 1 March 2012

    This was the best adventure book I have ever read. And knowing what happened in the first book made it even better. Sapphire Battersea is my all time favourite character.

  42. indigobeam
    on 1 March 2012

    This book is amazing! It is well-written, well-paced and a perfect sequel to Hetty Feather. It has a brilliant plot line and amazing characters, Jacqueline Wilson has clearly put a lot of time and effort into this book and it has payed off. A fantastic read.

  43. salimisra
    on 1 March 2012

    this book is the second book to hetty feather where she gets split up from her mom, but will she ever meet her again? read it to find out

    5 out of 5
  44. ToxicTiger
    on 1 March 2012

    This is the sequel to Hetty Feather, and it is amazing. A sad thing happens in the book, and it made me cry, but the overall book is absolutely fab!

  45. Madzie
    on 22 January 2012

    5/5 really good but very sad though sob!

    5 out of 5
  46. rubberducky300
    on 2 January 2012

    It was an amazig book i really thought that she wasn’t going to get in touch with her mother….but in the end it was a happy ending i luuuv jacqueline wilson !!!!! :D

  47. pawprint2
    on 13 December 2011

    I love this book!!!So sad but in the end it is happy I guess.I recomend this to any one who wants to read it but if you read it your gonna have to be able to take sad stuff well!

    5 out of 5
  48. summer12000
    on 13 December 2011

    this was a brilliant book you should really read it asppecially if you love sad heartbreacking and love and family stories i would recomend you read the first series in this book first (hettty feather)as you will understand it more i rate this 5 out of 5

    5 out of 5
  49. BookxLoverx11
    on 27 November 2011

    This book was brilliant because Hetty or should I say Sapphire finally gets her freedom and ventures into the outside world. But not everything is as it should be. A tragic but light hearted tale of romance, friendship, loyalty and loss.

  50. BlackPunkluver
    on 15 November 2011

    I loved reading this book, it is very emotional I won’t spoil it for you lot! I would recommend it to everyone!

    5 out of 5
  51. Zoomy
    on 13 November 2011

    I think this is a heart breaking story but i can promise you there is a happy ending and i adore red hair I WISH I HAD RED HAIR But mines black (how dull is that!!!) and I’m so HAPPY I FOUND SUCH A COOL BOOK

    4 out of 5
  52. jacquelinewilsonmad365
    on 31 October 2011

    Brilliant, a great plot line, quite funny in place but in some places is very sad. It has got a happy ending though. I can’t wait for the last one to complete the trilogy. This book did make me cry but that really doesn’t take much!

  53. lotus-flower
    on 23 October 2011

    I just loved this book! Because hetty has had such a bad life at the foundling hospital and is about to leave to her new life but its no as good as it seems, she looses so much and you really feel sorry for her but still its an amazing book!

    5 out of 5
  54. Lozaxx
    on 22 October 2011

    this book is AMAZING! i recommend it to anyone x

    5 out of 5
  55. nidi99
    on 18 October 2011

    i LOVE jacqueline wilson and my fav book is sapphire battersea !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    5 out of 5
  56. Book-Club-Review-Team
    on 18 October 2011

    Sapphire Battersea is a very interesting book and once again Jacqueline Wilson has not and will not disappoint any of her readers.

    I loved Hetty Feather. So I could not wait until this book came out.

    It is what it says on the blurb. it is a tale of family, friendship, first love and loss. You certainly won’t believe your eyes.

    I rate this book 5 out of 5 in every category.

    Lauren, age 10

    Thank you sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo much for Sapphire Battersea. It is an awesome, mind-blowing book.

    My favourite character was Jim because he was really nice to Hetty in the story and he kept in touch with her and didn’t get annoyed when Hetty didn’t recognize him. My least favourite character was Ida Battersea because she left Hetty at the Foundling Hospital and Hetty got really sick. It was a real privilege having the chance to read this book because this book will not come out until September 2011, so thank you very much. I absolutely enjoyed it and i would rate this book 10/10 because it’s mind-blowing, astonishing, amazing and just thrilling.

    Safa, age 11

  57. flossy1998
    on 17 October 2011

    Om gosh this book is so amazing because Hetty’s mum is ….. I don’t want to give too much away but you’ll know what I mean when you finshed , Hetty love life is just chaotic I really want her to marry Gideon or Bertie but I bet she’ll she won’t marry him. This book took me about a week to finsh the illustrations are amazing ! truss =] enjoy this book all

    5 out of 5