Reviewed by Nicola Erickson
From the world of Hetty Feather comes Diamond by Jacqueline Wilson. This is a story of a young girl with amazing acrobatic skills who, due to the circumstances at home, is forced to join the circus.
Similar to other Jacqueline Wilson stories some of the content can be quite dark and, if you are reading this with your child, you may need to explain some of the situations e.g. parents death during childbirth and physical punishments.
With that said there are still many uplifting and funny moments to enjoy.
As expected the style of writing is similar to the Tracey Beaker stories and the author deals with similar unconventional family set-ups and situations. I believe this is a good thing as it makes our children aware that not everyone has the same upbringing and encourages empathy and understanding.
Overall I would say that this is an entertaining story with diverse characters in unusual situations. It tackles various issues in a way that is easily understood by young readers. I would recommend this book and would like to read other stories from the series.
A gripping read.
RRP: £12.99 (Hardback), £6.99 (Paperback)
Available to buy from Random House here.