Hetty author Jacqueline Wilson was doing some charity work for the Coram Society, who work closely with the Foundling Museum in London. They suggested that Jacqueline should write a book about a Victorian Foundling, and almost immediately Hetty Feather sprang to her mind.
Set in London in 1876, the story itself starts at the Foundling Hospital – our heroine Hetty Feather is abandoned as a baby at the hospital, but gets fostered until age 5 by her kind-hearted foster parents. who live in a big house with other foundlings and the couple’s own children.
However when a circus moves into town, our feisty Hetty sneak off to see the show. Hetty is mesmerized by what she sees but has to soon return to the Foundling Hospital to begin her schooling. She misses her friends, especially Jem who has promised to marry her when she comes of age, but Hetty now has the chance to find her real mother. Will she find her in the circus?