Rose Rivers by Jacqueline Wilson

Rose Rivers is the most recent book from the world of Hetty Feather by Jacqueline Wilson. In fact, it’s from the world of Clover Moon. We first meet Rose in Jacqueline Wilson’s earlier novel, Clover Moon. Then Hetty, Clover and Rose all come together in Hetty Feather’s Christmas.

Rose is the privileged eldest daughter of the artist who sketched Clover in Clover Moon. Rose is jealous that her twin brother, Rupert, has gone away to school. Her younger siblings aren’t much fun and she feels trapped between childhood and adulthood. She wonders why Rupert is allowed to grow up, but her mother still expects her to be a child.

Rose has a difficult relationship with her mother. Rose’s father tries to encourage her to follow in his artistic footsteps, but Rose doesn’t have her father’s talent. But when a young artist friend of her father, Paris Walker, visits the house, Rose starts to find herself more interested in art.

Meanwhile, Clover Moon moves into the house as a nurserymaid, much to Rose’s mother’s disgust. But Clover is good with small children, especially Rose’s sister Beth (who is possibly autistic, but wouldn’t have had a diagnosis in Victorian times). Clover also becomes a friend to Rose, but Rose has to be careful as her mother would disapprove of her being friends with a common servant.

Like in Dancing the Charleston, the crux of the plot happens away from the main setting – when Rose and her family travel to Scotland for New Year. The trip to Scotland threatens to blow her family apart and will have lasting consequences for Rose.

This is a wonderful read for fans of Jaqueline Wilson. or readers who are new to Jacqueline Wilson. It’s not necessary to have read Hetty Feather or Clover Moon to enjoy it, but if you haven’t read them, they are well worth a read too!

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Author: Sarah Mummy

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  1. This sounds really good. The Jacqueline Wilson books set in different eras are a great way for children to learn about history. May be a good one for my daughter’s Christmas stocking :o)

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    • I would definitely recommend it! Interestingly I went to a talk at Cheltenham Literature Festival yesterday about historical children’s books. They’re definitely a great way to learn in an enjoyable way. My daughter likes historical fiction better than books set in the present day.

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  2. Aaaaa I wish my eldest still read these books! Must get my younger two looking at them #readwithme

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    • We never tire of them! I do wonder if my daughter will ever actually grow out of them. You should definitely encourage your younger two to try them.

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  3. I’m really looking forward to when my daughter is old enough for Jacqueline Wilson! She’s 7 and a very good reader but really sensitive so we have to be careful about the content we expose her to. Hopefully in a year or two she’ll be ready for this one. #readwithme

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    • They are brilliant books, but the themes are usually upsetting to a greater or lesser extent. Definitely best for your daughter to wait a few more years if she’s sensitive.

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  4. She is such a prolific author. I did not know she wrote about times long ago though. My daughter has read some of hers. Good review that made me think these are worth looking into further, #ReadWithMe

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    • She has written a lot of historical fiction and I think her historical books are her best works. Obviously your own kids are too old for them now, but they could make good presents for younger friends or family members.

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  5. I do wish I could come up with an excuse to get into these books, but I can’t see my boys being impressed if they were in their Xmas stockings

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    • That is understandable! I don’t think there’s any boys that read them. Interestingly, I saw on Instagram yesterday that Daisy May Cooper (Kerry in This Country) reads them herself. She says Jacqueline Wilsons are the only thing she reads!

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