Another fine tale from former children’s laureate Jacqueline Wilson. 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 she has an extraordinary gift for acrobatics, Diamond uses her talents to earn a few pennies, but brings shame on her family. Then a mysterious, cruel-eyed stranger spots her performing and makes a deal with her father and Diamond is sold for five guineas, and is taken to become an acrobat at Tanglefield’s Travelling Circus.
The crowds adore Diamond, but her life is far from glamorous!
Diamond by Jacqueline Wilson, £6.99, www.randomhouse.co.uk