Opal Plumstead (novel)
Author Jacqueline Wilson
Illustrator Nick Sharratt
Publication date September 2014
Published by Doubleday
Publication Order
Preceded by
Paws and Whiskers
Followed by
The Butterfly Club
Opal Plumstead is a novel by Jacqueline Wilson. It is about a fourteen-year-old girl called Opal, who is close to her father, Ernest Plumstead, who works in a shipping office. He spends money on Opal, her sister Cassie, and her mother Lou. It turns out that Ernest had stole the money from his office, by writing a cheque. He is sent to prison and Opal has to work at The Fairyglen Sweet factory to earn money for her family. She meets a mean girl called Patty, who was incredibly mean to opal Plumstead. Cassie, opals older sister, tells lies about loving a man named Philip, when she was actually meeting a man called Daniel Evandale who is much older than Cassie, the first time she went to his house he was painting her portrait and said she had a beautiful figure. Opal goes to suffragette meetings with Mrs Roberts, the factory owner. She also befriends her son Morgan, who leaves for the first world war. He is shot by a sniper, and leads to Opal wanting to believe in ghosts.