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Dustbin Baby
by Jacqueline Wilson (more about Jacqueline Wilson) 1372/44 illustrated by Nick Sharratt
first published 2001
Real Life Drama for ages 9 to 15 published by Doubleday
Available from:  Amazon.co.uk
* £8.79, 
Mrs Mad's humble opinion
10/10 Excellent work. Well done!
What's it about?
One girl's journey of self-discovery!
What happens?
April's 14th birthday is not a happy day, let's face it she's not happy with her life. Left in a dustbin at birth, she feels a growing need to know about her birth mother. She has experienced a lot of unhappiness and betrayal by those who were supposed to be caring for her and everything is coming to a head today, but can she find her future path by retracing the past?
Is it easy to read?
As with all her books this is easy to read, but I do feel it needs some maturity to approach the subject matter with understanding.
Anything else?
What can I say about Jacqueline Wilson, her work is so important to young readers today. She should be on every bookshelf that readers have access to. This story covers the world of teenage identities and the need for a solid history to give confidence and security. Wilson shows an understanding of the self-questioning which teenagers go through, but it is multiplied here because April genuinely has no idea who her parents were or why she was abandoned.
Other books by Jacqueline Wilson include Bad Girls, Buried Alive!, Cliffhanger, Connie and the Water Babies, Double Act, Girls in Love, Girls Out Late, Girls Under Pressure, Glubbslyme, How to Survive Summer Camp, Lizzie Zipmouth, Lola Rose, Midnight, My Brother Bernadette, Secrets, Sleepovers, The Bed and Breakfast Star, The Cat Mummy, The Dare Game, The Illustrated Mum, The Lottie Project, The Mum-Minder, The Story of Tracy Beaker, The Suitcase Kid, The Werepuppy, Twin Trouble, Vicky Angel.
Who says so?
This review by Mrs Mad.
The publisher reckons...
Discovered as a newborn baby in a dustbin, April's life has never been easy. Moved from place to place, she has little sense of who she really is. After a row on the morning of her 14th birthday, April storms out determined to look back at her past and find out where she really comes from.
And what do you think?
Claudia Flavell, Spratton Hall School, Northampton
Some of it was alright but the rest was totally boring
jessica Woolley, hertingfordbury cowper jmi
Dustbin Baby is about a teenage girl who was abandoned at birth in a dustbin behind a pizza place. She never found her real parents. Through her life she has been moved from place to place. Now on her 14th birthday she is on a mission to find her real par
Jenni Hollander, Godolphin and Latymer School, London
As all Jacqueline Wilson's books are, this book was a little confusing at the beginning with all the main characters being introduced and the plot being unravelled. The main plot was a little overreacted - it would be impossible for a girl who's been thro More...
Ellie neal, st.barts
The dustbin baby, a great name to start a great book. The idea of being left in a bin at birth is something that you may never had thought of for a entising strory with a strong heart. 14 year old april (whos named that because she was born on april the f More...
Stephanie, Gravesend
Dustbin Baby is a very emotional book containing a lot of real life stories and features. I think it is a excellent story and could help a lot of young people in the same situation and hopefully answer many of their troubling questions.
Bethany, St. Bedes, Peterlee
I think that the dustbin baby is a very good book because, it is really emotional and fun to read. On some parts of the book I couldn"t put it down because I wanted to read on to find out what happened next. I would rate the book 8/10
nadira, west acton
dustbin baby is very sad on april because she hasen"t got a clue about her background
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