There have been lots of people she’s called Mum, and now she lives with Marion, but April wishes she could remember her birth mother. She even wonders if it might be possible to find her. Perhaps if April can achieve her ambition, she will feel strong enough to shake off the nicknames and the memories of some awful times in her past for ever.
Tessa Peake-Jones reads ‘Dustbin Baby’, a compelling listen for older children about one girl's search for her real family.
Jacqueline Wilson has sold over 20 million books in the UK and has been awarded an OBE for services to literacy in schools. Among her many awards are the Smarties Prize, the Guardian Children’s Fiction Award and Blue Peter’s People’s Choice Award.
At times funny, at times poignant but always a great read, award-winning children’s author Jacqueline Wilson has been entertaining children and adults alike with her books for many years, and is one of the most beloved children’s authors of her time. In this, one of her darker novels, we meet April, who was abandoned in a dustbin when she was born and has never known her real mother.
During the course of this compelling and moving tale we follow her as she attempts to come to terms with her past and hopefully find out where she really came from. April thinks that in doing so she will finally be able to face the future and shake off her traumatic experiences, as well as some of the more unsavoury nicknames that she gets called by other kids.
This tragic but ultimately uplifting novel demonstrates Wilson’s ability to tackle darker subject matter in a compelling way that her audience can engage and identify with. Read by Tessa Peake-Jones and available to purchase here either as a CD audiobook or a downloadable MP3 audiobook, this highly acclaimed novel has also been successfully adapted into a BBC dramatization.