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April doesn’t know who she is. She was dumped in a dustbin as a baby, fourteen years ago. After years in and out of foster homes, she’s finally settled with a new foster mother, Marion. But who is she really, and where did she come from? One day, April decides it’s time to find out. The journey to discover her roots will take her to all kinds of sad, happy and unexpected places – but will it bring her what she really wants: the truth? A moving but accessible tale of self-discovery, written in Jacqueline Wilson’s unique and acclaimed voice.

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Corgi Childrens

Date published

March 1st, 2007

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Accelerated Reader

AR book level: 4.4; Middle years plus; 5.0 points

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  • 160 pages




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  1. Cyrilthecat
    on 23 March 2018

    Such a good and really emotional book! Would definitely recommend!

    5out of 5
  2. Blossom-1
    on 20 October 2016

    I am not that far in the book, but so far it is really good.

    4out of 5
  3. poppy3137
    on 22 June 2016

    i loved the book it was so descriptive, in my opinion it was an excellent story. i loved the way it was so intriguing and just an all in all positive book.i would highly recommend it, once you pick it up you cant put it back down.

    5out of 5
  4. LF2
    on 6 March 2016

    Loved it!

    5out of 5
  5. elzlovesreading
    on 2 May 2014

    I liked the movie. It was sad but intresting

    5out of 5
  6. nastyboots
    on 3 April 2014

    i liked this book but it got me into a muddle when it turned out that she had been telling the story, not that we had been through her life. i would have never thought that book was all just one day

    5out of 5
  7. bookaholic202
    on 9 March 2014

    This is so sad I can’t imagine living without a mom…..

  8. loobyloulou123
    on 9 March 2014

    I absolutely love Dustbin Baby its such a interesting yet sad story. I recommend this book too teens so 9-14 years old. Its quite a quick read and has 5-10 paged chapters.

    5out of 5
  9. Rumaitha12
    on 9 March 2014

    This book made me cry. It was so sad

  10. bee100xxx
    on 8 March 2014

    April is confused about her life, she doesn’t know who her real parents or what they look like all she knows is that she was dumped in a dustbin 14 years ago. Finally she decides to explore her Family life and find out the truth .Will she ever get to find out the Truth about herself?...

    4out of 5
  11. zippy123
    on 8 March 2014

    great book which was very touching.

  12. Leahka99
    on 8 March 2014

    I think dust bin baby is really sad and upsetting because she was found in a dustbin and her mother just dummped her there but in the book April sakes her foster mum for a phone but her foster mum said no so she goes off to look for her foster place with her friends awesome

  13. books2000
    on 8 March 2014

    its good

  14. Aslan16
    on 6 March 2014

    Full of buckets load of suspense!

    5out of 5
  15. peddiereddie
    on 6 March 2014

    Dustbin baby brought tears to my eyes. Fountains sprouted from my eyes. It’s very depressing. Obviously it’s worth reading! I really like this adventure, truthful book.

    5out of 5
  16. roseyclo
    on 4 January 2014


  17. vampglamdork
    on 7 June 2013

    fantabulous and touching!

    5out of 5
  18. Emster123
    on 7 April 2013

    For me this is one of my favourite Jacqueline Wilson books but I have to say this book isn’t for the faint hearted, it’s bound to bring tears to your eyes so by warned! I don’t normally cry at books but I have to admit this nearly did! This book is all about a girl called April who was found in a dustbin, unwanted as a baby. As soon as she is a teenager she tries to discover the truth about her past it takes her to all sorts of places that she would never dream to go…

    I would recommend this book to 10-15 year olds as it is quite sad! xx

  19. abby840
    on 22 March 2013

    this book is amazing i give it ten out of ten!

  20. queenie13
    on 8 March 2013

    have read the book and watched the movie. i think there both great.

    5out of 5
  21. samcharlie123
    on 8 March 2013

    This book is about a girl called April who sets off one day to find out who she really is.

    4out of 5
  22. KarlMagic33
    on 8 March 2013

    Really Good!

  23. ellie-melay27
    on 7 March 2013

    this is a sad book, even though i quite like it. it isn’t as good as jw’s other books but it is still alright read

  24. bugzy72
    on 7 March 2013

    its a good book

  25. bouncybunny
    on 5 March 2013

    I didn’t really like this book its a little boring for me , I didn’t like the ending either I thought april would a least find her mother or something

  26. madistar23
    on 29 August 2012

    Amazing story about a girl who’d been abandoned. Don’t watch the movie before you’ve read the book. It will make much more sense.

  27. Wildcat95
    on 17 June 2012


  28. lemonade123
    on 12 May 2012

    NOT FOR ANYONE UNDER THE AGE OF 11!!! But for anyone 11 and over its quite superb :)

    4out of 5
  29. jenicha
    on 25 March 2012

    its so nice

  30. Flissy22
    on 6 March 2012

    im not rely a fan of j.wilson but i rely like this book also i enjoyed reading it.

  31. kicky105
    on 1 March 2012

    I loved this book. When April was young, her father left and her mother killed her self. April has gone in and out of foster homes until she finally finds a place. But will it go well…?

  32. kola5689
    on 1 March 2012

    Very touching

  33. salimisra
    on 1 March 2012

    a girl called april who gets thrown in the dustbin the minuite she was born and she is determined to find her real mother now that she is 14 but will she? a very adventrous book which is quiet sad and is aimed at teenagers

    5out of 5
  34. angelslater
    on 1 March 2012

    abandoned and lost a young basby waits for her mum to come back. but she nevers does. as growing up as a orphan is difficult will the young child ever be reunited with her mum.

  35. flossy1998
    on 9 September 2011

    I watched the movie it’s quite sad

  36. xSairax
    on 13 August 2011

    Really sad. It gets a bit happier at the end though.

    2out of 5
  37. pingudasiy1
    on 5 July 2011

    This is a very touching tale this woman was crazy to abandon april and put her in a dustbin!!!!

    5out of 5
  38. Molly13579
    on 11 May 2011

    Hi This book was quite sad how she didnt know who her mother was. From Kim Rawlings

  39. cherry17
    on 3 March 2011

    If you are up for a bit of a cry then this book will suit you. I can’t believe her mum abanduned her by putting her in the dustbin. At least she had a bit of an happy ending in the end!

    5out of 5
  40. gethi
    on 3 March 2011

    It’s such a sad story. I can’t believe her mum abondoned her and I can’t believe she left her in a dustbin.

    4out of 5
  41. Lolo95
    on 1 March 2011

    Oh wow such a sad story her mum abonded April by putting her in the bin. Although she was bullied at her care home as a teenager she’s still looking for her long lost mother!

  42. wimpy01
    on 29 January 2011

    It was very sad I nearly cried at it

    5out of 5
  43. superstar123
    on 4 July 2010

    Thid id so cool I fel soo sorry for April her mums a mean mum leaving your new born baby in a bin who would do that ?

    5out of 5
  44. Loony
    on 26 April 2010

    I really like this book because April is very curious and is determind to find her Mum

  45. friendly202
    on 20 March 2010

    obviosly id also like it.lol!!!!!its the best book

    5out of 5
  46. zzzzrose1
    on 8 January 2010

    i love this book and i love the film they are both cool i like it when april tells us what she thinks her mum is like

    5out of 5
  47. issydb
    on 12 August 2009

    this book was amazing i loved it because it took you on a huge journey about her thrilling life

    5out of 5
  48. Fran12
    on 3 February 2009

    This book was brilliant. I am not the biggest fan of Jacqueline Wilson, but this defiantly caught my attention. It was very moving, tearful and brilliant at the same time. I recommend this to anybody who likes Jacqueline. You must read it!

    5out of 5