After finding an abandoned baby, 13-yr-old Amy sets out to find the mother.
On her way home from school, 13-year-old Amy finds a newborn baby abandoned at the village bus stop. It's wrong, just like when Mum walked out on Amy and her sister ten years ago - so she tries to fix it, by finding the baby's mother. But as Amy searches, she uncovers another story, a secret even closer to home.
A thought-provoking story exploring the complexities of family, friends and making difficult choices.
Amy and Eden are on their way home one night when Amy hears a strange sound. She backtracks to find it and discovers a tiny day-old baby in a cardboard box in the bus stop. Shocked, she takes her home and shows her dad who calls the police. Who would desert their new born baby?
Thoughts of the baby fill Amy’s head in the coming days as well as trying to figure out if her best friend Isobel stole her new purse from school. In the meantime, Amy’s grandmother (called Zelda by her granddaughters) has decided to tidy up all her old photos etc and create a bucket list, and she wants Amy to help her with it.
During their time together they discuss the baby Amy found and begin looking for the mother. They talk about why she might have left the baby – her reasons, her circumstances. Maybe she had no other choice?
With her anger at the mother of the abandoned baby, her confusion about her best friend and Zelda acting strangely, Amy has has a lot to deal with, but after a long ago secret is revealed, Amy comes to terms with issues about her own mother.
When sisters Amy and Eden walk home after getting off the bus after school, they never would expect to find an abandoned baby, but they do.
After taking it home to their dad and calling the police, the story follows the girls learning more about another abandoned baby that was found back in 1966.
As their grandma, Zelda helps research the baby from the past, she acts shifty whilst also being overly keen to help investigate the latest abandoned baby's history and see if anyone in their village saw anything the night she was found.
Zelda then reveals a huge secret the family have to adjust to as they begin to track down a special new member of their family...
Throughout this story, the girls face how they to were abandoned in a way by their mum as she lives abroad in Australia, Amy also has to deal with friendship issues as she questions all of them after her Christmas money and her new purse go missing.
A hidden secret can have the biggest of impacts only the story here showed us family comes first as they stick together and embraced the new. Zelda was a lovely caring grandma and Amy a determined young girl. It was gutting they couldn't keep the baby and I would've loved to see whom was the abandoning parent in the end as I wondered if it would be another young girl plot twist.
Highbury Upton is a sleepy, rural town where nothing ever happens. That is until Amy hears a strange mewling noise coming from the bus shelter on her way home. She finds a tiny baby left all alone. As Amy delves into the past to find the baby’s mother, she stumbles on a secret hidden long ago that will change everything.
Bus Stop Baby, by Fleur Hitchcock, is a touching story about friendship, family and abandonment. It is very truthful about the highs and lows of teenage friendship, with minor disagreements being worked up into major arguments. While most books look at school through a rose-tinted lens, this book does not which is a nice change from your standard pre-teen fare.
Amy is a great narrator, flawed but lovable. She views the world as a black or white style of justice with things either being morally right or wrong. Over the course of the book though, she learns to see from the other person’s point of view and to appreciate that life isn’t always that clear-cut.
This book is perfect for fans of authors like Jacqueline Wilson or Cathy Cassidy as it deals with sensitive issues in a passionate but poignant way.
The ending for the book is sweet and hopeful, which perfectly wraps up this heart-warming story.
Amy is een echt tienermeisje dat o zo zeker is van hoe het moet zijn. Zij weet wat goed is en wat fout, er zijn geen grijze gebieden, je maakt immers zelf de keuze? Dus de moeder die haar baby te vondeling legt in het bushokje is fout. En Amy wil haar vinden en dat duidelijk maken. Ondertussen vraagt oma aan Amy om haar te helpen bij een soort bucketlist. En gaandeweg ontdekt Amy dat de volwassenen om haar heen helemaal niet zo overtuigd zijn van wat goed is en wat fout. Het wordt allemaal heel erg lastig als Amy ontdekt dat oma zelf als 16 jarig meisje ook zwanger is geraakt... Een boek dat vooral meisjes vanaf 11 jaar zal aanspreken.
Read this book as we had it donated for our school library (primary age) and wanted to see whether it was suitable to be in there. I enjoyed the story and couldn't put it down. Liked the themes of the story and how it made the character question her belief system. Ending brought a tear to my eye. worth reading, would recommend though i'm not sure it would be a primary school book (maybe year 6)
What happens when a young girl finds a baby at a bus stop? What happens after? Amy has her own life worries but finding a baby has brought old emotions flooding back. She's determined to find the baby's mother and reunite them. But it's not as simple as she thinks.
Beautifully written & structured story for ages 9-13, about foundlings & all things lost & found. It is a deceptively simple, multilayered text which perfectly captures the voice of 13 year old Amy. So glad to have found this author.
A book with a warm heart and a positive message at its core.
The book centres on Amy and Eden, who find a baby in a bus stop on their way home from school. Amy and Eden are teenage girls and live with their father, Martin after their mother ran off with her fancy man to Australia. Amy and Eden also have the support of Zelda, Martin's mother who also happens to live in the village.
Very much central to this book is the family unit and the theme of right and wrong (and how things aren't always black or white). This book is well structured, the characters are all very believable and whilst finding a baby is obviously highly unusual, the every-day life pattern of Amy and Eden seems oddly familiar.
I suspect that this book isn't really aimed at 37 year men (though I did enjoy it), but if I had a 13 year old daughter, then I would encourage her to read it.
A very worthwhile book for young tweens to read in that time when they're so sure of everything, judgemental and see the world as black or white. Written in a way that is immediately immersive I can see this becoming a favourite with my realistic fiction fans.