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Baby Love

By: Jacqueline Wilson
Narrated by: Tamla Kari
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A heartbreaking, compelling and timely story for older listeners about teen pregnancy, family trouble and unlikely friendships, set in 1960.

When Laura meets a French exchange student, Leon, she is flattered by his interest in her. She's never had any sort of boyfriend before.

One night, Leon walks Laura home - and her life will never be the same again.

Things start to change for Laura - first her moods and then her body. Laura isn't prepared for what she learns next - and doesn't even know how it could have happened.

When her family learns her secret, they are horrified. Sent away to save them from shame, Laura meets girls just like herself, whose families have given up on them - and they become a family for each other at the most difficult time in all their lives.

An emotional and moving tale for fans of Dear Nobody and Juno.

©2022 Jacqueline Wilson (P)2022 Penguin Audio
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An amazing book

I loved it, it's very realistic and so moving. Another amazing book. Thank you.

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Powerful Story that needs to be told

I enjoyed this story from start to finish. I especially love Laura, a young naive and strong-minded young lady. This is one of the best books I have read by J W to date.

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Lovely read

I really enjoyed this book. It gives great insight into what it must have been like to be a teenage mum.

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Interesting

This 1960’s set tale follows fourteen year old Laura Peterson, who, is living an ordinary life with friends and crushes, like a regular teenager .

However, she turns her life upside down as without realising it, has made a baby and is pregnant. She consequently moves to Heathcote House, where she follows the guidelines set to grow a happy baby.

Laura meets friends and enemies at her time there. But she is worried that she will be forced to put her baby up for adoption, as many of her friends, though first refusing too, have had to give her babies away.

(I won’t spoil the rest for you all!!)



This book is not perhaps for the original target readers of Wilson (ten to twelve year olds) but rather targeted at an older, more mature audience. It completed its mission successfully. The story itself was sensitive and brilliant, though I thought the ending was slightly abrupt - resulting in me marking it down a star- but the narration was flawless and wonderful. Usually it takes me a few hours to like the narrators voice but I liked Tamla Karl’s immediately and immensely.

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Just brilliant!

Jacqueline Wilson's first book for older readers and it's just fantastic! The narrator was really
good and although this was an emotional read it was not too hard reading at all. Hope she has more books for older readers!

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Beautiful!

I was hooked! Such a beautiful story with a meaningful message. The reader gave each character a different voice where you could distinctively tell who was speaking. Would definitely recommend!

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An enjoyable, insightful story

Enjoyable and well narrated. It has given me a better understanding of what my mum would have gone through as a you unmarried mum in the 1960's. Thankfully she found the daughter she was made to give away.

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Nostalgic and perfectly written

I read this book in a couple of days. The descriptions of the food of the time, the television programmes and of life in the 60’s are so on point. A true reflection of my experience as a teenage unmarried mother. How times have changed and so much for the better. A beautiful story.

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Gripping and Beautiful

One of the best books I’ve read in years. So beautiful and emotional.
It gives such a great insight into teen pregnancy in the 60s and all the stigma and mistreatment of unmarried mothers.
The way Jacquline Wilson writes is so gripping, she embodies the voice of a 14 year old girl flawlessly and I found Laura such a wonderfully realistic young girl, her naivety is highly realistic and she’s an extremely likeable character.
The other wonderful young girls that are introduced along the way are characterised brilliantly, and I really empathised with everyone’s stories.
I cannot recommend this book enough, it’s an utterly enchanting read.

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Beautiful Story

Heartbreaking and truly wonderful. This story describes how a teenage girls life gets turned upside down and follows her emotions and thoughts in such a gorgeous way.

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