The Baby
Lisa Drakeford
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UK Price: £7.99
Format: Paperback
Age: 13+ & YA
Size: 198x129mm
ISBN: 978-1-910002-23-0
Publication date: July 2015

World Rights. Rights sold: France, Germany

An outstanding debut from an author shortlisted for the Times/Chicken House Children’s Fiction Competition.


When Olivia opens the bathroom door, the last thing she expects to see is her best friend Nicola giving birth on the floor – and to say Nicola is surprised is an understatement. She’s not ready to be a mum, and she needs Olivia’s help. But Olivia has her own problems – specifically her bullying boyfriend, Jonty, and keeping an eye on younger sister Alice. And then there’s Nicola’s friend Ben, who’s struggling with secrets of his own …

‘Don’t disturb Mrs Greasly next door. You know how cross she gets about noise late at night.’ Her mum tugs with anxious fingers at her handbag.
‘I know.’ Olivia nods.
‘And don’t excite Sandy.’

Strange things happen at parties. THE BABY is about the effect an unexpected birth at a party has on the five people involved. I like the idea that one incident can have an impact on all the people around it and this impact is different depending on how you are connected to the event. I find it interesting that we can all have a different view on one single thing. 

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