At My Door by Deb Fitzpatrick

9781925162707_WEBLARGEDeliveries usually come in a van. Deliveries are often heavy boxes or oddly shaped padded bags. Deliveries do not come late on a school night. They don’t come in a speeding car. And they don’t cry.

At My Door is the story of 10 year old Poppy and her family, who wake in the middle of the night to find a baby dumped on their front doorstep.

Told from Poppy’s point of view, we follow 24 hours of police and social services visits, and the hunt for the baby’s parents.

A story that reflects on the different lives of children, At My Door is a restrained comment on the importance of valuing a strong family unit.

This book is aimed at middle readers and does not go into any topics in too much detail, so it is good for young readers. The family are typical – Mum, Dad, daughter, son, and dog. I hope that one day, family units are reflected a little more accurately in mainstream publishing. There are many different types of families! Some of the words attributed to Poppy are a little grown up for a 10 year old. But, she is a believable and likable.

3.5/5

 

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