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'Roxy was shaking with fear. She drew in a deep breath. She would not let her fear take over. She couldn't. She had too much to lose. She had to be strong, to be brave. For once in her life she had to think of someone other than herself.' Roxy is wild, uncontrollable. She hates her parents - and her goody-two-shoes sister. Her only solace is her equally wild friends, Pat, 'Roxy was shaking with fear. She drew in a deep breath. She would not let her fear take over. She couldn't. She had too much to lose. She had to be strong, to be brave. For once in her life she had to think of someone other than herself.' Roxy is wild, uncontrollable. She hates her parents - and her goody-two-shoes sister. Her only solace is her equally wild friends, Pat, Tracey and Jacqueline. Then there is the night of the party, where she lets that boy kiss her, and more and Roxy is pregnant. Wilfully, she won't tell her mother, her family. She decides to run away to London. And in London Roxy is found by Mr and Mrs Dyce. They are understanding, sympathetic, and promise her a way out of her troubles. They will take her to a comfortable place, along with other girls in the same position and look after her and her baby - which is exactly what happens. Roxy cannot believe her luck. But Roxy eventually works out the dark truth of the outwardly genial Dyces. They are 'farming' the babies in a truly horrible way, and selling the baby organs. There is only one dramatic way out for Roxy - and it's dangerous. But she is dealing with dangerous people and she has to take it. And now she has her baby to look after. A gripping and completely compelling story of a girl forced to grow up and think of others other than herself in the most nightmare of circumstances. These circumstances would seem too horrible to be true - were they not based on fact. A network doing exactly this was discovered to be operating in Italy in 2003, causing outcry, and has formed the basis for this story.


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'Roxy was shaking with fear. She drew in a deep breath. She would not let her fear take over. She couldn't. She had too much to lose. She had to be strong, to be brave. For once in her life she had to think of someone other than herself.' Roxy is wild, uncontrollable. She hates her parents - and her goody-two-shoes sister. Her only solace is her equally wild friends, Pat, 'Roxy was shaking with fear. She drew in a deep breath. She would not let her fear take over. She couldn't. She had too much to lose. She had to be strong, to be brave. For once in her life she had to think of someone other than herself.' Roxy is wild, uncontrollable. She hates her parents - and her goody-two-shoes sister. Her only solace is her equally wild friends, Pat, Tracey and Jacqueline. Then there is the night of the party, where she lets that boy kiss her, and more and Roxy is pregnant. Wilfully, she won't tell her mother, her family. She decides to run away to London. And in London Roxy is found by Mr and Mrs Dyce. They are understanding, sympathetic, and promise her a way out of her troubles. They will take her to a comfortable place, along with other girls in the same position and look after her and her baby - which is exactly what happens. Roxy cannot believe her luck. But Roxy eventually works out the dark truth of the outwardly genial Dyces. They are 'farming' the babies in a truly horrible way, and selling the baby organs. There is only one dramatic way out for Roxy - and it's dangerous. But she is dealing with dangerous people and she has to take it. And now she has her baby to look after. A gripping and completely compelling story of a girl forced to grow up and think of others other than herself in the most nightmare of circumstances. These circumstances would seem too horrible to be true - were they not based on fact. A network doing exactly this was discovered to be operating in Italy in 2003, causing outcry, and has formed the basis for this story.

30 review for Roxy's Baby

  1. 5 out of 5

    Emily May

    This is a wow, I need to recommend this to a friend kind of book. It tells the story of a 15 year old girl called Roxy who gets pregnant by accident and sees running away as her only option. She finds herself taken in by a friendly couple who live far out in the countryside and open their home to numerous young girls who have run away pregnant. But... suspicions start to rise. Roxy is astounded by the generosity of this couple who ask for nothing in return... well, that is, apart from banning TVs This is a wow, I need to recommend this to a friend kind of book. It tells the story of a 15 year old girl called Roxy who gets pregnant by accident and sees running away as her only option. She finds herself taken in by a friendly couple who live far out in the countryside and open their home to numerous young girls who have run away pregnant. But... suspicions start to rise. Roxy is astounded by the generosity of this couple who ask for nothing in return... well, that is, apart from banning TVs and newpapers, but that's just because they don't want the girls to get upset if their parents appear on the news - isn't it? And the fact that none of the girls should leave the house, but that's just to give their babies the best protection - isn't it? This becomes an increasingly dark and frightening tale that will have you chewing your nails in anticipation and fear... because the friendly couple just have the girls' best interests at heart - don't they?

  2. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    3.5 Stars. Wow, this book surprised me! It was actually way better than I thought it would be. It moved at a really fast pace and it was a really quick read. When I found out it was based on a true story, I was so shocked! It was kind of hard to get into at the start but once she left home, it really picked up. At the start, I didn't really like Roxy all that much because she was selfish and immature but she really developed into a mature young woman. It was a heartbreaking story and I would rec 3.5 Stars. Wow, this book surprised me! It was actually way better than I thought it would be. It moved at a really fast pace and it was a really quick read. When I found out it was based on a true story, I was so shocked! It was kind of hard to get into at the start but once she left home, it really picked up. At the start, I didn't really like Roxy all that much because she was selfish and immature but she really developed into a mature young woman. It was a heartbreaking story and I would recommend it to everyone. I feel like this had a lot of potential. It could have been a massively popular 5 star book but it needed a lot of work in the execution and writing. I enjoyed it and although I think it really deserves a 3.5 star rating, I'm giving it 4 stars.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Joanna

    FUN FACT, the author came to my school to talk about this book, maybe 10 years ago??

  4. 5 out of 5

    Bex

    I first read this book in year 8 (aged 13) after borrowing it from my school library and I absolutely adored it! It went round my friend group so quickly after I forced everyone to read it! Now, in year 11 (aged 16), I rediscovered the book and could not wait to re-read it. I finished it this afternoon and I am still loving this book. Just as you start to think you know what's going to happen, MacPhail adds a new twist into the mix and you'd never predict the ending! Going allow with Roxy on her I first read this book in year 8 (aged 13) after borrowing it from my school library and I absolutely adored it! It went round my friend group so quickly after I forced everyone to read it! Now, in year 11 (aged 16), I rediscovered the book and could not wait to re-read it. I finished it this afternoon and I am still loving this book. Just as you start to think you know what's going to happen, MacPhail adds a new twist into the mix and you'd never predict the ending! Going allow with Roxy on her journey through a pregnancy only at age 14 leaves you both hooked and wanting more. Could not put this book down and will definitely be recommending!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Britt

    This is a fantastic book about a teen pregnancy and the situation that Roxy finds herself in after fleeing from her home. It's a fantastic book and is described well, it's fast paced and a quick read. The story line is exciting and the ending is unexpected and a shock. My only complaint about the book is how simply it is written, it would be more interesting if it was written in a more complicated way with a wider range of vocabulary. I'd recommend this book to young teens. This is a fantastic book about a teen pregnancy and the situation that Roxy finds herself in after fleeing from her home. It's a fantastic book and is described well, it's fast paced and a quick read. The story line is exciting and the ending is unexpected and a shock. My only complaint about the book is how simply it is written, it would be more interesting if it was written in a more complicated way with a wider range of vocabulary. I'd recommend this book to young teens.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Iona Sinclair

    Another amazing Catherine Macphail book. This has got to be my personal favourite. One of those books that you have no idea what's happening until the end, by which time i was in tears. Just amazing. Another amazing Catherine Macphail book. This has got to be my personal favourite. One of those books that you have no idea what's happening until the end, by which time i was in tears. Just amazing.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Shannon

    This book follows a young girl called Roxy who flees from her family because she is pregnant and doesn’t feel like she belongs or will be accepted by them. While running she finds a couple who want to help girls like her but things aren’t all as they seem. I have mixed feelings on this book, I really struggled to connect to Roxy. I actually found her rather annoying. Maybe if I was younger than what I am now I might have connected better. But from the offset I just found her pretty flat and when This book follows a young girl called Roxy who flees from her family because she is pregnant and doesn’t feel like she belongs or will be accepted by them. While running she finds a couple who want to help girls like her but things aren’t all as they seem. I have mixed feelings on this book, I really struggled to connect to Roxy. I actually found her rather annoying. Maybe if I was younger than what I am now I might have connected better. But from the offset I just found her pretty flat and when the story gets interesting it’s rushed through to it’s conclusion. I feel like the parts with Anne Marie and the “creepy” man popped out of the blue and were over with so fast it was hard to feel anything for them. The premise of the book is good and the writing is fine if that’s what you want but it isn’t a book for me.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Heather Milne

    I didn’t mind this book, it was ok. It felt like something I would have read around the age of 13. A friend recommended when she discovered I had never read it. I think had I read it when I was younger perhaps I would have lived it better. I think it was a really good story however I found Roxy to be a character that I didn’t like. It seemed illogical that she had doubts from the start but continued anyway. Maybe it is because I am an adult but I thought the story was good to some extent but oth I didn’t mind this book, it was ok. It felt like something I would have read around the age of 13. A friend recommended when she discovered I had never read it. I think had I read it when I was younger perhaps I would have lived it better. I think it was a really good story however I found Roxy to be a character that I didn’t like. It seemed illogical that she had doubts from the start but continued anyway. Maybe it is because I am an adult but I thought the story was good to some extent but other aspects were disappointing.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Lucy Dawson

    Read this book years ago so when I saw it in my work library I thought I'd give it a reread. As an adult I feel differently about this to what I did when I was a teenager. Although I still find the plot shocking and controversial, I am more shocked by the actions of the main character Roxy and the fact that she has no concept of stranger awareness. A good quick read with a very shocking reveal at the end. Read this book years ago so when I saw it in my work library I thought I'd give it a reread. As an adult I feel differently about this to what I did when I was a teenager. Although I still find the plot shocking and controversial, I am more shocked by the actions of the main character Roxy and the fact that she has no concept of stranger awareness. A good quick read with a very shocking reveal at the end.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Beth

    3.5 stars

  11. 5 out of 5

    Paige

    Great Really enjoyed this book, keeps you wondering and thinking what's going to happen therefore couldn't put it down recommend this to young adults Great Really enjoyed this book, keeps you wondering and thinking what's going to happen therefore couldn't put it down recommend this to young adults

  12. 4 out of 5

    Fracesca Dignan

    Addresses a very complex situation in safe way This book was well written and the story was good, I think younger teenagers would really like it ( I am 27 and a teacher ) .

  13. 5 out of 5

    Neehan

    This book took an exciting unexpected turn. Great read!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Alice Bizarre

    I first read this book during my teens and it has been on my shelf since. Well paced, Roxys Baby is brilliantly writen with serious adolescent themes yet relatable characters. X

  15. 5 out of 5

    Sinead Cathcart

    Well I finished this book in one day, after reading it when I was about 13/14 it still stuck with me although I was still surprised about the twists! And with only 160 odd pages it was a quick read for me in between WFH breaks and a long rainy night on the sofa! Another positive was I didn’t feel like I was too old to read it even though it is a children/young adult book.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Emily

    This is the story of a young girl who finds herself pregnant under age and run’s away to where she thinks is a safe place. She has always been wild and selfish and doesn’t care for her parents and sister who is a goody goody. When she finds out she is pregnant however she doesn’t want her family to know so she goes to London. There she meets the Dyce’s, an older couple who offer her sanctuary with other girls in her position. This seems great at first but there is a terrible secret yet to be lea This is the story of a young girl who finds herself pregnant under age and run’s away to where she thinks is a safe place. She has always been wild and selfish and doesn’t care for her parents and sister who is a goody goody. When she finds out she is pregnant however she doesn’t want her family to know so she goes to London. There she meets the Dyce’s, an older couple who offer her sanctuary with other girls in her position. This seems great at first but there is a terrible secret yet to be learnt and Roxy is going to have to do a lot of growing up. I read this story whilst in my early teens and I was both shocked in and drawn in by the story. I also really liked the main character of Roxy. As a teenager it is easy to find the faults in your family that seem like a good enough reason to not get on with them so this wasn’t an attribute of her personality that made me dislike her even though she was totally selfish. When she goes to London however she meets lots of other girls in similar positions to her and she see’s how they are all dealing with the situation. This is and the kindness of the Dyce’s are what start to change her I think. However it is only when things turn out to be not as the seem that her changes become more dramatic and she starts to realise that she has no option of being selfish any more . I enjoyed reading her story and how she changed and although it was the story that initially got me into the book it had the right protagonist to make it a great one.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Jessica Lister

    I love this book.  I had this book a few years ago and then through unforeseen circumstances I lost it. It was only the other day when I remembered about this book. Roxys baby is about a 14 year old girl who gets herself pregnant and because she scared of what her family would say, she runs away to london where she meets a couple who tell her that they look after girls in her situation.  Little did she know that their kindness has evil consequences. I like stories about teenage pregnancy so when I I love this book.  I had this book a few years ago and then through unforeseen circumstances I lost it. It was only the other day when I remembered about this book. Roxys baby is about a 14 year old girl who gets herself pregnant and because she scared of what her family would say, she runs away to london where she meets a couple who tell her that they look after girls in her situation.  Little did she know that their kindness has evil consequences. I like stories about teenage pregnancy so when I got this as a gift a few years back I was in awe of what I read. Based loosely on a true story, I was shocked on what I read but still read it over and over again.  I was gutted when I lost it and forgot all about it until the other day when I remembered it while buying another book. While reading, I felt like I was the character and that I was living her life and pacing was perfect as you could follow her life as well as others. I was a bit disappointed about the lack of pregnancy details but I guess it was the questions asked that made the story. I give this five out of five

  18. 5 out of 5

    V H

    Really good book, so exciting it was hard to put down. When I found out that it’s based on true events that just made it even better. The way it is in today’s society we don’t easily trust people, even when they seem nice, we always think they must have an ulterior motive. The way most people think is that if something seems too good to be true it usually is. But is Roxy right in thinking that, or is she being paranoid? That was one of the things that was so interesting to try and find out. One Really good book, so exciting it was hard to put down. When I found out that it’s based on true events that just made it even better. The way it is in today’s society we don’t easily trust people, even when they seem nice, we always think they must have an ulterior motive. The way most people think is that if something seems too good to be true it usually is. But is Roxy right in thinking that, or is she being paranoid? That was one of the things that was so interesting to try and find out. One thing that kind of bothered me about the book, but I didn’t realise until I had finished it, was that there wasn’t much there about how Roxy felt about being pregnant. I mean, she’s only 14, you would think she was freaking out about it or something. But the book was still really good.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Lucy

    I LOVE this book! I have never read a book like it as it has such a different storyline and is full of twists. When I first picked up this book I thought it was going to be a book mainly about the issues surrounding teenage pregancy however this book is alot more than this. Your suspicions begining to grow about the home Roxy is staying in and you begin to will her to escape from the horrible futur that may lay ahead for her and her baby. I would certainly recommend this book and will be reading I LOVE this book! I have never read a book like it as it has such a different storyline and is full of twists. When I first picked up this book I thought it was going to be a book mainly about the issues surrounding teenage pregancy however this book is alot more than this. Your suspicions begining to grow about the home Roxy is staying in and you begin to will her to escape from the horrible futur that may lay ahead for her and her baby. I would certainly recommend this book and will be reading it again.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Matthew

    Roxy's Baby is a poignant and moving story that's well written and very realistic. We always hear of teen pregnancies in the news and it's so good that MacPhail softens it, not that you think, "she's an idiot", which I'm sure many of us have done, to be honest. Well, the soften bit, and add realistically great characters and a mystery in between. When Roxy says what she thinks is happening, MacPhail goes and totally obliterates the story and changes it into something completely different, and a Roxy's Baby is a poignant and moving story that's well written and very realistic. We always hear of teen pregnancies in the news and it's so good that MacPhail softens it, not that you think, "she's an idiot", which I'm sure many of us have done, to be honest. Well, the soften bit, and add realistically great characters and a mystery in between. When Roxy says what she thinks is happening, MacPhail goes and totally obliterates the story and changes it into something completely different, and a twist ending... FAB!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Deanna

    A couple of years ago I read this book and loved it! Every girl in my class had read it and said "YOU HAVE TO READ THIS!" I did and I have to say they have brilliant taste. It was a really interesting storyline and I really got into this girls life. The twists were shocking and I couldn't stop reading. I'd recommend it to 11-13 year olds as that's how old I was. A couple of years ago I read this book and loved it! Every girl in my class had read it and said "YOU HAVE TO READ THIS!" I did and I have to say they have brilliant taste. It was a really interesting storyline and I really got into this girls life. The twists were shocking and I couldn't stop reading. I'd recommend it to 11-13 year olds as that's how old I was.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Natassja

    I quite simply love this book. When I first read it I couldn't put it down, each chapter brought something new to the book and it worked at a perfect pace to keep me interested whilst still developing characters fully and realistically. It's written in a way to make it feel real enough for your heart to beat fast at plot twists and fear for Roxy as a person. I highly recommend it. I quite simply love this book. When I first read it I couldn't put it down, each chapter brought something new to the book and it worked at a perfect pace to keep me interested whilst still developing characters fully and realistically. It's written in a way to make it feel real enough for your heart to beat fast at plot twists and fear for Roxy as a person. I highly recommend it.

  23. 5 out of 5

    tamara

    Roxy's changing as a character is so amazing in this story. She starts off as a 14 year old brat, selfish teenager and suddenly becomes a loving mother who puts others before her own. I highly recommend this book to anyone as what happens in this story will shock you but also make you realise how much of a heroine Roxy is. Roxy's changing as a character is so amazing in this story. She starts off as a 14 year old brat, selfish teenager and suddenly becomes a loving mother who puts others before her own. I highly recommend this book to anyone as what happens in this story will shock you but also make you realise how much of a heroine Roxy is.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Jake Lewis Fox

    I went through a bit of a Cathy MacPhail phase when I was about twelve or thirteen after reading Fighting Back in English class at school, my Aunt bought me this as a birthday present and at the time I had very poor reading skills so my dad had to read it to me before I went to bed. This is a very gritty novel and at the time it gave me nightmares.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Rania T

    When I picked up this book, the title reminded me of Ira Levin's "Rosemary's Baby" and funnily enough, that book gets a mention in this novel. This is a Young Adult thriller that plays on the idea that if something seems too good to be true, then it probably isn't. It also has enough twists and turns to keep the reader guessing whether or not Roxy will make it out of Dragon House alive... When I picked up this book, the title reminded me of Ira Levin's "Rosemary's Baby" and funnily enough, that book gets a mention in this novel. This is a Young Adult thriller that plays on the idea that if something seems too good to be true, then it probably isn't. It also has enough twists and turns to keep the reader guessing whether or not Roxy will make it out of Dragon House alive...

  26. 4 out of 5

    Lois Henderson

    This book was very very hard to put down! I managed to read half of it in one night and was so desperate to get back to readying it. I loved Roxy's character by the end. I was quite disappointed by how quickly the story ended...I would have preferred to hear a little bit more detail (or even dialogue) once she had been returned home. But otherwise a very well written book. This book was very very hard to put down! I managed to read half of it in one night and was so desperate to get back to readying it. I loved Roxy's character by the end. I was quite disappointed by how quickly the story ended...I would have preferred to hear a little bit more detail (or even dialogue) once she had been returned home. But otherwise a very well written book.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Sian

    Roxy's baby is amazing !!!! at the start roxy is a little madam wants her own way and does something really stupid that ends in a stupid but beautiful consequence. The ending is a real surprise but keep on reading and your theory will be wrong ! x Roxy's baby is amazing !!!! at the start roxy is a little madam wants her own way and does something really stupid that ends in a stupid but beautiful consequence. The ending is a real surprise but keep on reading and your theory will be wrong ! x

  28. 4 out of 5

    Anna

    This book was the saddest, but most moving book I have ever read! I read it in 3 days! It is about a girl who is 14 that gets pregnant and doesn't want to tell her mum and sister (her dad died)! So, she runs away and goes to London... find out what happens to Roxy! This book was the saddest, but most moving book I have ever read! I read it in 3 days! It is about a girl who is 14 that gets pregnant and doesn't want to tell her mum and sister (her dad died)! So, she runs away and goes to London... find out what happens to Roxy!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Tjala

    Creepy, I liked the idea but it was definitely creepy especially as it was based on a true story, but at the beginning I found it a bit Roxy did this, Roxy did that, although I soon became so engrossed I didn't care. Also nearly all the chapter endings were the same! Creepy, I liked the idea but it was definitely creepy especially as it was based on a true story, but at the beginning I found it a bit Roxy did this, Roxy did that, although I soon became so engrossed I didn't care. Also nearly all the chapter endings were the same!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Ziede

    its a welll gd bookkkk read it pplllllllllllll

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