The Story of Tracy Beaker by Jacqueline Wilson

The Story of Tracy Beaker

Written by Jacqueline Wilson
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Funny and poignant, this is the most popular of all Jacqueline Wilson’s best-selling titles. Tracy Beaker, a feisty ten year old living in a children’s home, gives a sparky view of life in what she calls The Dumping Ground. She moves swiftly through her deep sadness at not having a ‘real’ home, her vigorous relationships with the other children and the ultimate joy of finding a wonderful foster mother. As fresh to read now as when it was first published twenty years ago.

The LoveReading Comment:

Probably Jacqueline Wilson’s most successful character creation. Tracy Beaker is a tough feisty little girl in a children’s home who longs to live in a real home with a real family one day. The author’s inspiration for the story came from seeing photos of children in local newspapers wanting to be fostered. It’s funny and sad in equal measure but ultimately uplifting and children of 7 or 8 upwards will want to read it again and again.


The Story of Tracy Beaker by Jacqueline Wilson

Tracy is ten years old. She lives in a Children's Home but would like a real home one day, with a real family. Meet Tracy, follow her story and share her hopes for the future in this funny tale, told in Tracy's own words.

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Katy Guest, literary editor for The Independent on Sunday: "The pinnacle of the wonderful Jacqueline Wilson's brilliant and enormous output."

About the Author

Jacqueline Wilson

Jacqueline Wilson was our Guest Editor in February 2012. Click here to see her selection of books.

Jacqueline Wilson was born in Bath in 1945, but spent most of her childhood in Kingston-on-Thames. She always wanted to be a writer and wrote her first ‘novel’ when she was nine, filling in countless Woolworths’ exercise books as she grew up. As a teenager she started work for a magazine publishing company and then went on to work as a journalist on Jackie magazine (which she was told was named after her!) before turning to writing novels full-time.

Jacqueline is one of the nation’s favourite authors, and her books are loved and cherished by young readers not only in the UK but all over the world. According to a recent Mori poll, Jacqueline was voted English children favourite children’s author. She has sold millions of books and in the UK alone the total stands at over 25 million!

In 2002 Jacqueline was awarded the OBE for services to literacy in schools and from 2005 to 2007 she was the Children’s Laureate. In 2008 she became Dame Jacqueline Wilson.

2011 saw the 20th Anniversary of her best known novel, The Story of Tracy Beaker,which is not only still hugely popular but has given life to two sequels and an award-winning TV series for CBBC.

Click here to download an interview with Jacqueline.

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192 pages
Interest Age: From 9


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Publication date

7th March 2013




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