Tracy Beaker lives in a Children’s Home. She wants a real home one day, preferably with her mum who she hopes will come to find her soon. She tells her own story in her own distinctive voice,and as she says it’s ‘the most incredible, dynamic, heart-rending story.
Why we chose it
A favourite with readers from the moment it was published. Hot-headed, impulsive, funny, charismatic Tracy Beaker has become a star.
Where it came from
An avid reader as a child Jacqueline Wilson was aware of the absence of working class children in books written for children. As an author she writes about very real contemporary children and very big contemporary issues. Tracy Beaker broke new ground in its portrayal of a looked after child and its message that not everyone has a mum and a dad and a family home. .
Where it went next
The Story of Tracy Beaker won the 2002 Blue Peter People’s Choice Award. Wilson wrote two sequels The Dare Game and Starring Tracy Beaker. Recently she published two further stories about a grown up Tracy, My Mum Tracey Beaker and We are the Beaker Girls.
A BBC television series based on the story started in 2002 and continued beyond the book running for five series with new stories about Tracy and the other children in the home. Tracy came back in 2010 in Tracy Beaker Returns and in 2012 the story of the children’s home continued without Tracy in The Dumping Ground.
Jacqueline Wilson has written over 100 books for children. Her books show the reality of children’s lives, the contemporary problems and difficulties that they can face. Favourites include, Double Act, The Illustrated Mum, Dustbin Baby, The Suitcase Kid, Lola Rose, The Mum Minder, The Bed and Breakfast Star, The Lottie Project, Vicky Angel, The Diamond Girls, The Butterfly Club. She has also written historical novels, about Victorian foundling Hetty Feather , Dancing the Charleston set in the 1920s and Wave Me Goodbye about a second World War evacuee.