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The Story of Tracy Beaker (Tracy Beaker #1)

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'I'm Tracy Beaker. This is a book all about me. I'd read it if I were you. It's the most incredible dynamic heart-rending story. Honest.'

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 beautifully observed, touching and often very funny tal
Kindle Edition, 224 pages
Published (first published 1991)
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Saoirse Sterling
Read as part of the #InfiniteVariety2016 Reading Challenge based on the BBC's Big Read poll.

As a child, or teenager, I did watch Tracy Beaker on the CBBC channel, but that is my only point of reference. To be honest, Dani Harmer will always be Tracy Beaker, no matter how much she straightens her hair...

But I'd never read the book, or any book by Jacqueline Wilson, despite being about the right age to have been exposed to them. I was never in to real-life kind of books: I wanted big, fat, hard fa
Sep 12, 2011 Gemma rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book when I was a teenager because I had experience of foster care and could connect with Tracy's character. I have read it since and still have a copy on the bookshelf.

Jacqueline Wilson shows that there are children who do not grow up with the 'traditional two parent family' to bring them up,and I feel that it is important for children to learn that there is a variety of families and that it can be just as 'normal' to grow up without two parents. The book also go some way to helpi
Apr 25, 2016 Hannah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mg
I wanted to give this to a particular student, so I figured I should have a read through first. Now I'm not sure if all of the British-isms would be too confusing for an American preteen.

The book's a short volume with a mix of drawings and text (think Diary of a Wimpy Kid), but about a rambunctious/naughty/prickly 10-year old in a care home (group home). In between fighting with her ex-best friend and fending off the new kid who's decided she is his best friend, Tracy plans to either rejoin her
Feb 04, 2015 JK rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

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.

I loved this book when I was younger. Having no experience whatsoever of foster care, orphanhood, or anything other than the two-parent family, I was fascinated by Tracy's story. Fifteen years on, I still have a lot of respect for Jacqueline Wilson, and found myself swept along with Tracy's fast-paced, but problematic life.

The story is writt
Sita Maria
Nov 10, 2013 Sita Maria rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a story of a 10 year old girl that lives in a care home, it is written as a autobiography in Tracy’s own words. The character is a feisty one and she tells the story of her life, she has a vivid imagination of why her mother had to leave her and the one thing that she really wants is a family of her own. It includes cartoon like drawings and pieces written in ‘Tracys’ handwriting which reinforces the idea that it has been written by the character. I think this book would be suitable for ...more
Raabia Khan
Aug 03, 2013 Raabia Khan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As a child I loved reading Jacqueline Wilson books in particular "Tracy Beaker" which had been a personal favourite of mine. Her stories portray real-life unfortunate scenarios in what some children experience in their lives. She goes in to detail of how they live, expressing their feelings, the challenges they come across and what happens to them in later life. Jacqueline Wilson’s writing style is excellent as she really engages the reader to become that main character or think from their persp ...more
Feb 11, 2014 Matthew rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"I'm Tracy Beaker. This is a book all about me. I'd read it if I were you. It's the most incredible dynamic heart-rending story. Honest."

Tracy's right, you know. The first Tracy Beaker story is touching, beautifully written, and often simply hilarious. By creating a feisty, care-free and sarcastic wannabe-writer in care, Wilson makes the story all that bit more believable. Beaker's front is satirical, amusing, and naughty, but behind that curly head of hair of hers is a sad and lonely girl who
Apr 21, 2013 adelina. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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It's a book for kids, but it's so fantastic everyone should read it. A must read
Aug 26, 2014 Ella rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Amazing book! Would recommend it!
Apr 17, 2009 Freda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is also a childrens book... I just finished reading it to my little sister, it's told through the eyes of a little orphan. Sounds pretty damn stupid right? That's what I thought, it sounded like really cliche, "oh poor orphan girl." But, it was REALLY good, it wasn't a happy corny ending like I was expecting, it wasn't a sob story the orphanage makes us work 40 hours a day and feeds us gruel and all that corny crap. I was pleasently surprised when it turned out to be good, great in fact, I ...more
Mar 15, 2016 Zahra rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was such a good book. It was so funny and entertaining, I didn't want it to end.
Apr 04, 2013 Sabrina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is about a girl named Tracy Beaker, who is a foster child. She has been in foster care for almost all her life. She always thought about her beautiful mum, who would pick her up one day... but her mum never came. All her life, Tracy has been very upset, until one day she met a writer, who came for a visit. They met, and their friendship grew. If you like to read books about friendship and reality, don't miss this book! It's a GREAT book.
Mar 29, 2009 Tez rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a popular TV series here. I wanted to read one of the books instead of laughing at the show.

I thought it was daring the auther was writing about children in care homes. I believe she writes in a childs voice well.

Tracy puts on a tough girl front but she is really hurting inside about not having parents to love her. I also enjoy reading the mischief she gets up to with the other children in the orphanage.

Bridie Atkinson
Jan 25, 2014 Bridie Atkinson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Tracy Beaker is a real life, believable 10 year old - she's offensive, defensive, loud, obnoxious, occasionally violent, and totally lovable. Tracey has a huge imagination and the book traces her as her wild imagination gets her into trouble. She is a child that so many children can relate to, she gets into trouble and makes mistakes, but behind it all is a sensitive, innocent young girl. She struggles to deal with the hardship that being raised in a children’s home can bring but is positive tha ...more
Terri Milstead
A couple of years ago, I made a life list and, because I love to read, I went about choosing a list of books to put on the list. Since I have read avidly all my life, most of the great American classics were already on my "read" list. So, the BBC Big Read was a perfect fit. There were still quite a few classics I hadn't read, but there were also beloved books by British authors I had never been introduced to. Jacqueline Wilson is one such author and, after reading this book, I can totally see wh ...more
Jun 23, 2014 Hannah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Young readers and Jacqueline Wilson fans
I re-read this story in the garden as soon as my last exam was over, and it took me an hour and a half to complete it. Jacqueline Wilson was my idol growing up, I adored her writing and her! And Tracy Beaker is her famous character creation that she has spurred onto the world. So it was interesting re-reading an old tale that I loved so much.

Tracy Beaker lives in a foster home. She hates it there and often dreams of her 'famous' mother coming along and whisking her away to a better place. She ha
Aug 21, 2013 Jade rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Story of Tracy Beaker is one of Jacqueline Wilson's most popular books.

It is centred around a mischievous ten year old, Tracy Beaker. In the 'dumping ground', where she lives she enjoys pulling endless pranks on the other children and adults.

My favourite character is Tracy as she has a vivid imagination and comes up with some great ideas for revenge, especially towards her enemy, Justine Littlewood. I believe by showing Tracy as a confident child on the outside and a vulnerable child on the
Sep 08, 2011 Nazrul rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Tracy Beaker is Jacqueline Wilson’s best loved character, she is a feisty, real life and very believable 10 year old, always with a story to tell. She’s loud, defensive, very cheeky and rude, yet at the same time she is funny and very loveable. However, behind all this ‘front’, there stands a sad young girl who needs to be comforted and loved.

Tracy has been living in a care home for as long as she can remember. It is here where she has made many friend.. and enemies. She always wonders into trou
Lorna (Loz) Parsons
Probably my favourite book as a kid, I remember reading this just because of the fact it was written by one of my favourite childhood authors.

Tracy is a very lovable charecter who does outrageous things and also does well to hide her emotions, especially in the presence of other people. You feel sympathy for her as she remembers her mother, but laugh at her as she does something ridiculous once again, such as eating a worm in a game of dares with her enemy at the Dumping Ground, a particually h
Nelson Ganeshwaran
Written by Jacqueline Wilson, it is a very popular book amongst children and a book they will choose to read for pleasure. This is great but is it challenging, is it appropriate or is it informative? It is debatable but this book has been made into a TV series which is a lot more popular than the book. It is an award winning story about a ten year old girl with challenging behaviour who lives in a foster home called the “Dumping Ground”.

As much as I enjoyed reading the book, it illustrates a lo
Sarah Hammerton
Jacqueline Wilson is a previous Children's Laureate so I thought I would try reading about one of her most popular characters, Tracy Beaker. This is Tracy's autobiography, in her own words, complete with very funny illustrations. Tracy lives in a care home and has been classed has having behavioural difficulties, something she feels is very unfair. Her best friend no longer talks to her and her Mum never comes to visit. A visit from a writer called Cam starts to bring Tracy out of herself and sh ...more
Wilson is great at making realistic characters that you can quickly come to term with, giving realistic reactions to events.

Her books are great at getting children to really think about actions and their consequences, really opening the eyes of children to the world. Some of her books are sensitive reads yet they are all great at sending life messages to children.

I feel as though Wilson books are a must in the lives of young children, a way of opening their eyes to the real world in the right wa
May 03, 2012 7l2 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Story of Tracy Beaker!
Tracy Beaker is a chatty 10 year old girl and has lived in a care home most of her life, but she would like a real home one day.
The start of the book is like a Q&A as Tracy tells us a little bit about herself and her life in the children’s home. She also talks about her “famous glamorous Hollywood mother” who will be back for her any day now.
The book is laid out as if its Tracy life story as a writer called Cam is coming round to doing an article on life in care. Th
Shilpi Samantray
This book will bring you out of the adult world and take you inside the mind of a 10 year old. How their tiny minds are tangled up with some trivial issues faced in the course of everyday life. How our actions affect their behaviour and how seriously they take silly things in life. Message is we as adults should never take kids for granted as they have a lot of stuff to deal with a their level.
I thoroughly enjoyed reading Tracy Baker's diary.
به نظر من، این داستان اصلن برای کودکان مناسب نیست؛ حتی برای کودکانی که در شرایط مشابه به تریسی بیکر هستند هم خوب نیست؛ پر است از رفتارهای ناشایست و کلام نازیبا و بازیهای روانی! شاید مخاطب این کتاب بزرگترهایی باشد که کودکی ناخوشایندی داشتهاند. در ضمن، تصاویر کتاب با متن هماهنگ نیست و باید جایشان کمی عقب-جلو شود. همچنین، در صفحات 25، 28، 31 و 69 اشکالات چاپی و ویرایشی وجود دارد. ...more
May 23, 2010 Lisa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I LOVE TRACY BEAKER! I thought this book was so great, and the illustrations were amazing, perfect!!! I love Jacqueline Wilson and this one is one of the best JW books I've read yet. Tracy tells her story herself through a notebook that was given to her by her social worker. She's been in and out of foster care her entire life, and is just getting to the age where she can't quite believe her own stories about why her mom hasn't come to get her (she's a movie star in Hollywood, she's living in Pa ...more
Marisa Hallam
Aug 22, 2012 Marisa Hallam rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I decided to read this book because I enjoy Jacqueline Wilson books and that I have read this book so many times and I still never get sick of it. This book goes in the "diary/biography" category . I found this category interesting because it had Tracy's side of the story and it had funny parts and it said what she thought of people around her. Something I learned from this book is that you shouldn't care about what anyone else thinks but sometimes you need to think before you say. A setting in ...more
Jul 31, 2012 Laura rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book as it was by Jacqueline Wilson, who is a very talented writer.
I originally got the book a few years ago and read it quite a few times.
I love how the writer has made Tracy a clever girl with a big imagination. Tracy does seem to have a sad life but doesn't let it get hee down and seems to think of the bright side of life.
I read it when I was young so I don't remember much about it except the above and I do remember that it was really good and any fan of Tracy Beaker (even the
Jul 03, 2014 Sumayya rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This story is about a 10 year old girl who is living in a care home with other children. The story is written in the perspective of the character who narrates her incidents. She is a cheeky little girl who can’t seem to keep out of trouble. She has a huge imagination is always dreaming of leaving the ‘dumping ground’ and finding her Hollywood actress mum.
I have always been a fan of Jacqueline Wilson and thoroughly enjoyed reading her books. This book is suitable for ages 8 and above to read ind
Oct 05, 2013 Georgia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Tracy Beaker is naughty kid who likes to get her own way. Tracy lives in a care home but would like a real family. Tracy is always causing trouble and lying about practically everything. It has been going on for years and now no one believes her. Tracy is desperate to get fostered, but who would want to foster a naughty kid and just causes trouble? Well one day someone comes round and this might be Tracy's chance. Will she get fostered and control her attitude or will she be stuck in care foreve ...more
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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 af ...more
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