The Story of Tracy Beaker (Tracy Beaker #1)
'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 ta
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...more
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.
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...more
As much as I enjoyed reading the book, it illustrates a lo...more
I still do have a thing for this series.
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...more
I read it again today, and was really impressed by how realistic Tracy's voice is. She's not an adult trapped in a girl's body, like some child narrators. Even though Tracy's story is sad (she's growing up in a children's home because first her parents couldn't look after her, and then her foster placements all...more
Tracy Beaker is an orphan with a fiery personality and a steely sinew who never cries - thank you very much. She...more
Kids in a group home in GB are given write-your-own-story journals, and this is Tracy Beaker's. Tracy's mother has left her in foster care, and she might visit again someday, but Tracy isn't quite sure where she is or what she's doing; nevertheless, she adores her mum, who is beautiful and probably becoming famous in Hollywood. Tracy's had a few unsuccessful placements--one woman who was just mean, and a couple who then got...more
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...more
My first step into the world of Jacqueline Wilson was aged about 12 or 13. I read The Illustrated Mum. I did enjoy it, so much that I bought my friend...more
The story is like a fictional diary, it catches the imagination and takes a warm outlook at life as a child in care, with all the ups and downs, loves and hates that that engenders. Tracy is not an optimistic character/child who can see the best in every situation, but she is a gutsy and intelligent girl who just deals with all the situations that life throws at her. T...more
I had a week before me, during which I was planning and packing for a very big trip, two thick books lined up in the queue (which would be the wooden box between my front door and the couch), and Dustbin Baby already read. I was not that impressed, and took a stroll through the giant spreadsheet of my Best Books to Read, where I found a total of twelve more Jacqueline Wilson books. I was not pumped. But I was surprised.
Who is this Jacqueline Wilson character that she makes the top 1200 (or s...more
The book is writted in...more
What I found fascinating, from a adult's perspective, is how she was very particular about the voice in Tracey's head being very much like a child, with the distinct self-centredness and fears of a child. Must have taken a few re-writes to find the balance.
I'm wondering a little about other readers who hated her character and her lying. What lies? Delusions and dream...more
Funny but doesn't grip you that easily. The illustrations are fab and it is truly from a child's point of view. Good book.