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The Story of Tracy Beaker (Tracy Beaker #1)

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Introducing Tracy Beaker, 10-year-old girl-wonder and the daughter of a famous Hollywood actress . . . sort of.

Tracy Beaker’s not exactly sure what her mother does, because Tracy has been in foster care for as long as she can remember. She has a picture of her mother, who’s pretty enough to be in movies, so maybe she is. And maybe one day Tracy’s mother will show up and re...more
Paperback, 192 pages
Published July 16th 1992 by Corgi Childrens (first published 1991)
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Gemma
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...more
Sita Maria
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
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
Freda
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
Tez
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
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
Nazrul
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...more
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...more
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
Natalie
I've never read this author before. I also didn't know anything about her or the types of stories she read until Goodreads recommended I pick up this book.

I'm mixed on my feelings for this book. From other reviews I've read, this book is well-loved and dmired by a lot of people. It was apparently made into a TV series as well.

I'm a big fan of young adult books. However, I know there are some books that just get too young for me. Meaning the voice is written in such a childish way that it's hard...more
Hannah
Jun 23, 2014 Hannah rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  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...more
Astri
Love it so much....

Jacqueline Wilson memang penulis anak-anak yang keren banget menurutku.. tema ceritanya selalu bercerita tentang keluarga... aku suka...

Kisah ini menceritakan gadis kecil berumur 10 tahun bernama Trace Beaker, dimana ia ditinggalkan ibunya semasa ia kecil di panti asuhan. Tracy juga bebrapa kali gagal di adopsi oleh orang2, dikarenakan Sifat Tracy yang dianggap sulit dan sering kasar.

Namun sebenarnya di balik kenakalan dan temperemental sikap Tracy, ada perasaan kesepian dan k...more
Sabrina
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.
newt
I remember reading this when I was a kid. I loved it back then, so the rating of 4 stars is from when I first read it. It's so cute and I'd honestly recommend it. Even as an adult, I assume I'd still like it because of the real issues it discusses.
Anyway.
I still do have a thing for this series.
Loz O'Connor
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...more
Emily (Mrs B's Books)
This book is told from the point of view of a very feisty 10 year old who has lived in care homes and foster homes most of her life and is struggling with making friends, she also has a bit of a temper.

Tracy has a very vivid imagination and it would also appear that she likes to write and draw pictures in her diary/autobiography book. the print is fairly large and the book is also filled will little sketches and letters that she has with a visiting writer.

It is a book most suited to younger read...more
Sumayya
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...more
adelina.
It's a book for kids, but it's so fantastic everyone should read it. A must read
Laura
I bought this at the school's BOGO book fair. I liked the cover and thought it might work for struggling readers.

As I began reading it, I realized it doesn't sound "normal," or at least it doesn't sound like my students do. However, there aren't many books about children in the foster care system and I have had several. I think the book will resonate with the right reader, quite possibly a "difficult kid," if not a foster child.

I like the book but I know it'll drive my student s batty that there...more
Suvi
Tracy on viettänyt suurimman osan elämästään lastenkodeissa ja sijaiskodeissa. Ei siis mikään ihme, että tytölle on syntynyt kova ulkokuori, ja hänen suurin haaveensa on, että äiti tulee hakemaan hänet pois lastenkodista. Tracy keksiikin tarinoita siitä, missä äiti on milloinkin, mitä hän tekee, ja mitä hänelle itselleen on tapahtunut. Muut pitävät Tracya valehtelijana, kunnes Cam-niminen kirjailija tulee vieraisille lastenkotiin.

Wilsonilla on ihastuttava taito kirjoittaa vaikeista ja rankoista...more
Jo
I've read this before, years ago, before my children existed, or were able to talk, or something, I can't remember. Before I actually knew real children, that what I'm trying to say here.

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
Two Bibliomaniacs
Curiosity finally got the better of us (not for the first time...), forcing a full investigation into the mysterious entity known as Jacqueline Wilson. While we’ve never heard of her books, she’s a BBC Big Read force to be reckoned with. With 4 novels in the top 100 and 14 overall, her stats are second only to Charles Dickens and Terry Pratchett. How have we not read one of her books?

Tracy Beaker is an orphan with a fiery personality and a steely sinew who never cries - thank you very much. She...more
Teresa
A young patron had read all of JW's books, so I thought I should try one.
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
Jade
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...more
Sam
This book by Jacqueline Wilson is written in the first person as Tracy Beaker, a ten year old with behavioural difficulties who lives in a children's home. The book is written as her life story, and in it we learn how she has been fostered many times but these have never been the great success she would have hoped for. She dreams that one day her real mum, who she imagines is pretty and glamorous, based on the one photo she has of her, will return to collect her and they will live happily ever a...more
Vanessa Henry
This is the story of a young girl called Tracey Beaker, she is ten years old. Tracey lives in a children's home as her parents are unable to look after her. She has behavioural problems due to her upbringing and is therefore unable to be fostered into a family because they cannot deal with her. Tracey has a wild imagination and tells her friends fantastical stories about why she has ended up in the children's home. She claims that her mother is a superstar and is travelling the world and unable...more
Tatenda Tanyanyiwa
From the moment you open the incredibly colourful covers of this book , you are introduced to the "wannabe primadonna" lifestyle of a certain tweenage dreamer. She is "Tracy Beaker have you heard of her?" It’s a testament to say that every young girl dreams of a life where they are the centre of attention, parents mainly exist to fulfil the role of a cash point and every boy at school thinks they are as sweet as a bowl of coco pops. Such knowledge is humorously depicted in Jacqueline Wilson’s bo...more
Rachel
This was another one of those books where everyone seems to have read it, but me. I missed the Jacqueline Wilson phase growing up. I knew people who had read every book. I do believe a teacher began reading The Suitcase Kid to us in primary school, though like many ‘story times’ in my old school, I don’t quite remember us getting to the end of it.
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
Iqra Jabbar
Tracy Beaker is a 10 year old girl. She's offensive, defensive, loud, obnoxious, and occasionally violent but also very lovable.

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
Devon Flaherty
....

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
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