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The Story of Tracy Beaker

(Tracy Beaker #1)

3.71  ·  Rating details ·  16,601 ratings  ·  432 reviews
'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
Paperback, 224 pages
Published October 5th 2006 by Yearling (first published 1991)
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Aug 20, 2018 rated it liked it
I’m back with more ‘books from my mother’s house’!

I use to love Jacqueline Wilson, and I read quite a few of her books before getting ‘too old’ for them. Tracy Beaker wasn’t one of my favourites, but I remember it the most vividly. Perhaps this is because it was made into a TV movie/programme with that woman from 4 Weddings who tragically died of an asthma attack?

Anyway, I love Jacqueline Wilson’s approach to social situations, and children not part of the ‘standard family’, which is mirrored i
Joey Woolfardis
Read as part of The Infinite Variety Reading Challenge, based on the BBC's Big Read Poll of 2003.

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, ha
Sep 12, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Raabia Khan
Aug 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Dec 22, 2015 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
Nov 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing
"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 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
It's a book for kids, but it's so fantastic everyone should read it. A must read
May 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Jacqueline Wilson is a genius.

Children's books are usually written by adults but it's really rare to find a book with characters that are children who think like children. Tracy Beaker is a child who thinks like a child. She is funny, overdramatic, stubborn, and somewhat annoying, just like every child is. She has a crappy life and deals with it amazingly well - she even tries to fool herself into thinking that she is crying because of her hay fever. I couldn't help but relate to her - not as an
May 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Amazing book! Would recommend it!
Feb 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing

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
May 22, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: british
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
Apr 17, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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
Sophia Luo
Sep 28, 2017 rated it liked it
Uuuggggghhhhhh. This book WOULD have 4 stars but there's like 3 typos, and there's not supposed to be typos in books! Also, some of the drawings are a bit inappropriate because they drew the boobs too big. Dis is NOT a good children's book. The story is a bit boring because nothing really happens much. What a waste of like an hour.
Mar 29, 2009 rated it liked it
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.

Apr 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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.
Janay Brazier
Nov 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
Reread. Took me back to my childhood. Now I need to read the rest.
Shirley Revill
Jul 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children, kids, y, fiction
My daughter absolutely loved the books by Jacqueline Wilson. We still have them all and my daughter absolutely enjoyed each and every book. Recommended.
Mar 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This was such a good book. It was so funny and entertaining, I didn't want it to end.
Apr 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Excellent childhood classic
Aug 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book is about a girl called Tracy beaker and can be moody and shouty but once you met her you get used to it . I give these five stars I found her interesting.
Mou Maharani
Nov 20, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've always wanted to write like Wilson. I love how she understands young people's simple yet very complex mindset.
Jun 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
Oct 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: library, read-in-2018
This was a lovely read. I think when an adult can read a book for children and take something from it, the author has done something right, and Wilson has. Having read this, it's not surprising that she's so beloved an author.

This is a really quick read, but it packs so much in. It's about a little girl, Tracy, who's basically been abandoned into the care system, and how she deals with that. She deals with it by putting on a show of tough nonchalance most of the time. Only occasionally do we see
Joyce Van noten
Where I am just reading up on some English literature that I have missed when growing up in a different country, I actually really liked this one. As someone who works with children it was funnily realistic behaviours.
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
Sep 08, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Jan 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2012-and-under
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
Feb 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Surprisingly fluff-free and unsentimental. Holds up well (and this is a shame) for a book written more than a quarter of a century ago.

There was a report not long ago about a Tinder-like app for adoption. The instinctive response is to shudder (and, to be fair, it wasn't clear if it was a spoof or not) but this book reminded me of my stint as a school welfare officer for kids in care, and the thought had pretty much every day: it is easy to criticise, but what are the alternatives?

Tracy is a to
Jul 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Terri Milstead
Jul 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
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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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