Sometimes I think it’s about time my daughter (at 12 and a half) should have grown out of Jacqueline Wilson. But there are Jacqueline Wilson books for older readers. And she’s got a whole life ahead of her to read YA novels, so I’m glad she’s still happy with her Jacqueline Wilsons.
Back in October, we saw Jacqueline Wilson at Cheltenham Literature Festival for the third time (she seems to go there every other year). As ever, she introduced us to her latest novel. Which this time was My Mum Tracy Beaker. Yes, Tracy Beaker is old enough to be a mum! So Jacqueline Wilson thought it would be nice to revisit the grown up Tracy.
At this point I need to say that, shocking although it may be, my daughter DOESN’T LIKE TRACY BEAKER. The Tracy Beaker books are probably the only Jacqueline Wilson books she hasn’t enjoyed. I’m not sure why.
But, having heard Jacqueline Wilson read out excerpts of the story and talk about the book, my daughter definitely needed to buy it.
The book is narrated by Tracy’s daughter, Jess. Jess looks just like Tracy, but she’s not as emotional and doesn’t have anger issues like her mum. Tracy is a single mum, trying to make ends meet, and she lives happily with Jess in a tower block. Jess adores her mum, but does get a bit embarrassed when Tracy starts yelling at her teacher.
Tracy’s foster mum, Cam, is still in the picture and is a very good grandma to Jess. We even briefly meet Tracy’s real mum, Carly.
There’s just one problem for Jess – Tracy has a new boyfriend and it looks like it’s serious this time. Jess doesn’t like Sean Godfrey (she always uses his surname), despite the fact that everyone else seems to love him. But Sean Godfrey gives Tracy and Jess a new life – and Jess’s dream comes true when she gets her own dog.
This is an absolutely lovely book. It’s not full of adventure or excitement. It’s not really Jacqueline Wilson’s usual level of doom and gloom, but we loved it. If you’re looking for an enjoyable read for a tween girl, we would definitely recommend My Mum Tracy Beaker. And you don’t even have to have read the early Tracy Beaker books first!