My Mum Tracy Beaker by Jacqueline Wilson

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!

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  1. Aaaa see this makes me sad that my eldest has stopped reading her books, must introduce them to my younger girls #readwithme

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  2. I remember watching Tracy Beaker on television but I haven’t read the book. My daughter is a huge Jacqueline Wilson fan, it’s good to know that she can enjoy this without reading Tracy Beaker first :o)


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    • I loved Tracy Beaker on TV! It could be a real tear jerker at times. It’s lovely to hear about another Jacqueline Wilson fan.

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    • When I had my daughter after two boys, I thought ‘Yes! I can read Jacqueline Wilson!’. I’d always liked the look of them, but boys wouldn’t touch them with a bargepole.

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  3. KayCee used to read her books but she’s grown out them. Ella’s at just the right age but she hasn’t developed the same love of reading as KayCee has. I think she’ll like this book, however, as she’s a fan of Tracy Beaker so I’ll keep an eye out for it.

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    • I keep thinking my daughter will grow out of them, but it hasn’t happened yet. And after an unfortunate incident with a YA book, we’re going to be sticking with the books for younger readers for a bit longer yet. I’m sure Ella will enjoy this one.

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  4. I remember loving reading Tracy Beaker when I was younger… is it still acceptable to read this new story as an adult, do you think?


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    • I don’t see why not! I certainly enjoyed it while reading with my daughter.

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