We are the Beaker Girls by Jacqueline Wilson is the sequel to My Mum, Tracy Beaker, which in turn is the sequel to the popular Tracy Beaker books of the 1990s.
We are the Beaker Girls is narrated by Jess, Tracy’s daughter, who is far less feisty than her mum was at her age. Tracy and Jess have left famous footballer, Sean Godfrey, and are living above an antiques shop by the sea. Cam’s partner, Mary, is nagging Tracy to find Jess a school, but neither Tracy nor Jess is in any hurry. Jess is terrified that her mum will go back to Sean Godfrey and sets about trying to find a boyfriend for Tracy.
Then an encounter with a boy who nicks Jess’s ice cream changes everything for the Beaker girls…
In the meantime, Tracy finds her own new boyfriend, from a very unlikely source, and there’s even a reconciliation of sorts with arch enemy, Justine Littlewood.
I don’t know what it is about Jacqueline Wilson. My daughter and I are huge fans and never tire of her stories. Her books are simple, but every one of them is brilliant. She has created yet another fantastic character in Jess – and the people around her. The story and all of the characters have so much warmth.
Whether you’ve never read a Jacqueline Wilson before or you’ve read 20 or 30 of them, I would definitely recommend We are the Beaker Girls for tween girls and girls of primary age.
PS Technically my daughter is a bit ‘old’ for Jacqueline Wilson books now, but she loves them, so we’re sticking with them! I noticed on Instagram recently, that Daisy May Cooper, writer and star of This Country only reads Jacqueline Wilson. So if it’s good enough for her, it’s a good enough for my daughter!