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Jacqueline Wilson to write new Tracy Beaker novel – get the details

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Hello! Magazine © Copyright ¡HOLA! Hello! Magazine Jacqueline Wilson fans rejoice – we have some very exciting news! The best-selling author has revealed that she is writing a new Tracy Beaker novel, with the popular character returning as a single mum living in London with her nine-year-old daughter, Jess. 

Jacqueline Wilson attending the British Academy Children's Awards at the Roundhouse in north London. © Press Association Jacqueline Wilson attending the British Academy Children's Awards at the Roundhouse in north London. The book, My Mum Tracy Beaker, will be told from her daughter's perspective, with Jacqueline telling The Observer that the idea came about after seeing mums encouraging their own children to read their copies of The Story of Tracy Beaker, having read it themselves when they were younger.

File Photo: Children's author Jacqueline Wilson is made a Dame by Britain's Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace, London. © Press Association File Photo: Children's author Jacqueline Wilson is made a Dame by Britain's Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace, London. "It’s stimulating to think about how people develop as they get older," she said. "Tracy has been a character that’s haunted me. She’s the sort of person who sticks in your mind.

When I realised just how long ago it was since I wrote the first Tracy Beaker book, I thought: if we were in real time, Tracy herself would be in her 30s. And I’ve always thought that, even though Tracy had lots of problems in her life and a pretty rubbish mum who was never there for her, Tracy herself would be a good mum, no matter what."

File Photo: Children's author Jacqueline Wilson talks about her life ,writing,influences and her books to over 400 fans from the pulpit of 700 year old St Botolph's Church in Boston Stump,Lincolnshire. © Press Association File Photo: Children's author Jacqueline Wilson talks about her life ,writing,influences and her books to over 400 fans from the pulpit of 700 year old St Botolph's Church in Boston Stump,Lincolnshire. The book will be once again illustrated by Nick Sharratt, and follows Tracy raising her own child in a materialistic world, while trying to make ends meet. Jacqueline was inspired by her own upbringing, living in a council flat in south-west London. She told the publication: "It's a setting I feel really comfortable in." Set to be released in October, Jacqueline teased: "It's a chunky, meaty book."

File Photo: Dame Jacqueline Wilson is joined by Sophie Raison, nine, and Elise Whitley, 10, as she helps to launch the easyJet Book Club, which is a new initiative to promote literacy and encourage kids to read, at Gatwick Airport in West Sussex. © Press Association File Photo: Dame Jacqueline Wilson is joined by Sophie Raison, nine, and Elise Whitley, 10, as she helps to launch the easyJet Book Club, which is a new initiative to promote literacy and encourage kids to read, at Gatwick Airport in West Sussex. The Story of Tracy Beaker was made into an award-winning TV series, which ran on CBBC from 2002-2005, starring Dani Harmer as lead character Tracy. After being turned into a film, spin-off series The Dumping Ground then aired in 2013, focusing on the lives and experiences of young people and their care workers.

Related video: Easyjet launches initiative to get children hooked on reading (Provider: Press Association)

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