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The Story of Tracy Beaker Hardcover – August 14, 2001


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers; 1st American ed edition (August 14, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385729197
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385729192
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 5.8 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,461,470 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Wilson (Double Act; Bad Girls) presents an insightful portrait of 10-year-old Tracy in the girl's own words. Readers initially make her acquaintance through entries in a fill-in book entitled "My Book About Me." Her revelations are by turn caustic, funny and heartbreaking. Living in a group home for children after two unsuccessful stints in foster homes, Tracy repeatedly expresses her fervent hope and pitiable conviction that her roaming, much-idolized mother will appear to take her away. "There's not much point making friends because I expect to be moving on soon," resolves the heroine, whose tough-kid veneer is wrenchingly transparent. An aspiring author, Tracy takes solace in her autobiographical writing and her new friendship with Cam, a writer who visits the home while researching an article. Despite Tracy's passionate attempts to persuade Cam to take her in as a foster child, her fate is uncertain at the close of the novel. Yet her indomitable spirit and grit leaves little doubt that she will end up on top. Sharratt's drawings help to keep the mood light, as Wilson again shapes a convincing and memorable heroine with a snappy, fresh voice. Ages 8-12.

Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal

Grade 4-6-A first-person narrative about a bright and feisty girl. Tracy has spent most of her life in the British foster-care system, always fantasizing that her mother will come back for her. When Cam, a writer, comes to the home to do research for an article, she and Tracy connect. Not intimidated by the angry 10-year-old's tantrums and fibs, Cam exerts a positive influence on Tracy, who finally makes overtures of friendship to some of the other kids. Tracy is at times a tough character to like-she is rude, sarcastic, and unfriendly. However, perceptive readers will quickly see beneath the outrageous tales and bravado a vulnerable youngster desperate to be loved. The book ends rather abruptly, with Tracy asking Cam to be her foster parent, but readers will be glad to know a sequel is imminent. Sharratt's witty cartoonlike drawings enliven this universal tale of a child struggling to belong. Readers will root for Tracy, who never admits to tears, only to attacks of hay fever. A well-paced and involving novel in which a memorable character learns to cope better with her very real problems.
B. Allison Gray, South Country Library, Bellport, NY
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on December 12, 2003
Format: Paperback
I would rate it that because it just ended. It didn't really have such a good ending. All the Jacqueline Wilson books I've read did the same thing. It just ended. Otherwise it was a really good book. The book makes you never want to stop reading. It is really exciting and fun to read. I really like The Story Of Tracy Beaker. My favorite (or FAVOURITE) character is Tracy. Tracy is my favorite character because she reminds me of my friend Louisa. She reminds me of my friend Louisa because they both can be really stubborn sometimes and they are both be really fun. I mean I don't know Tracy is fun because I haven't met her but she seems fun. I would recommend it to all the girls in our class. I don't think the boys would like it so much.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on December 16, 2004
Format: Paperback
The start of Tracy Beaker is a book which i recomend highly. Right from the begining of the book i have been hooked and wasnt able to put it down again. I dont read many books but this a book which i i enjoyed a lot. i recomend you all to read this book.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Raj on December 6, 2005
Format: Hardcover
While I was in the library, walking down the various aisles, I saw this book, and thought that it was a little strange for a children's book. Curious as to what the story was about, I decided to take it. Once I started reading it, I just couldn't put this book down. I finished reading it entirely in one sitting. It is one of the best books that I feel I have read recently.

Tracy Beaker is a young girl who lives in a children's home. She tells us a little about her likes, dislikes, and other aspects of her personality before the story starts. She hopes that her mother (who Tracy says is famous actress) will come one day and pick her up, and will share her adventures with Tracy. Until then, she decides to spend her time by writing her autobiography (which is what this book is all about). She writes down her bad experiences in the foster homes that she lived in, her rivalry with Justine Littlewood, and her silly friendship with Peter Ingham, among other things.

Jacqueline Wilson did a wonderful job in writing this book. Since this is the first book that I had read of hers, I feel tempted to read her other works. She portrays the life of Tracy in different angles, and tells the story in such a humorous way that it just draws the readers and makes them feel for the character. Nick Sharratt drew cute illustrations that went well with the story. What made me enjoy this book more was the fact that it was told in a realistic way. It doesn't have the typical happy ending, but you feel satisfied and happy for Tracy in the end anyway. The language is simple, but I wouldn't advice children below 8 to read this book, as it contains quite a bit of profanity.

"The story of Tracy Beaker" is funny, emotional, and told in a unique way, and I would recommend anyone, adult or child, to pick up a copy and read it.
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Review by YMP, age 11:

This is another winner from Jacqueline Wilson. It is a wonderful story about a child named Tracy Beaker who has spent almost her whole life in Children's Care. Even if you haven't been in foster care before, you can relate to her experiences. She has troubles just like everybody(Read: Peter Ingham, a weedy little kid who thinks she is his friend just because they share a birthday, and Justine Littlewood, a nasty snitch who is mean to everybody except Tracy's ex-best friend) but not quite like everybody. The characters are well thought out and the ending, where you don't know if Cam will adopt her yet, leaves you asking for more. This book is good for adults who like a short, funny story or kids who like books about other kids (basically every kid). Myself, I didn't half like it.If you liked this book, try reading The Suitcase Kid, also by Jacqueline Wilson.I have only given it 4 stars, because Americans and Canadians might find it hard to get used to Tracy's British vocabulary.
--YMP
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A Kid's Review on September 19, 2008
Format: Paperback
tracy beaker is my fantasy book of my whole childhood starting from 5 years old,im 10 now and just cant stop reading it.Im going to give it five stars because it has loads of exiting words and the text is smashing.i cant seem too work out though why the author sometimes puts in words and they says the oppisitething for example she writes tracy beaker likes dogs and then she dont.

I admire jaqueline willsons books especially tracy beaker.I bet im a number 1 fan and the reason why is all i ever do is either sit down and read tracy beaker or sit on my inflatable sofa and look on the internet and read other peoples reviews on tracy beaker.

by courtney
phoenix class
yr6
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A Kid's Review on January 14, 2006
Format: Paperback
This book is fun and very easy to read and a little bit sad at the same time. It's the story of a girl named Tracy who hates almost everybody around her, but she really loves her mom and wishes she would come pick her up from the children's home. She likes to think her mom is a Hollywood star. Tracy thinks she is the smartest girl and she's a little bit self-centered (I think you'll understand this from the book cover!). After she meets Cam, she starts to like other people.

I recommend this book for ages...I think any age will enjoy it!
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