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Jacqueline Wilson

  • 5 stars across 199 books
Jacqueline Wilson Biography

Jacqueline Wilson is a much loved and hugely successful English children’s book author. She was born in Bath in 1945 but grew up in Kingston Upon Thames, not far from London.

Her writing often deals with difficult but essential topics such as divorce, bullying and mental illness and her fans say they really feel she understands the issues that effect them as children.

Jacqueline’s commitment to children and children’s literacy has been recognized on several levels. She was awarded an OBE for services to literacy in 2002, in 2005 she was appointed the fourth Children’s Laureate and in 2008 she became Dame Jacqueline Wilson.

If you’re a big Jacqueline Wilson fan you might like to know there is a Jacqueline Wilson magazine aimed at anyone aged 7-12 who loves reading, writing and creating.   

Jacqueline Wilson Facts

Jacqueline didn’t take A-Level English until she was 40 but she (unsurprisingly) got a grade A.

She is rumoured to have about 15,000 books in her house!

Although Jacqueline has won many awards for her books, her most famous series is probably her Tracy Beaker series. The first book in the series, The Story of Tracy Beaker was written in 1991, more than 25 years ago!

Our favourite Jacqueline Wilson book characters

Tracy Beaker from the Tracy Beaker series
Katy Carr from Katy
Tina from The Butterly Club

Key Jacqueline Wilson Series

Tracy Beaker Series
- The Story of Tracy Beaker (1991)
- The Dare Game (2000)
- Starring Tracy Beaker (2006)
- The Tracy Beaker Quiz Book (2009)
- Ask Tracy Beaker (2010)
- Tracy Beaker Trilogy (2012)

Hetty Feather Series
- Hetty Feather (2009)
- Sapphire Battersea (2011)
- Emerald Star (2012)
- Diamond (2013)
- Little Stars (2015)

Our favourite Jacqueline Wilson book quotes

“Well, I didn’t need them. I didn’t need anyone. I was Lola Rose. I just wished I looked more like my idea of Lola Rose” (Lola Rose)

“Will you stop trying to be brave! It’s me, Mama! You can be honest with me.” (Hetty in Sapphire Battersea)



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10th July 2015

Hetty Feather

London, 1876. Hetty Feather is a tiny, fiery-haired baby when her mother leaves her on the steps of the Foundling Hospit... MoreHetty Feather

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6th October 2016

Clover Moon

Clover Moon's imagination is her best escape from a life of hardship in poverty-stricken Victorian London. When tragedy ... MoreClover Moon

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30th July 2015


Katy's life changes in dramatic and unexpected ways after a serious accident. Inspired by the much-loved classic, What K... MoreKaty

(38 reviews) Review
15th May 2017

Wave Me Goodbye

September, 1939. As the Second World War begins, ten-year-old Shirley is sent away on a train with her schoolmates. She ... MoreWave Me Goodbye

(38 reviews) Review
7th January 2013

The Worst Thing About My Sister

Marty and her sister Melissa couldn't be more different."That's the worst thing about my sister. She NEVER misses a chan... MoreThe Worst Thing About My Sister

(34 reviews) Review
5th May 2016

Rent a Bridesmaid

Tilly can't believe it when her best friend Matty is asked to be a bridesmaid. In Tilly's favourite daydream, she's kitt... MoreRent a Bridesmaid

(32 reviews) Review
7th March 2013

The Story of Tracy Beaker

STRICTLY PRIVATE. KEEP OUT ON PAIN OF DEATH.I'm Tracy Beaker - have you heard of me? I'm stuck in The Dumping Ground jus... MoreThe Story of Tracy Beaker

(32 reviews) Review
3rd April 2007


Floss's parents are divorced, and she divides up her week, spending five days with her mum, her new stepdad and her ba... MoreCandyfloss

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2nd January 2012

Lily Alone

Lily isn't home ALONE - but she sort of wishes she was; looking after her three younger siblings is a lot of responsibil... MoreLily Alone

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My Mum Tracy Beaker: Now a major TV series

Everyone's favourite feisty heroine - Tracy Beaker is BACK in this entertaining novel featuring her daughter Jess. N... MoreMy Mum Tracy Beaker: Now a major TV series

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