Jacqueline Wilson has written a new Tracy Beaker novel, this time showing Beaker as a mother with a child of her own.
My Mum Tracy Beaker is set on a housing estate in London, where Tracy lives with her nine-year-old daughter. The book is told through the eyes of the daughter, Jess.
“Jess looks like a mini version of her mum - but she's not quite as fiery,” said Wilson. “Well, not often. Jess and Tracy are living a hand-to-mouth existence on a tough housing estate but when Tracy meets up with someone from her past, their whole lives are turned upside down. It's a laugh-a-lot and weep-a-little story - with a few surprising twists.”
Penguin Random House Children’s acquired the UK and Commonwealth rights from Caroline Walsh at David Higham Associates. The book will be illustrated by Nick Sharratt and published under the Puffin imprint in October.
Kelly Hurst, editorial director at Penguin Random House Children’s Books, said: “When Jacqueline Wilson created Tracy Beaker she was paving the way for inclusive, inspirational, rebellious stories of girls. She also created her funniest, most defiant and most beloved character – and we are delighted that she has returned to Tracy’s story. My Mum Tracy Beaker is funny, emotional and joyous, and will be loved by today’s children and anyone who grew up with Jacqueline’s books.”
The Story of Tracy Beaker was first published in 1991 and showed Tracy as a girl growing up in care. It is Wilson's bestselling book to date, selling 443,709 copies through Nielsen BookScan and spawning three sequels and a BBC adaptation.
News of Wilson's latest move was revealed this weekend by freelance journalist Donna Ferguson in the Observer.