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Jacqueline Wilson recently revealed that Tracy Beaker will return in her new book, however, fans are not happy with the storyline.

The popular children’s author shared that Tracy Beaker is now a single mum, who is living in a rough housing estate, struggling to make ends meet.

Fans of the famous character were delighted to hear that a new book was on the way, however, many readers expressed their anger over how Tracy’s storyline turned out.

Taking to Twitter, fans discussed the new book, “Would it not be a more positive story to make Tracy Beaker a success following her time in care?” one wrote.

Another questioned the influence the novel will have on young readers, “Jacqueline Wilson writing a new Tracy Beaker book about Tracey now being a single mum in and out of work struggling to make ends meet living on a rough London housing estate. Nice inspiring message for 8-year-olds that if you start your life poor you’ll end it poor.”

“I feel sad for Tracy Beaker that she ended up struggling and single – would have been triumphant for her to have broken the cycle of her own upbringing,” said another.

However, amongst the negative response were plenty of joyous fans who loved the original book The Story of Tracy Beaker, which was released 27 years ago.

One mum wrote, “This is such exciting news! Just in time for my 31st birthday too…looking forward to catching up with one of my favourite childhood heroines and her daughter (that bit seems so surreal!)”

Another mum shared, “I cannot wait to tell my 12-year-old daughter! She will be so excited! I think I’ll be borrowing this one from her too! Only fair seeing as I passed on some of my books to her.”

Speaking about the return of one of her most famous characters, author Jacqueline Wilson admitted to The Guardian, “Tracy has been a character that’s haunted me. She’s the sort of person who sticks in your mind.”

She also reassured fans, “ 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.”

My Mum Tracy Beaker will be released in October 2018. The book will be narrated by Tracy’s daughter, Jess.

The book may be aimed at seven to 11-year-olds but we know there will be many grown-ups sneakily reading My Mum Tracy Beaker too.


The Story of Tracy Beaker was definitely a favourite growing up.

Who else had piles of Jacqueline Wilson books in their bedroom as an adolescent?

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Well, the writer has confirmed to The Mail on Sunday that she's writing a sequel to the Tracy Beaker books.

In 2000, the Dame wrote a sequel to The Story of Tracy Beaker called The Dare Game followed by Starring Tracy Beaker in 2006 and Tracy Beaker's Thumping Heart in 2009.

The 71-year-old said that the new book will concentrate on Tracy's life as an adult, as she has now become a mum with a high-flying career.

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However, unlike the other books, this story will be told through Tracy's daughter's eyes, as she and her mum get into "all sorts of funny situations."

Who else wants to know what Tracy has gotten up to as an adult? We certainly do.


Double Act, The Suitcase Kid, The Story of Tracy Beaker, Vicky Angel… If you're getting all the nostalgic feels just hearing those words then we have some great news for you.

As one of the most successful children's authors of the last two decades, Dame Jacqueline Wilson has penned countless bestsellers, but for the most part she shies away from the public eye.

If you're a fan of her work though, get yourself to the RDS on May 5 at 6.30pm, where Jacqueline will be speaking as part of Dublin's International Literature Festival.

According the the event organisers, the famed author will be chatting about "some of her most popular characters, including Tracy Beaker and Hetty Feather, and her brand new book, Rent-a-Bridesmaid."

Tickets start at a (frankly bargainous) €5 for kids and €7 for adults and are on sale now.

More information here.


Many a weekend morning was spent in front of the TV, cornflakes in tow, watching the crazy life of Tracy Beaker.

For many, it was a weekly ritual, and made you want to get up to all sorts of mad things. 

Well, now the former teen star, Dani Harmer, is making us feel rather old, as she has revealed that she's pregnant.

The actress is expecting her first child with boyfriend Simon Brough, and has admitted that she's "always wanted to be a mum."

In an interview with Hello!, Dani said: "I absolutely can't wait. I'm also really nervous. But I guess I just have to take each day as it comes."

Her boyfriend, Simon, also seems to be pretty excited about the upcoming arrival.

"Starting a family is something we've joked about pretty much from day one," he said.

"But we don't want to get married just because we're having a baby. Dani wants the little one to walk up the aisle with us, so we'll have to wait a fair few years for that." 

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