It has been 27 years since author Jacqueline Wilson and illustrator Nick Sharratt, gave us Tracy Beaker. It was one of the most outrageous characters in children’s literature – the feistiest, funniest 10-year-old ever raised in the dumping ground of a care home.
Now Tracy is back, in a new illustrated book set on a rough housing estate in modern-day London. This time Tracy is a mother with a challenging nine-year-old daughter of her own.
Millions of us grew up reading Wilson’s literature. Author of 64 books, she made a lasting impression on many a young reader with her lovable and often troubled characters. Most of these were nearly always children themselves. She tackled issues such as mental illness, adoption and bullying, subjects which are topical to this day.
Tracy is arguably her most famous creation. In her upcoming book, My Mum Tracy Beaker, Wilson reveals what Tracy’s life is like, two decades later.
Tracy is now a single mum to a nine-year-old daughter (whose perspective it’s told from) and living on a “rough” estate in London.
Speaking to the Guardian, Wilson said: “It’s stimulating to think about how people develop as they get older.
“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.”