Tracy Beaker is back … as a single mum fighting to make ends meet

Jacqueline Wilson shot to fame 27 years ago with the story of a girl in a care home. She talks about her new book on the now grown-up heroine

It has been 27 years since Jacqueline Wilson, then a little-known children’s author, got together with Nick Sharratt, a young illustrator, and conceived one of the most outrageous characters in children’s literature: Tracy Beaker, 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 – and this time Tracy is a mother with a challenging nine-year-old daughter of her own.

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