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Jacqueline Wilson

Who Is Jacqueline Wilson?

Jacqueline Wilson was born on 17th of December 1945, in Bath, Somerset, England, UK. She is a very famous writer, known for her vast and diverse work in children's literature. Jacqueline has written about 75 books some of which have won awards.

Biography

Jacqueline Wilson was born in Bath in 1945, but spent most of her childhood in Kingston-on-Thames. She always wanted to be a writer and wrote her first ‘novel’ when she was nine, filling in countless Woolworths’ exercise books as she grew up. As a teenager she started work for a magazine publishing company and then went on to work as a journalist on Jackie magazine (which she was told was named after her!) before turning to writing novels full-time.

One of Jacqueline’s most successful and enduring creations has been the famous Tracy Beaker, who first appeared in 1991 in The Story of Tracy Beaker. This was also the first of her books to be illustrated by Nick Sharratt. Since then Jacqueline has been on countless awards shortlists and has gone on to win many awards. The Illustrated Mum won the Guardian Children’s Fiction Award, the 1999 Children’s Book of the Year at the British Book Awards and was also shortlisted for the 1999 Whitbread Children’s Book Award. Double Act won the prestigious Smarties Medal and the Children’s Book Award as well as being highly commended for the Carnegie Medal. The Story of Tracy Beaker won the 2002 Blue Peter People’s Choice Award.

Jacqueline is one of the nation’s favourite authors, and her books are loved and cherished by young readers not only in the UK but all over the world. She has sold millions of books and in the UK alone the total now stands at over 35 millions!


Style

Jacqueline's stories have greater choice than most children's books, including such difficult topics as abuse, grief, divorce, foster care and mental illness. Her prose is often interspersed with ink drawings by illustrator Nick Sharratt, who also designs the covers for her books. She usually writes first person narrative. All of Wilson's books are fiction except Jacky Daydream and My Secret Diary.


Popularity

Over 30 million copies of Jacqueline Wilson's books have been sold in the UK alone. Four books were ranked among the 100 most popular books in Britain: Double Act, Girls In Love, Vicky Angel, and The Story of Tracy Beaker. Fourteen books by Wilson ranked in the top 200.


Top 10 Jacqueline Wilson Books

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10 My Sister Jodie

Girls out late ( my opinion)

I read this book for my project! I really enjoyed reading it, because this book is special, it's not something what I read before. Jacqueline's books are mostly for young girls, not teenagers, but this one is very helpful in the future life! I would recommend this book and author only to girls because boys won't understand it.






Website

Jacqueline Wilson also has her own website. There are a lot of competitions! You can check for updates and you can become a site member today.

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