Jacqueline Wilson is an extremely well-known and hugely popular author. THE ILLUSTRATED MUM was chosen as British Children's Book of the Year in 1999 and was winner of the Guardian Children's Fiction Award 2000. Jacqueline has won the prestigious Smarties Prize and the Children's Book Award for DOUBLE ACT, which was also highly commended for the Carnegie Medal. Jacqueline was awarded an OBE in 2002.
Once again, Jacqueline Wilson has created a pitch-perfect, heartfelt story for older readers, with emotionally engaging insights into teenage pregnancy and motherhood in the early 1960s, and a timelessly resonant representation of treading that tricky tightrope between childhood and teenhood. Imagine a moving, teen-centred episode of Call the Midwife with added empathy. 14-year-old Laura comes from a proud working-class family. Young for her age, Laura hasn’t had any experience of boys until she befriends glamorous, wealthy Nina, the daughter of two doctors. Laura is incredibly flattered by Nina’s attention, but aware she lives in what’s known as the “Shanty Town”, while Nina has everything she could possibly wish for, and kissing experience to boot. The dynamics between the two girls is incredibly realistic, perfectly capturing the differences between them. A trip to the lido sees Laura coaxed into spending time with a pair of older French boys. Uncomfortable with Nina’s flirting, Laura leaves, but one of the boys insists on walking her home, and leads her into the cricket changing rooms. She’s not sure what happened, but a few months later she discovers she’s pregnant. Deemed to be “spoiled goods”, Laura’s parents send her to a special home for girls in her circumstances, where she’s the youngest, where girls are typically forced to give up their babies. Truly moving, true-to-life, rich in detail that evokes the 1960s setting, and suffused with compassion, the beautiful afterword sees Laura in her seventies, reflecting on the courageous, life-changing decision she made all those years ago, thanks to the help of her forward-thinking aunt.
I held his hand tight and knew that we were best friends for ever. More than best friends. Sylvie and Carl have been friends since they were tiny children. They've always played together, called each other boyfriend and girlfriend and even have a magic fantasy world that belongs to them alone. Deep down, Sylvie has always believed that they'd end up married. But as they get older, things start to change. Carl has a new friend, Paul, taking all his attention. Now, Carl seems much less happy to be called Sylvie's boyfriend - he even avoids having to kiss her in spin the bottle! Sylvie can tell his feelings have changed and that their future together might not be so clear-cut after all. But can she guess at the true reasons behind it all? Touching and compelling, Kiss is a delicately handled coming-of-age tale of first love by award-winning Jacqueline Wilson. A beautiful and touching story about love and whom it's directed to - First News
A wonderfully written and engaging teenage memoir: read all about Jacqueline's problems with her family, her first love, her school life and her friends. Read extracts from her real diaries and the stories she wrote as a teenager; learn all about the music and books she loved, her troubled school life and her parents' difficult relationship. Written in Jacqueline's usual and inimitable style, this will be fascinating reading for her fans, and for anyone who's interested in what life in the UK was like in the fifties and sixties.
My name is Sapphire Battersea. Doesn't that sound beautiful? When Hetty Feather, a foundling, is finally reunited with her mother, she hopes that her beautiful new name, Sapphire Battersea, will also mean a new life! But things don't always go as planned... The twists and turns of Hetty's adventure are endless - she goes to work as a maid for a wealthy man, and she even finds a new sweetheart! But Hetty's life may also take a darker path. Can she cope with the trials ahead? As wise, warm and deliciously readable as ever - Daily Express Enter the amazing world of Hetty Feather and follow her adventures throughout the series: 1. Hetty Feather 2. Sapphire Battersea 3. Emerald Star 4. Diamond
Now a MAJOR MOTION PICTURE starring Michael Caine, Russell Brand and Matthew Goode. Rosalind is the eldest sister. Robbie is her younger brother. Smash is their stepsister - and she isn't too happy about it! Maudie is the baby of the family. Now you've met the four children. But what is IT? A number one bestselling story of four children who discover an extraordinary way to make wishes come true, inspired by E Nesbit's classic, Five Children and It.
Brought to you by Penguin. Do you believe in fairies? Mab's mum is obsessed with fairies - she even named Mab after the Fairy Queen! When Mab wakes up on her birthday she's given a frilly, pink fairy dress from her mum. Even though Mab doesn't really like girly things, she wears it to school to make her mum happy, but she knows horrible Cathy at school will take the mickey. Mab isn't sure how to feel when her teacher gifts her an old fairy book. But when Mab finds a tiny pressed flower inside, her views on fairies quickly change... A charming, captivating story about family and friendship from the brilliant, award-winning Jacqueline Wilson. (c) Jacqueline Wilson 2022 (P) Penguin Audio 2022
Penguin Readers is an ELT graded reader series for learners of English as a foreign language. With carefully adapted text, new illustrations and language learning exercises, the print edition also includes instructions to access supporting material online. Titles include popular classics, exciting contemporary fiction, and thought-provoking non-fiction, introducing language learners to bestselling authors and compelling content. The eight levels of Penguin Readers follow the Common European Framework of Reference for language learning (CEFR). Exercises at the back of each Reader help language learners to practise grammar, vocabulary, and key exam skills. Before, during and after-reading questions test readers' story comprehension and develop vocabulary. The Story of Tracy Beaker, a Level 2 Reader, is A1+ in the CEFR framework. Sentences contain a maximum of two clauses, introducing the future tenses will and going to, present continuous for future meaning, and comparatives and superlatives. It is well supported by illustrations, which appear on most pages. Ten-year-old Tracy Beaker lives in a children's home. No one wants Tracy because she is very naughty. But one day, a writer, Cam, comes to the children's home and changes Tracy's life. Visit the Penguin Readers website Exclusively with the print edition, readers can unlock online resources including a digital book, audio edition, lesson plans and answer keys.
Discover the Magic Faraway Tree and explore the amazing lands it can lead to, in an irresistible new story by bestselling author Jacqueline Wilson, set in this much-loved world. Milo, Mia and Birdy are on a countryside holiday when they wander into an Enchanted Wood. Among the whispering leaves, there is a beautiful tree that stands high above the rest. The Magic Faraway Tree is home to many remarkable creatures including a fairy called Silky, her best friend Moonface and more. Little Birdy is only too happy to find that fairies are real. Even her older brother and sister are soon won over by the magic of the Faraway Tree and the extraordinary places they discover above it, including the Land of Unicorns. But not every land is so much fun. Danger looms in the Land of Dragons. Will Moonface's magic work in time to save the children? The Magic Faraway Tree by Enid Blyton was Jacqueline Wilson's own favourite book as a very young child. Now Britain's favourite contemporary children's author, creator of Hetty Feather and Tracy Beaker, revisits this glorious magical world, weaving a brand-new story perfect for the next generation of young readers. Discover the magic!
Jacqueline Wilson understands the complex interpersonal relationships of teenagers so well and writes with an unparalleled realness and rawness. I loved this book. It was heartbreaking but warm, unflinching yet somehow cosy. Nobody writes like Jacqueline Wilson. Long may she reign! I couldn't get the characters out of my head. - Holly Bourne A heartbreaking, compelling and timely story for older readers about teen pregnancy and its consequences, family trouble and unlikely friendships, set in 1960. When Laura meets a French exchange student, Leon, she is flattered by his interest in her. She's never had any sort of boyfriend before. One night, Leon walks Laura home - and her life will never be the same again. Things start to change for Laura - first her moods, and then her body. Laura isn't prepared for what she learns next - and doesn't even know how it could have happened. When her family learns her secret, they are horrified. Sent away to save them from shame, Laura meets girls just like herself, whose families have given up on them - and they become a family for each other at the most difficult time in all their lives. An emotional and moving tale for fans of Dear Nobody and Juno. Not suitable for younger readers
'An unbelievable talent' - David Walliams From multi-million bestselling author Jacqueline Wilson and inspired by E. Nesbit's timeless classic, The Primrose Railway Children is a gorgeous, heartwarming story of family secrets and new adventures. Sit back and enjoy the journey! Phoebe Robinson loves making up stories - just like her wonderful, imaginative Dad. When he mysteriously disappears, Phoebe, Perry, Becks and their mum must leave everything behind and move to a small cottage in the middle of nowhere. Struggling to feel at home and missing her Dad terribly, Phoebe's only distraction is her guinea pig Daisy. Until the family discover the thrilling steam trains at the railway station and suddenly, every day is filled with adventure. But Phoebe still can't help wondering, what is Mum hiding and more worryingly is Dad okay?
GROWING UP. FALLING IN LOVE. COMING OUT. Frankie is nearly fourteen and teenage life certainly comes with its ups and downs. Her mum is seriously ill with MS and Frankie can feel herself growing up quickly, no thanks to Sally and her gang of bullies at school. When Sally turns out to be not-so-mean after all, they strike up a friendship and are suddenly spending all of their time together. But soon Frankie starts to wonder about the feelings she has for Sally. She doesn't want Sally to just be her friend. She wants her to be her girlfriend. But does Sally feel the same? The must-have novel about falling in love for the first time from bestselling, much-loved children's author, Jacqueline Wilson.
The must-have new Victorian novel from bestselling, much-loved children's author, Jacqueline Wilson. Victorian London, 1851. Queen Victoria is on the throne and the Great Exhibition is about to open! Lucy Locket lives with her father, the New Mother and the New Baby. They sent away her beloved Nurse and replaced her with a horrid governess. Lucy desperately wants someone to be kind to her, and to have some fun - there's very little of that in her house. Kitty Fisher is a street performer who earns tin for her supper by tumbling. She has always lived on the street and on her wits, with only the kind Gaffer to help her. But now Gaffer is gone, and Kitty is all alone. When Lucy runs away from home, Kitty shows Lucy how to survive - where to find the best picnic leftovers in the park, and which trees makes the best beds. Lucy learns quickly and shows Kitty her own skills - befriending families to get free meals and singing beautiful melodies for the crowds. But the streets of Victorian London are dangerous and soon the girls find themselves under threat from thieves - and even worse, the Workhouse!
Tracy Beaker is back! Watch The Beaker Girls, the brand-new series on CBBC! Jacqueline Wilson's FUNNIEST, FIERCEST and most BELOVED new heroine JESS BEAKER returns for another AMAZING ADVENTURE. Jess and Tracy Beaker have found happiness in The Dumping Ground. Not that Dumping Ground- the children's home that Tracy grew up in- but a seaside antique shop full of treasures, along with Flo, the owner, and Alfie, their dog. Jess is looking for a fantastic new boyfriend for her mum (mostly because Tracy's awful ex Sean is back on the scene). But Jess has bigger problems of her own. She's being picked on by a local kid who's got it in for her. But when Jess uncovers the truth about her new enemy, it means big changes for the Beaker Girls... *The SEQUEL to the award-winning MY MUM TRACY BEAKER* ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Praise for Tracy Beaker: 'Wilson can still step effortlessly into the mind of a nine year old, and her chatty prose will sweep you along' - The Daily Telegraph 'This warm-hearted story about the importance of family and friends is classic Jacqueline Wilson' - First News '[A] cosy woolly jumper of a book about wish fulfilment and its alternatives' - The Observer
A glittering trip back in time to the 1920s! 'Wild glamour, class conflict, buried secrets and a cameo appearance by Hetty Feather are all delivered with Wilson's inimitable, intensely readable flair, interspersed with Nick Sharratt's cheery illustrations' - The Guardian A sparkling and glamorous novel from the beloved, bestselling children's author, Jacqueline Wilson! In a little cottage on the edge of the grand Somerset Estate, Mona lives with her aunt - a dressmaker to the lady of the house. Life on the edge of the Somerset Estate means that Mona knows she will never have a life full of beautiful clothes and riches. But soon, that will all change . . . When Lady Somerset dies and a new member of the family inherits the house, Mona is propelled into a life of razzle-dazzle parties, new Bohemian friends and wonderful trips to London. However, even with these changes Mona discovers that she cannot dance away from her past. History is brought to life for children like never before, from the bestselling author of Hetty Feather and Tracy Beaker!
Previously published as bestselling book The Dare Game. I'M TRACY BEAKER, THE GREAT INVENTOR OF EXTREMELY OUTRAGEOUS DARES - AND I DARE YOU TO READ A MORE BRILLIANT STORY THAN THIS! I've bought a big fat purple notebook for writing down all my mega-manic ultra-scary stories in. But especially for my own story. Of how my foster-mum, Cam, has turned out to be a real meanie. No designer clothes, when I really need them. A pokey flat, and a horrible new school. No wonder I bunk off . . . Still, it will have to do until my real mum comes and gets me. And until then, no-one is going to be better at the Dare Game than Tracy Beaker!
Penguin presents the audiobook edition of Ladybird Tales of Adventurous Girls retold by Julia Bruce, read by Jacqueline Wilson and Vanessa Kirby. Girls can save the day too, and they always have . . . Join six adventurous girls from around the world as they use their wits, courage and strength to overcome the odds. With an introduction from award-winning author Jacqueline Wilson. Gretel and Hansel Tamasha and the Troll Tokoyo and the Sea Serpent Chandra and the Elephants Sea Girl and the Golden Key The Snow Queen Perfect for bedtime, these empowering tales show that girls can be the heroes of any story.
The perfect Christmas gift for young writers and Jacqueline Wilson fans! Discover The Book Of YOU, an interactive journal packed full of pages to fill in and record everything about YOU! Featuring some of your favourite characters - including Tracy Beaker, Floss from Candyfloss, Ruby and Garnet from Double Act! Packed with prompts, young writers will adore sharing their BIGGEST worries and favourite books. Featuring Nick Sharratt's joyful illustrations and plenty of space to add your own, budding illustrators will spend hours drawing their dream bedrooms, perfect birthday party and silly faces.