With over 100 books under her belt, Jacqueline Wilson truly has something for all types for readers.
Heartwarming and Funny Stories (7+)
Explore the unknown and get ready to giggle! Tim isn’t what you would call the outdoorsy type… he prefers, well, let’s just say more armchair pursuits. So, when his dad sends him off on an adventure holiday, Tim expects nothing short of the ABSOLUTE WORST; we’re talking, climbing, canoeing, ABSEILING and a Crazy Bucket Race! Poor Tim. Can he survive this week of absolute horrors jam-packed full of vigorous non-sitting? And can his team – the Tigers – come out on top in the end? There are some surprises in store for everyone in Jacqueline Wilson’s Cliffhanger.
This story follows Daisy, the newest member of the Alphabet Club. Being the new girl in the group, Daisy wants to do everything she can to fit in with the rest of the Alphabet Club; even though one of the girls – Chloe – isn’t exactly making that easy for her. Things go from tricky to stressful when all the girl’s start planning their own elaborate birthday sleepover parties. As the girls prepare to attend her sleepover, Daisy starts to worry about introducing this group of friends to her rather special older sister. What will happen when her worlds collide?
Inspiring friendships and families (8+)
Jacqueline Wilson is a fan of both drawing on and adapting concepts and characters from the past. Katy is a classic example, as this story is actually inspired by an 1872 novel called What Katy Did. Wilson has imagined up an irresistible, adventurous and resilient 21st-century heroine whose life changes dramatically after a terrible accident, in her modern version of Katy. This book is one that fans of both Hetty Feather and Tracy Beaker are destined to fall in love with.
The Butterfly Club
Tina is the teeny one in her triplet and, as such, her sisters are VERY protective of her. But she is soon forced to spread her wings and fly solo when the girls are split up in the mean Miss Lovejoy’s class. Tina is paired up with the class bully Selma (can this get any worse?!) and the two girls are asked to help Miss Lovejoy build a butterfly garden. Tina soon learns that there’s far more to most people than meets the eye, including herself. A beautiful story about unlikely friendships and standing on your own two feet.
The Suitcase Kid
For as long as she can remember, Andy lived with her mum, dad and Radish, her Sylvanian rabbit. But everything’s different now; now, her mum lives with Bill the Baboon and his three kids, while her dad lives with Carrie and the twins. Life has been turned totally upside down for Andy since the divorce; she spends one week with mum’s new family, then one week with dad’s. Repeat. It’s as easy as A B C; at least that’s what everyone keeps telling her. All Andy wants is a home to call her own again, but will she find one?
Laugh out loud adventures (8+)
The Story of Tracy Beaker
Get ready to laugh out loud alongside one of Jacqueline Wilson’s most adventurous, most opinionated, and most iconic characters! The Story of Tracy Beaker is a perfect choice if you’re just beginning your Jacqueline Wilson journey. It follows 10-year-old Tracy as she navigates life in a children’s care home – or as she prefers to call it, ‘The Dumping Ground’. If you still need some persuasion, here are a few words from Tracy herself (she insisted): “I'm Tracy Beaker. This is a book all about me. I'd read it if I were you. It's the most incredible dynamic heart-rending story. Honest.”
The Worst Thing About My Sister
Get set for a roller-coaster ride of emotions in this story of sisterhood. Readers are introduced to two very popular Jacqueline Wilson characters in this read – Melissa and Marty. Now, these siblings might be related, but they couldn’t be more different if they tried. Marty loves playing football and hiding in her secret den, while Melissa loves Justin Bieber and all things pink. So, imagine the collision course when these two are forced to share a room!
Take a step back in time (9+)
Wave Me Goodbye
In Wave Me Goodbye, Jacqueline Wilson transports readers to September 1939, at the beginning of the Second World War. We meet Shirley who is being sent away on a train with her schoolmates. All she’s been told is that she’s going on ‘a little holiday’. Along with two boys from East End London, Shirley is relocated to the strange, half-empty Red House, belonging to the mysterious and reclusive Mrs Waverley. What happens next, none of them could’ve ever imagined.
Dancing the Charleston
Jacqueline Wilson’s story will transport readers all the way back to the roaring twenties. Mona lives on the edge of the magnificent Somerset estate with her aunt – a brilliant dressmaker for the lady of the house. Despite never knowing either of her parents, Mona knows her aunt will always look out for her. Then Lady Somerset dies, leaving the house to be taken over by a more bohemian family member. Mona’s world begins to revolve around dazzling balls, trips to London, delicious food and wild new friends. But all this glitz and glamour comes with secrets…
Hetty Feather is one of Jacqueline Wilson’s most well-known period characters. Hetty was born in London in the year 1876. She was left as a baby on the steps of the Foundling Hospital and sent to live with a foster family in the country. Although life in the country isn’t exactly easy, our heroine lives a life full of fun and imagination alongside her foster brothers. But, Hetty’s world is soon turned upside down when she must return to the Foundling Hospital to begin her education and unpick her past… Explore a different time in this unique Victorian tale.
Families that weather all storms together (10+)
The Illustrated Mum
The Illustrated Mum is a raw and powerful story that deals with themes of sisterhood, growing up and mental health. We’re introduced to two sisters – Dolphin and Star – and their mum, Marigold. Marigold isn’t like other mums; she has tattoos all over her body, bright hair and wonderful clothes. Marigold may look amazing, but for her daughters – especially Star – living with her unpredictable moods can be tough. Sometimes it seems like the girls are looking after their mum, rather than the other way round. Is Marigold the right person to be looking after them? Important lessons are illustrated in this story of a family.
My Sister Jodie
A beautiful, turbulent and at times, heart-aching story of family, change and resilience await in My Sister Jodie. For as long as she can remember, Pearl has looked up to her brave and brash sister, Jodie. But when the girls are forced to change school and attend posh boarding school, Melchester College, dynamics between the sisters change. As Pearl becomes more popular, Jodie seems to be getting into more and more trouble. Pearl begins to wonder whether she needs her big sister as much anymore; but when tragedy strikes, that question is answered.
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When Jesse O wrote Locked Down (then titled Staying Home) back in 2011, she never imagined that almost a decade later, the events of her novel would prove spookily accurate . . .
Syd, the Muster Pony tells the story of the Wilson sisters' most epic adventure yet, and it's inspired by a real-life road trip Kelly and her sisters took in 2001! (warning: this article might induce a desperate longing to go adventuring around the country, read on at your own risk)
Find out the inspiration behind Beyond Burnout, as well as what you'll learn from reading it!
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Hairy Maclary and his friends are known and loved all over the world. But how familiar are you with Dame Lynley Dodd's other creations? There are plenty to discover, and just like Hairy Maclary, they all feature Lynely's uniquely exuberant artwork and gorgeously readable rhymes! Here are some suggestions to get you started.
After an exhausting and unusual 2020, we’ve got plenty of reasons to be grateful for a new year, not least because of the stellar line up of children’s books we have coming your way over the next few months!Read on for a sneak peek at some of the best new children’s books we’re bringing to you in 2021.