We'd like to wish a very happy birthday to Jacqueline Wilson!
On this day (Dec 17), beloved children's author Jacqueline Wilson turns 75 years old. Jacqueline's titles feature heavily in many top children's book lists and have frequently touched on themes such as adoption, divorce, mental illness and being part of the LGBTQ+ community.
Her books are always very well borrowed at libraries, including our own, so we wished to pay her tribute by listing some of our top picks by this beloved author.
- Love Frankie
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 Frankie starts to wonder whether these feelings she has for Sally are stronger than her other friendships. Might she really be in love? Frankie doesn't want Sally to just be her friend. She wants her to be her girlfriend. But does Sally feel the same?
This is the latest released title by Jacqueline Wilson and an LGBTQ+ must-read.
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- The Runaway Girls
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. 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.
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- The Story of Tracy Beaker
Tracy is ten years old. She lives in a children's home but would like a real home one day, with a real family. Meet Tracy, follow her story and share her hopes for the future.
Arguably Jacqueline Wilson's best loved series to date.
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We wish Jacqueline Wilson a very happy birthday and hope to see more titles from her for years to come!
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