Jacqueline Wilson

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Jacqueline Wilson was born in Bath, England in 1945 and her books are loved and cherished by young readers all over the world. She always wanted to be a writer and wrote her first ‘novel’ when she was nine. 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 her 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, was shortlisted for the 1999 Whitbread Children’s Book Award and went on to win the 2002 Blue Peter People’s Choice Award. Double Act won the prestigious Smarties Medal and the Children’s Book Award as well as being highly commended for the Carnegie Medal.

According to a recent Mori poll, Jacqueline was voted by children in the UK as their favourite author. She has sold millions of books and in the UK alone the total stands at over 30 million. In 2002 she was awarded the OBE for services to literacy in schools and from 2005 to 2007 she was the Children’s Laureate. In 2008 she became Dame Jacqueline Wilson.

Her most recent books are Sapphire Battersea, a sequel to Hetty Feather, and Green Glass Beads, an anthology of poems for girls. Both were published in September 2011.

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