Children's

We Are The Beaker Girls – Jacqueline Wilson ★★★★

Blurb; Jess Beaker is having an amazing summer at her new seaside home!

Jess and her mum Tracy have left the Duke Estate behind them, and have moved to Cooksea. They have new friends, their dog Alfie, and they’re running an antiques shop called… The Dumping Ground!

But as lovely as it is to live by the sea, trouble still seems to be following the Beaker Girls.

Horrible Sean is back on the scene, a local kid is picking on Jess, and their beloved Cam isn’t just round the corner any more.

Can the Beaker Girls make a success of their new life? Tracy won’t go rushing back to that awful boyfriend … will she?

My Review; This is my final book for 2019, I managed to slip it in before midnight taking my reading total to 160 books this year. Yes. It’s a children book but it’s more than that to me. I grew up watching and reading Tracy Beaker and that was a big part of my Childhood. I’ve followed along with it from the start and seen Tracy grow up and become a mother herself. She’s actually a similar age to me. Eek.

Brilliantly written. Easy reading. Yes I still love all the little illustrations throughout making it that more special and funny. Absolutely loved it and have loved watching Tracy grow and her family. I don’t know if this is the end of the Tracy Beaker books but I really hope not.

In this book we are introduced to a new character Jordan… Can Tracy and Jess help her back on the right track? We also see a few familiar faces from the dumping ground too. Brilliant. A well deserved four stars from me. A brilliant delve back into my childhood which always makes me smile and feel warm. It’s the little things…

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Children's · Comedy · Young adult

My Mum Tracy Beaker – Jaqueline Wilson ★★★★★

Blurb; Tracy has returned, hand in hand with her daughter Jess, she’s ready to make her childhood dreams come true.

Jess and Tracy Beaker are the perfect team. They do everything together.

Jess thinks Tracy is the best mum ever, even when she shouts at her teachers!

Tracy has made the perfect home for Jess, leaving The Dumping Ground far behind her.

Yes, their flat’s a bit mouldy. It’s only just big enough for two. And the Duke Estate is a bit scary.
But it’s their happy home.

Until Sean Godfrey, Tracy’s rich boyfriend, whisks them away to his mansion, life of fast cars and celebrity stardom.

Will Jess’s brilliant mum turn into a new person altogether?

And will Tracy realise that her childhood dream might not be what she needs after all?

My Review; Now I am a blog open to all genres and ages. I may be 24 but Jacqueline Wilson is an author I will always love and read. It’s thanks to Jacqueline I got into reading! I grew up with the mighty Tracy Beaker so this was a must read for me and I wasn’t disappointed at all.

This book brought back so many memories for me! The real Tracy Beaker is back with a mini her! Oh dear. Jess is just like her mum but a smaller version. Parts had me laughing at loud, other parts sad. It is a brilliant story with a lovely ending. I loved all the little pictures throughout Nick Sharratt is a brilliant illustrator.

I loved every second of it even if I did devour it within a day. Highly recommend! An easy read for me but just what I needed, to get away from adulthood and take a step back into my early teenage days for a while. Its a fantastic story of the beaker girls. Five stars from me. You’re never too old for Jacqueline Wilson.

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Bestsellers · chick-lit · Children's · Historical fiction · Young adult

Clover Moon – Jacqueline Wilson ★★★★★

Blurb: Clover Moon’s imagination is her best escape from a life of hardship in poverty-stricken Victorian London. When tragedy plunges her into a world of grief, Clover realizes that everything she loved about the place she called home is gone. Clover hears of a place she could run to, but where will she find the courage – and the chance – to break free? And could leaving her family be just what she needs to find a place that really feels like home?

My Review: I know! I know! Some of my followers will be like why is she reviewing this? Well, growing up I was always a massive fan of Jacqueline’s work and it is thanks to Jacqueline that I found my love of reading. I must also admit she is still one of my guilty pleasures.

Clover Moon is brilliant. It would appeal to older mature children and readers. This book is set in the victorian times and does include the subjects of death, poverty and even beatings. Clover Moon is written well and easy to read but does contain quiet long chapters for a children’s book, it is a long story but one I loved. There were characters I loved and characters I hated but I must say what a brilliant storyline and especially a nice ending, making the perfect children’s story. Children reading this story will also be learning about victorian times which is also a bonus. 

I think Clover Moon would make a brilliant film. I awarded a well deserved five stars and would highly recommend this story to you all (yes, even those older children like me. Don’t be ashamed). Reading Clover Moon took me back to my younger years and I enjoyed reading every chapter of this, it has brought a big smile back to this face.