Books by Jacqueline Wilson

KISS by Jacqueline Wilson
Released: April 1, 2010

"Mixed, but diverting. (Fiction. 12-14)"
Small for her age, bright 14-year-old Sylvie is only just experiencing the first longings of puberty. Read full book review >
COOKIE by Jacqueline Wilson
Released: Oct. 1, 2009

"Sharratt's trademark illustrations lend their own kind of comfort by giving a quick graphic preview of what's to come in each chapter. (Fiction. 8-11)"
Beauty Cookson's father, Gerry, a scheming, status-conscious real-estate developer, is unpredictable and controlling at home. Read full book review >
BEST FRIENDS by Jacqueline Wilson
Released: Oct. 1, 2008

"Gemma's dilemmas—crying jags, chocolate binges, cake-throwing, special dolls and bracelets and birthday wishes—are sprinkled with British idioms; this will cause no problems for American readers, who will be grinning all the while. (Fiction. 9-12)"
Gemma and Alice have been best friends from the day they were born. Read full book review >
CANDYFLOSS by Jacqueline Wilson
Released: Sept. 1, 2007

"British idioms outlined in 'Floss's Glossary.' (Fiction. 10-14)"
Flora (Floss) Barnes shuttles back and forth between Dad and Mum, Steve and half-brother Tiger. Read full book review >
THE ILLUSTRATED MUM by Jacqueline Wilson
Released: Feb. 8, 2005

"The author doesn't shy away from the difficulties, but there's humor here, too. (Fiction. 11-14)"
Wilson admirably keeps things upbeat as she explores two sisters' coping with a mother who is careening further into mental illness and alcoholism. Read full book review >
THE WORRY WEB SITE by Jacqueline Wilson
Released: Oct. 14, 2003

"A lively gallery of mostly likable characters, presented through an open-ended premise that, to judge from the 15,000 contest entries Wilson received, shows plenty of potential for turning young readers into young writers. (Fiction. 10-12)"
Wilson spins six worrisome personal or family concerns anonymously posted to a classroom discussion board into light-toned (by and large) first-person short stories. Read full book review >
VICKY ANGEL by Jacqueline Wilson
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"What makes this story successful are its honest characters and dialogue, its unique coverage of grief, and its ability to unite readers with Jade's healing process. (Fiction. 9-12)"
Jade and Vicky are best friends, "closer than sisters," and although the cover openly reveals Vicky's death, it does not prepare readers for Jade's intense reactions. Read full book review >
THE STORY OF TRACY BEAKER by Jacqueline Wilson
Released: Aug. 14, 2001

"By the end, Cam has still not come around—but readers may be too annoyed by Tracy's rude, aggressive character to care. (Fiction. 10-12)"
Wilson pushes so much pain between the lines of this portrait of a foster child with the personality of a steamroller that it comes off less a lightweight tribute to human resilience than a pathos-ridden tale of children acting out as they nurse profound inner wounds. Read full book review >
BAD GIRLS by Jacqueline Wilson
Released: Feb. 13, 2001

"Youngsters will have a jolly good time with these bad, no, great girls in a read that's fun though sometimes implausible. (Fiction. 9-12)"
The protagonists in this English import by the author of The Lottie Project (1999)—and other books about funny, feisty girls—aren't the bad girls of the title. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 1, 2001

"With its hot pink cover, no boys will be caught dead picking this up, which is too bad, for they would learn a lot if they did. (Fiction. 12-15)"
Hard on the heels of Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging (not reviewed) and that ilk, three 13-year-olds face life and boys in this first of the trilogy published in England in 1997 (Girls Under Pressure and Girls Out Late will follow). Read full book review >
THE LOTTIE PROJECT by Jacqueline Wilson
Released: Oct. 1, 1999

"Funny, incisive, and true to life, this book introduces a heroine who is easy to root for'she's a terrific combination of feisty and fragile. (Fiction. 9-12)"
Charlie likes her life, and would like everything to stay just as it is, but Fate has other plans for her: a strict new teacher, Miss Beckworth (who insists on calling her Charlotte), a different seat assignment (next to Jamie Edwards), and a mother who's acting as if her new employer is more than just a friend. Read full book review >
DOUBLE ACT by Jacqueline Wilson
Released: March 1, 1998

"Their alternating accountsRuby's long and chatty, Garnet's short but eloquentare illustrated with simple black-and-white drawings, each twin done by a different artist, to no distinguishable effect. (Fiction. 9-11)"
From Wilson (The Suitcase Kid, 1997, etc.), a lightweight British import that is a telling study of twindom's trials and tribulations. Read full book review >
THE SUITCASE KID by Jacqueline Wilson
Released: Sept. 1, 1997

"1996, etc.) occasionally allows an older, more sophisticated voice to intrude. (Fiction. 8-12)"
When ten-year-old Andrea's parents divorce, the family counselor asks her if she wants to live in House A with her mother or in House B with her father. Read full book review >
ELSA, STAR OF THE SHELTER! by Jacqueline Wilson
Released: Jan. 1, 1996

"Sharratt's black-and-white drawings—stick figures, silly asides, etc.—give this the feel of a child's journal but also make it difficult to take Elsa's very real travails seriously. (Fiction. 8-11)"
Elsa, narrator and aspiring comedienne, is growing up below the poverty line in England. Read full book review >