THE STORY OF TRACY BEAKER by Jacqueline Wilson

THE STORY OF TRACY BEAKER

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Age Range: 10 - 12
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KIRKUS REVIEW

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. Ever ready to lash out verbally or physically, Tracy swaggers through her account of life in the group home to which her second pair of foster parents have returned her, meanwhile leaning heavily on the thin hope that her long-gone mother will return to her. Readers will easily see through all the tough talk to the vulnerability within, as she browbeats Peter, a younger housemate, while drawing on personal experience to help him cope with persistent bedwetting; passes from denial through defiance to trying for a truce after breaking archrival Justine’s most prized possession (a cheap alarm clock from her father); and goes relentlessly to work on Cam, a visiting journalist, to take her as a foster child. Interspersed line drawings done in a childlike style, and letters exchanged by Tracy and Cam, fail to lift the heavy mood. 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)

Pub Date: Aug. 14th, 2001
ISBN: 0-385-72919-7
Page count: 192pp
Publisher: Delacorte
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 15th, 2001




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