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Windows users should also consider upgrading to Internet Explorer 11, Microsoft Edge, or switching to Firefox or Chrome. One of Jacqueline’s most successful and enduring creations has been the famous Tracy Beaker, who first appeared in 1991 in The Story of Tracy Beaker. It's 1960 and Laura is a fourteen year old girl from a poor area that goes to the local grammar school. Although this is a work of historical fiction, it touches on issues of consent, women's rights, adoption and family relationships that are still very relevant today.

This book also ended by talking about the topic of consent and adoption, in partnership with two relevant charities. This book is aimed at older readers than Jacqueline Wilson’s usual target audience so do beat that in mind.This is set in an era that she was familiar with (her published journals were a great read) and tells the story of how young, unwed mothers were treated by society.

However, it was good for Laura and I think Wilson did a great job of showing other not so great endings for other women in the book for us to believe that Laura’s could be one of the good ones. I felt that the book ended very abruptly which was a shame because it built so well and we got to know the characters really deeply then it just suddenly ended. Nina immediately looks at ease and trying to match her confident friend, Laura agrees to one of the boys walking her home, including a detour on the way. I thought Laura was a lot younger than she was (she is fourteen) because her thoughts about things and behaviours seem childish. Laura and Nina’s friendship begins to falter in the next few months as Laura realises how controlling her friend is.The tiny illustrations that accompany the beginning of chapters remind readers the tale follows a young girl, as Laura’s advanced literacy enables readers to forget her youth. honestly i kind of just read this for the Jacqueline Wilson primary school vibes and i wasn’t disappointed in that aspect because her writing style has not changed or developed whatsoever.

A story of family, adoption, consent, growing up, sex education, friendship and standing up for yourself.Laura’s defining quality is her love of literature: she mostly reads classics that have been left on her dad’s coach, mirroring her reality. One fantastic addition since the days when I was a YA were some notes from the author detailing how the ‘adult’ themes in the book and the access to help available . A heartbreaking, compelling and timely story for older readers about teen pregnancy and its consequences, family trouble and unlikely friendships, set in 1960. I wish we could have found out what happened to all the other girls we encounter at the home, and the ending was a bit unrealistic, but Laura's story is a touching one nevertheless. I haven’t read a Jacqueline Wilson book in a few years and it was lovely to read one targeted at older readers.

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