Jacqueline Wilson
English children's writer
Jacqueline Wilson
Dame Jacqueline Wilson, DBE, FRSL is an award-winning English author, known for her vast and diverse work in children's literature. Her novels have been adapted numerous times for television, and commonly deal with such challenging themes as adoption, divorce and mental illness. Addressing these issues has made her controversial because of her young readership.
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CBBC to adapt Jacqueline Wilson’s Hetty Feather
Broadcast - over 3 years
CBBC has commissioned two new dramas – including a series from Tracy Beaker author Dame Jacqueline Wilson.
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My haven: Children's author Jacqueline Wilson, 67, in the living room of the Surrey home
Daily Mail (UK) - almost 4 years
I moved to this beautiful big house eight years ago, a world away from the small council flat I grew up in.
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Jacqueline Wilson: 'I Don't Mind Page 3'
Huffington Post - over 4 years
She's the most adored children's writer alive today, so what does Jacqueline Wilson make of kids in 2012? We speak to the author about new book Four Children And It, going on holiday with Nick Sharratt and why she wouldn't ban Page 3... “Lots of them want a best friend,” Jacqueline Wilson tells me when I ask her what the thousands of children who write to her every month have to say. “It’s so sad - they ask me how to get one and it’s such a difficult thing to answer. The second most common thing these days is that they’re scared their Mum and Dad are going to split up. The third thing is that they're upset their pet has died – that one’s been a constant.” If anyone is qualified to speak on behalf of British children, it’s Wilson. The 66-year-old author has being reading and replying to their letters almost none stop since 1991, when the release of The Story of Tracy Beaker (now a long running TV series) turned her into a superstar of children’s fiction. Her ab ...
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Mortality rates still too high for world's teens
CNN Health - almost 5 years
It's known as the "youth bulge" - a decrease in child mortality rates leading to the largest generation of adolescents in history: 1.2 billion to be exact. As many of those teens face poverty, natural disasters and wars in addition to overwhelming physical and emotional changes, researchers worry about the lack of available health resources. "The high income world has been grappling with a rising tide of risks for non-communicable diseases, including the problems of obesity, physical inactivity, alcohol, tobacco and illicit drug use," write the authors of a paper published in The Lancet this week. "That tide is now overwhelming many [lower-to-middle-income countries] who have yet to bring in measures to control the problems of injury, infectious disease and maternal mortality in this young age group.” Adolescent is defined by researchers as those aged 10 to 19, due to growing trends in the earlier onset of puberty and delayed transition into adult roles. The paper, titled "Heal ...
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Tracy Beaker writer backs library fight - Evening Standard
Google News - over 5 years
Children's author Jacqueline Wilson is urging council bosses to think again over cuts to libraries and warns of the "dreadful" impact of them closing. The former children's laureate said she would do whatever she can to help in the fight to save the
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The Suitcase Kid by Jacqueline Wilson - review - The Guardian
Google News - over 5 years
"When my parents split up they didn't know what to do with me....." says the first paragraph of the blurb. by Jacqueline Wilson
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Little Darlings by Jacqueline Wilson - review - The Guardian
Google News - over 5 years
I think it is very true! by Jacqueline Wilson This is a story of two girls called Destiny and Sunset. Sunset and Destiny have the same father but Danny Kilman (that's their father) doesn't know that Destiny is his own daughter!
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My Secret Diary by Jacqueline Wilson - review - The Guardian
Google News - over 5 years
My Secret Diary is an extremely interesting and exciting autobiography of Jacqueline Wilson's teenage years in Kingston-upon-Thames, Surrey, the place that she lived for most of her childhood. The story that she tells doesn't seem to fit with her
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The Illustrated Mum by Jacqueline Wilson - review - The Guardian
Google News - over 5 years
The Illustrated Mum by Jacqueline Wilson transports you into the complicated and miserable world of Dolphin and her beautiful sister Star and her slightly mad mother Marigold, a woman filled with tattoos, from the ugly snake on her neck to a ridiculous
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Children's author will visit Elland - Halifax Evening Courier
Google News - over 5 years
Famous children's author Jacqueline Wilson will be speaking at an event at Bertie's Banqueting Rooms in Elland on Wednesday October 26 to celebrate 40 years of the Kirklees and Calderdale Children's Book Group. Her books have sold more than 30 million
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Gb eye joins Jacqueline Wilson programme - Licensing.biz
Google News - over 5 years
The author herself appeared on BBC Breakfast News this morning to talk about the forthcoming Daydreams and Diaries exhibition, but Start Licensing has also been busy bolstering the Jacqueline Wilson licensing programme. GB eye is now on board and will
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Meet Jacqueline Wilson at festival - Lancashire Evening Post
Google News - over 5 years
But the icing on the cake at the two-day event, taking place in Preston, will be a chance to meet author Dame Jacqueline Wilson and illustrator Nick Sharratt. Local schoolchildren are being offered a chance to meet the creator and have their books
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Jacqueline Wilson - Times Record News
Google News - over 5 years
FREDERICK, Okla. — Jacqueline “Jackie” Suzanne Wilson, 33, of Tipton, Okla., died Thursday, August 4, 2011, at Integris Baptist Medical Center in Oklahoma City. Funeral services will be held at 11 am Tuesday at the First Baptist Church in Tipton
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Ellesmere Port teenager wins Walker Books award - Ellesmere Port Pioneer
Google News - over 5 years
The talented teenager should have been at the home of publisher Walker Books in London to collect her prize from children's author Jacqueline Wilson. Maisie's younger sister, 13-year-old Stephanie stepped in to accept the Henrietta Branford award on
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Hershey Track: Exeters claim 10 championships at state meet - Exeter News-Letter
Google News - over 5 years
In the girls' 11-12 division, Jacqueline Wilson teamed with Caroline Smith, Emily Tosatti and Marleigh Tetreault for the win. In the 13-14 division, Jessie Blaisdell, Campfield, Siobhan Morris, and Smith won in 58.35. The boys' 11-12 team of Foy,
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Award winning visit - Blackpool Gazette
Google News - over 5 years
Previous winners of the award include JK Rowling, Robert Swindells, Roald Dahl and Jacqueline Wilson. Friend Or Foe is set at the height of the Second World War, two young boys, David and Tucky prepare to be evacuated from London
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But what books do children actually like? - The List
Google News - over 5 years
I also like Jacqueline Wilson because her stories are usually about young girls and their problems, which is helpful and interesting to me and other people of a similar age. I particular enjoyed Lily Alone because the story could be true (mostly!
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The Bed and Breakfast Star by Jacqueline Wilson - review - The Guardian
Google News - over 5 years
She lived with her mother in a flat and went to school. by Jacqueline Wilson When she grew up her mother met "Mack the smack" and got married. Her situations changed when Mack kept losing his jobs and Pippa, her half sister, was born
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Jacqueline Wilson
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2014
    Age 68
    In February 2014 it was announced that she will be appointed Chancellor of the University from August 2014.
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    For her lifetime contribution as a children's writer, Wilson was a UK nominee for the international Hans Christian Andersen Award in 2014.
    More Details Hide Details Wilson is the author of many book series. Her Tracy Beaker series, inaugurated in 1991 with The Story of Tracy Beaker, includes three sequels and has been adapted into four CBBC television series: The Story of Tracy Beaker, Tracy Beaker Returns, The Dumping Ground and The Tracy Beaker Survival Files.
  • 2013
    Age 67
    In June 2013, Wilson was appointed Professorial Fellow of the University of Roehampton, where she is now a Pro-Chancellor.
    More Details Hide Details She teaches modules in both the Children's Literature and Creative Writing master's degree (MA) programs offered by the university.
  • 2012
    Age 66
    In July 2012, she was also elected an Honorary Fellow of Corpus Christi College, Cambridge.
    More Details Hide Details A dramatisation of Wilson's Double Act, written and directed by Vicky Ireland, was first performed at The Polka Theatre in Wimbledon, London from 30 January to 12 April 2003, and toured throughout the UK. The playscript was published by Collins Plays Plus. Ireland has also written dramatisations of The Lottie Project (performed at Polka Theatre and San Pol Theatre, Madrid), Midnight, Bad Girls and Secrets, which were also commissioned by the Polka Theatre, and a dramatisation of The Suitcase Kid which was performed at the Orange Tree Theatre, Richmond and later toured throughout the UK. The scripts for these plays were published by Nick Hern Books. The following books by Wilson have been adapted for TV: All of Wilson's books are fiction except the three autobiographies listed here. Is There Anybody There?
  • 2008
    Age 62
    In the 2008 New Year Honours, Wilson was appointed Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE).
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  • 2007
    Age 61
    In July 2007 the University of Roehampton awarded her an Honorary Doctorate (Doctor of Letters) in recognition of her achievements in and on behalf of children's literature.
    More Details Hide Details She has also received honorary degrees from the University of Dundee, the University of Bath and Kingston University.
  • FIFTIES
  • 2005
    Age 59
    In October 2005 she received an honorary degree from the University of Winchester in recognition of her achievements in and on behalf of children's literature.
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  • 2004
    Age 58
    They divorced in 2004.
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  • 2002
    Age 56
    In June 2002, Wilson was given an OBE for services to literacy in schools and from 2005 to 2007 she served as the fourth Children's Laureate.
    More Details Hide Details In that role Wilson urged parents and child-care providers to continue reading aloud to children long after they are able to read for themselves. She also campaigned to make more books available for blind people and campaigned against cutbacks in children's TV drama.
    In 2002 she replaced Catherine Cookson as the most borrowed author in Britain's libraries, a position she retained until being overtaken by James Patterson in 2008.
    More Details Hide Details Wilson has won many awards including the Smarties Prize and the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize. The Illustrated Mum (1999) won the annual Guardian Prize, a once-in-a-lifetime book award judged by a panel of British children's writers, and the annual British Book Awards Children's Book of the Year; it also made the 1999 Whitbread Awards shortlist. The Story of Tracy Beaker won the 2002 Blue Peter People's Choice Award. Girls in Tears was the Children's Book of the Year at the 2003 British Book Awards. Two of her books were "Highly Commended" runners-up for the annual Carnegie Medal: The Story of Tracy Beaker (1991) and Double Act (1995). (Wilson has not won the annual Medal from British librarians, which recognises the year's best book for children or young adults written by a British subject; recently, simply the best published in the U.K.)
  • FORTIES
  • 1991
    Age 45
    When Wilson focused on writing, she completed a few crime fiction novels before dedicating herself to children's books. At the age of 40, she took A-level English and earned a grade A. She had mixed success with about 40 books before the breakthrough to fame in 1991 with The Story of Tracy Beaker, published by Doubleday.
    More Details Hide Details Two decades later, Wilson lives in a Victorian villa in Kingston upon Thames. It is filled with books; her library of some 15,000 books extends into the outbuilding at the bottom of her garden. She remains a keen reader, completing a book a week despite her hectic schedule. Her favourite writers for adults include Katherine Mansfield and Sylvia Plath. She also surrounds herself with old-fashioned childhood objects such as a rocking horse and antique dolls, and has a unique taste in clothes and jewellery, being known for wearing black clothes and an array of large rings. Wilson is patron of the charity Momentum in Kingston upon Thames, which helps Surrey children undergoing treatment for cancer (and their families), and she is also patron of The Friends of Richmond Park. In 2007 Wilson became a patron of the Letterbox Club, a Booktrust programme which provides enjoyable educational support for looked-after children.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1945
    Born
    Jacqueline Wilson was born in Bath, Somerset, in 1945.
    More Details Hide Details Her father was a civil servant; her mother was an antique's dealer. Jacqueline spent most of her childhood in Kingston upon Thames, where she went to Latchmere Primary School. She was an imaginative child who enjoyed both reading and inventing stories. She particularly enjoyed books by Noel Streatfeild, as well as American classics like Little Women and What Katy Did. As early as aged seven, she filled Woolworths notebooks with stories of her imaginary games. At the age of nine she wrote her first "novel" which was 21 sides long. That story, Meet the Maggots, was about a family with seven children. Although she was good at English, she had no interest in mathematics; she would often stare out the window and imagine rather than pay attention to the class, leading her final-year teacher at Latchmere to nickname her "Jacky Daydream". Jacqueline Wilson later used the nickname as the title of the first stage of her autobiography.
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