Jacqueline Wilson adds to the story of Tracy Beaker's daughter

News - Children Thursday, 13 June 2019

Puffin unveils sequel to last year’s My Mum Tracy Beaker; novel also to receive first audio treatment for Jacqueline Wilson

We Are the Beaker Girls publishes on Thursday 17th October in hardback, eBook, audio CD and audio download.

According to Puffin, 'The new title, We Are the Beaker Girls, sees Tracy and Jess having found happiness living above The Dumping Ground – not the care home where Tracy Beaker spent her childhood, but a seaside antique shop!

'As well as a bit of match-making for her mum, Jess is keen to make new friends in her new town. But it’s not plain sailing as she is being picked on by a local kid who’s got it in for her. When Jess uncovers the truth about her new enemy, Jordan, whose life has been a lot like Tracy’s, things are set to change for the Beaker Girls.'

Wilson said: "I wanted to find out what happens next to Tracy Beaker and her daughter Jess. I started wondering whether Tracy, a veteran of the care system, would ever considering fostering a child herself. And what impact it would have on Jess."

Puffin will also be publishing the author in audio for the first time. Hannah Telfer, managing director Audiences and Audio, said: "The anticipation of a new Jacqueline Wilson book is always something to be savoured and this makes the anticipation even sweeter: we can’t wait to get into the studio and sprinkle some Puffin audio magic on what will undoubtedly be a very special story for Jacqueline’s fans, young and old!"

The Tracy Beaker books (The Story of Tracy Beaker, The Dare Game and Starring Tracy Beaker) have together sold over 3.5 million copies.

Puffin is planning 'an extensive marketing and PR campaign' around the release and Wilson will be making appearances at literature festivals and events around the UK.

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