The Story of Tracy Beaker was a phenomenal hit in the UK when it first hit shelves in 1991. The series follows Tracy Beaker as she lives her life at the Dumping Grounds—a residential care home for young children—and the imaginative stories she likes to tell about her life and the relationships she forms with the other kids and care workers present. It was adapted into a series in 2002 and ran from 2002 to 2005, where it was met with huge popularity and loved for its cheeky main character and loveable cast.
It has been a whopping 16 years since Tracy first made her way to TV, and an even crazier 27 since she first appeared anywhere, ever. Tracy has been in 120 episodes and four books and while she was only on screen for three years, the character’s legacy is actually pretty strong. Now, Jaquelin Wilson has revealed that she will be returning to Tracy Beaker for new adventures. This time, however, things won’t quite be the same.
So over the moon about this, Tracy Beaker was actually revolutionary in giving children in care a voice at a time where there wasn’t much conversation around the issues https://t.co/seeqOxyLp3— Emma (@unf4bul0us) 11 March 2018
This time Tracy will be an adult single mother and the story will be told from the perspective of her daughter. Together the pair will live in a housing association flat and the book follows their struggle as Tracy tries to get a well paid job.
Jaqueline Wilson spoke to the Observer about the character and her life:
“It's stimulating to think about how people develop as they get older. Tracy has been a character that's haunted me. She's the sort of person who sticks in your mind.
“When I realised just how long ago it was since I wrote the first Tracy Beaker book, I thought: if we were in real time, Tracy herself would be in her 30s. And I've always thought that, even though Tracy had lots of problems in her life and a pretty rubbish mum who was never there for her, Tracy herself would be a good mum, no matter what.”
When discussing the setting, Jaqueline talked about how it seemed like a natural fit for the character:
“How many young women without much education earn enough, with a daughter, to be able to buy their own home in London today?” she said. “Being Tracy, she wants to be independent, but with a child, how can she be? So she's having to scratch around.”
The new book will be published in October and I bet there’s a good chance we’ll be seeing a TV adaptation not too long after.