It has been 27 years since Jacqueline Wilson , then a little-known children’s author, got together with Nick Sharratt, a young illustrator, and conceived one of the most outrageous characters in children’s literature: Tracy Beaker, the feistiest, funniest 10-year-old ever raised in the dumping ground of a care home. Now Tracy is back, in a new illustrated book set on a rough housing estate in modern-day London – and this time Tracy is a mother with a challenging nine-year-old daughter of her own. In her first interview about the forthcoming book, My Mum Tracy Beaker , Wilson told the Observer she came up with the idea after seeing mothers clutching copies of The Story of Tracy Beaker they had read as 10-year-olds, and now encouraging their own daughters to read it. “It’s stimulating to think about how people develop as they get older,” she said. “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 […]