Genre: middle-grade fiction
Length: 136 pages
Setting: England, contemporary to publication date
Interest: It’s one of the BBCs Big Read books.
Summary: Tracy Beaker is living in foster care because her mother was unable to care for her. Tracy has grandiose dreams about her mother coming back for her and why she’s still in foster care. Until her mother comes for her, Tracy would love a foster family, but it just hasn’t worked out so far. Of course, none of the problems in the houses were her fault. A writer stops by the group home to do a piece on foster care and takes in interest in Tracy. While she can’t foster Tracy, she does provide some direction for Tracy.
Final thoughts: An interesting, coming of age-type story told from a voice you rarely hear – someone in foster care. Tracy is the kind of kid who doesn’t take her problems lying down (and she has even more than the typical kid since she’s in foster care). She’s sure she has the best solution and immediately puts her plans into play. Unfortunately, her plans usually get her in trouble. She’s got all these big feelings and no one to talk to. Anyone she gets close to in the group home has the potential to leave for a foster home at any time. Tracy’s new writer friend encourages Tracy to write down her feelings, which is a great release for anyone. Since the book is essentially a diary of Tracy’s life (complete with doodles), the reader is immediately pulled into Tracy’s life. I think it would be a great book for any kid who’s having a hard time finding their place in life.
Title comes from: A “Story of my Life” book that Tracy started filling out at the beginning of the book, and the subject of novel itself.
Reading challenges fulfilled: 22/100 in my Finally to 100 Challenge, and an S in my Title Alphabet Challenge
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