March 2011, Corgi
208 pages, Paperback
Children's, 9 years +
Themes: school life, school play, hopes, hardship, dreams - both obtainable and unobtainable, a child's imagination, lots of laughs, a few tissues needed
Summary from Random House Children's Books
Tracy Beaker is back...and she's just desperate for a role in her school play. They're performing A Christmas Carol and for one extremely worrying moment, the irrepressible Tracy thinks she might not even get to play one of the unnamed street urchins. But then she is cast in the main role. Can she manage to act grumpy, difficult and sulky enough to play Ebeneezer Scrooge? Well, she does have a lot of help on that front from Justine Pain-In-The-Bum Littlewood...
Tracy truly is a unique child, both in the ways she looks at things, and how she responds to all life throws at her. I felt really sorry for her because she gets ideas into her head and that's all she can think of. Reality striking isn't always pleasant for her, but her emotions are something everyone can relate to, no matter the family circumstance. She made me both laugh and cry.
This gets a solid 9/10.
Check out more about Tracy and Jacqueline on her website.
Definitely make sure you read book one, where it all started: The Story of Tracy Beaker