Jacqueline Wilson was born in Bath but spent most of her childhood in Kingston-on-Thames where she still lives. As a teenager she started work at a magazine publishing company and then went on to work as a journalist for D.C. Thomson in Scotland where she helped found Jackie magazine before turning to writing novels full time.
One of Jacqueline’s most successful and enduring creations has been the famous Tracy Beaker, who first appeared in 1991 in The Story of Tracy Beaker. This was also the first of her books to be illustrated by Nick Sharratt. Since then Jacqueline has been on countless awards shortlists and has gone on to win many awards.
In 2002, Jacqueline was awarded an OBE for services to literacy and was made a Dame in the New Year's Honour's List in 2008. In 2004 it was announced by PLR that Jacqueline was the most borrowed author from public libraries in the UK, toppling Catherine Cookson from top position after 17 years.
Jacqueline was Children's Laureate for 2005-2007 and has now sold more than 35 million books in the UK alone and has been translated into over 30 languages.
Her website is www.jacquelinewilson.co.uk