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My Mum Tracy Beaker (Spoilers) – Book Review

I am well aware that it has been over a month since my last post. Life has been really busy as I am preparing for uni next term. It’s likely that once uni starts up again once a month posts will be the new norm, anything else will just be a bonus. I have been reading a lot of children’s books lately though, and as work will be breaking up for summer next week I should have a bit more time to post about them.

My own daughter is now a Tracy Beaker fan. This has allowed me to re-read all the old books plus the two latest ones.

Disclaimer: I purchased both of these books with my own money. It wasn’t sent to me to review. The information on the book and the author were taken from Amazon UK and are correct as of 12/07/2020

My Mum Tracy Beaker

Book Details

  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Age Range: 9 – 12 years
  • Publisher: Yearling (21 Feb. 2019)
  • ISBN-13: 978-0440871521

Synopsis

Jess and Tracy Beaker are the perfect team. They do everything together.

Jess thinks Tracy is the best mum ever, even when she shouts at her teachers!
Tracy has made the perfect home for Jess, leaving The Dumping Ground far behind her.

Yes, their flat’s a bit mouldy. It’s only just big enough for two. And the Duke Estate is a bit scary.
But it’s their happy home.

Until Sean Godfrey, Tracy’s rich boyfriend, whisks them away to his mansion, life of fast cars and celebrity stardom.

Will Jess’s brilliant mum turn into a new person altogether?
And will Tracy realise that her childhood dream might not be what she needs after all?

About The Author

Jacqueline Wilson wrote her first novel when she was nine years old, and she has been writing ever since. She is now one of Britain’s bestselling and most beloved children’s authors. She has written over 100 books and is the creator of characters such as Tracy Beaker and Hetty Feather. More than forty million copies of her books have been sold.

As well as winning many awards for her books, including the Children’s Book of the Year, Jacqueline is a former Children’s Laureate, and in 2008 she was appointed a Dame.

Jacqueline is also a great reader, and has amassed over 20,000 books, along with her famous collection of silver rings.

Find out more about Jacqueline and her books at www.jacquelinewilson.co.uk

About The Illustrator

Nick Sharratt has written and illustrated many books for children including Shark in the ParkYou Choose and Pants. He has won numerous awards for his picture books, including the Sheffield Children’s Book Award and the 2001 Children’s Book Award. He has also enjoyed stellar success illustrating Jacqueline Wilson’s books. Nick lives in Hove.

My Thoughts

This next part contains a spoiler of the book. If you do not want to read it, please stop here….

I would like to welcome Cam Lawson to the LGBT community. JW has finally said what a lot of us had already guessed. Cam is a lesbian. She hasn’t come out and said it as such in THIS book, – that happens in the next one. BUT it is heavily hinted and I could not be happier. Tracy has done an amazing job at raising her own daughter I love the relationship that they have as mother and daughter. There are lots of references to the older books and her life at the dumping ground and although she has semi regular contact with her mum, it’s nice to see that she has grown out of the dreams of her mum being perfect. Her taste in men though! – Don’t get me started! Jess is a very lovable girl who helps to keep her mum level, even though Tracy is still a bit of a hot head with a bad temper. Reading these latest TB books has reminded just how much I love JW and the way she writes for children and young adults.

A firm 5 stars

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Good Food for Bad Days by Jack Monroe

I’d like to start off this review by giving a huge thank you to the publisher for allowing me to have the opportunity to review an eBook copy of this book. I am a huge fan of Jack Monroe and have all of her other books, so I’m incredibly happy and thankful for this opportunity.

So far, I have made two of the dishes featured in this book. I love how simple Jack’s recipes are, and it’s a huge bonus that they are good for you and don’t cost huge amounts. As a single parent I like to be able to feed my children well, and for a low cost. – which often doesn’t happen with other cookbooks.

We have currently made Cheese and Oregano Rusks and Orange and Blueberry Oat Bars from the book, and are really looking forwards to trying the Five-a-Day Couscous and the Jaffa Cake Mug Pudding.

Another fantastic family, budget and health friendly read from Jack!

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Stay At Home – Book Tag

I’d like to start this post with a huge thank you to Dellybird over at dellybird.co.uk

I’ve decided for this tag to just tag everyone that is reading it, I hope you are all staying safe and coping as well as you can during lockdown, It’s such a hard time for everyone right now. As someone that works in education, I am certainly feeling the stress and anxiety about my job, with worrying about how my pupils are doing on a daily basis. I am missing my crazy normal life! I’ve recently had covid-19 myself, thankfully I have recovered, I hope you are all keeping as safe as you can.

ON WITH THE TAG!

  1. Laying in bed – A book you read in one day

I have a review for this books here

Bingo Love is a fantastic female/female romance graphic novel. It was one of my top reads for 2019 and the bonus content in the jackpot edition is worth the purchase. – This book will leave you feeling VERY emotional.

2. Snacking – A book that is a ‘guilty pleasure’ read

The Princess Diaries series by Meg Cabot is a series I have re-read so many times since the age of 13. Lilly has always been my favourite character I just love her so much, she reminds me so much of my teenage self!

3. Netflix – a series you want to start

Okay, I am aware this next one is cheating. I’m not really a book adaptation person so I really struggled. I do however love The Perks of Being a Wallflower – and it is on Netflix at the moment.

I’m not a big fan of Emma Watson outside of Harry Potter, but I do really like her in this movie.

4. Deep Clean – a book that has been on your TBR for ages.

I Don’t really think there is a reason for this. I just haven’t been in the mood yet. I’ve had the book over a year.


5. Animal Crossing – A book you recently bought because of the hype

Last year I remember seeing so many posts and BookTube videos, about how good this book was and it sounded great! Unfortunately, as much as I wanted to like it, I just couldn’t!

6. Productivity – A book you learned from, or had an impact on you.

Pulp is another book that gave me all the feels. I read it at a time when I was getting used to being openly a lesbian and starting my life over again. It also opened my eyes to being gay in the 1950’s and introduced me to lesbian Pulp fiction. – Which I can tell you, is pretty damn magical.

7. FaceTime – A book you were gifted

A couple of years ago, my grandparents gave me the 70th anniversary edition of The Hobbit.

8. Self-care – What is one thing you have done recently to look after yourself.

Putting mine and my children’s mental health first when it comes to lockdown. Both are on home school. Yes we are working, but we a doing it to the beat of our own drum, and also are filling our days with board games and Disney movies.

Bonus! – an upcoming release you are looking forwards to

Jaqueline Wilson writing a book about coming out? YES PLEASE! – Out Aug 2020

As I said at the top, I tag everyone that is reading this post.

Most importantly, stay safe.

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May Update

It’s 1:07am and I can’t sleep, I’ve been quite distracted this evening. I’ll be honest, I’ve been pretty terrible at reading since lockdown started. There is just something about being pushed out of my daily routine that has pushed me into doing sod all. Things have been picking up the last week or so though, I think I’m now starting adjust.

I currently have three books on the go at the moment Our Own Private Universe by Robin Talley. It’s taken me a few chapters to get in to, but it has me hooked now. I need some romance. – PULP was one of my favourite reads in 2019, it introduced me to lesbian pulp fiction, and now I’m never looking back.

I’m also currently reading Gears For Queers, which is a review book. I went in blind simply just because it’s LGBTQ+ but I’m really enjoying it.

The third book is right up my street because the protagonist is a geek. The books is The Frame-up and I’m listening to it on audible while I’m doing housework and what have you. Not enjoying it as much as I thought I would, but that’s just because there seems to be a heterosexual relationship brewing, and I often struggle with those now. It’s not the book’s fault.

As a way of signing off, I’m going to pimp my jacket out. I’m upcycling a charity shop jacket and people are giving me words/quotes for me to stitch on the back. They can be absolutely bonkers! – as long as it isn’t too offensive! Ha! If you would like to contribute ping me on Twitter or comment here.

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I finally read Heartstopper by Alice Oseman

I am very much aware I am late to the party with this one.

Last night I finally read Heartstopper by Alice Oseman. It was one of those books that I’d had my eye on for a while but kept getting pushed back for whatever reason. Now everyone around the world is finding themselves in lockdown and with some extra time, I thought it would be the perfect time. – Plus that fact that it’s only 99p on kindle currently, helped.

Charlie and Nick are at the same school, but they’ve never met … until one day when they’re made to sit together. They quickly become friends, and soon Charlie is falling hard for Nick, even though he doesn’t think he has a chance.

Heartstopper is about love, friendship, loyalty and mental illness. It encompasses all the small stories of Nick and Charlie’s lives that together make up something larger, which speaks to all of us.

But love works in surprising ways, and Nick is more interested in Charlie than either of them realised.

Description taken from Amazon

I’m new to Alice Oseman. Although I had heard her name before, I wouldn’t have been able to put any books to it. I loved the build up of Charlie and Nick’s friendship, and then watching it blossom into something else. I also love how normal sexuality is in this book. Just as it should be. I love how there is no “big shock” when someone slips into a conversation that they are gay. It’s normalised and doesn’t faze anyone. I devoured this book from cover to cover VERY quickly, and I absolutely cannot wait to read Volume 2.

Rated 5*s

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Sticks and Stones – Cover Reveal!

Sticks & Stones
Dianne Beck
Published by: Acorn Publishing
Publication date: March 18th 2020
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult

When fifteen-year-old Emily Greene wakes up to police banging on her door, she is shocked to see her mother arrested on drug charges.

Uprooted and in disbelief, Emily moves to a new town to stay with her grandmother, known as Crazy Carol for her outspoken faith and quirky behaviors. As if the arrest isn’t enough, kids at her new school immediately begin to stereotype and judge her based on the news they’ve heard about her mom.

Emily is sure her mother’s fiancé is to blame for the crime. He has conveniently disappeared since the day of the arrest. She’s determined to find him, and prove he’s at fault. But something awful happens, shaking her world yet again.

After this string of tragedies, Emily starts to question God, but is gently and consistently reminded by her grandmother, through stories she tells of all the sticks, leaves, and stones she collects, that God is her good and faithful parent.

Emily must learn that the words others say about her don’t matter, that her mom’s mistakes don’t define her, and she is always deeply loved by her heavenly father. If only she can learn to forgive herself.

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Author Bio:

Dianne Beck has spent the majority of her career teaching students ranging from Kindergarten through adult. No matter what age, her biggest goal is to encourage her students to be their own unique selves, to have confidence in who they are, and to follow their passions.

Dianne’s debut young adult novel, Sticks and Stones, was inspired by her years of teaching, where she saw so many students struggle with varying issues, and also experienced how an understanding ear and relevant literature could make a significant impact on their lives. She hopes young people as well as adults can find faith and strength, like her main character Emily does, even when things seem to be falling apart.

Dianne is motivated daily by her faith in God, her husband, and her four adult children. When she’s not writing, she can be found reading, sipping coffee, browsing a bookstore, or pursuing a part-time faith and fitness ministry at www,ofcommonground.com.

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Book Club Box – January 2020

Deadly Secrets January 2020


I’m really loving this month’s box. The first item I have is the Dracula’s Castle Pouch by Iron & Ink. It’s a beautiful soft pouch that has already made it’s way into my work bag, now filled with chewing gum, lipstick and pens. The second item is a promo bookmark for an upcoming release called The Unforgetting. Third item, is a Blackcurrant & Clove scented candle by Amelia’s Kitchen. It reminds me of a winter berry candle that you get around Christmas time. Forth Item, Deadly Bath Skull by Pretty Suds. I’ve not used this yet, but I’m seriously hoping it turns my bath blue.

Fifth item, is a Lord Voldermort bookmark by Magic Bookmarks. Can you see how adorable the art work is? Beautiful.

The Books

There are TWO books in the box, the first is The Good Hawk by Josepth Elliott. – released in February.

Agatha patrols the sea wall with pride, despite those in her clan who question her right to be there, because of the condition she was born with.

Jaime is a reluctant Angler, full of oubt and afraid of the sea.

When disaster strikes, the pair must embark on a terrifying journey to a land where forgotten magic and dark secrets lurk in every shadow…

The second book is The Pure Heart by Trudy Tweedie again, released in February.

When Iseabail is employed by a wealthy merchant to be his daughter’s companion, her life changes forever. Transported from her remote island home to the Scottish borderlands, Iseabail is unnerved both by her precocious young charge and the house’s secrets: a hidden chapel, servants who speak in a foreign tongue, a mute stableboy. And then the merchant returns with a mysterious cargo. Why has Iseabail really been summoned here? And will she ever make it back home?

As already stated, I am loving this month’s box and can’t wait for next month’s. You can subscribe to Book Box at http://www.bookboxclub.com – not sponsored, I just love them

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On The Come Up by Angie Thomas – Book Review (Spoiler Free)

“Bri wants to be one of the greatest rappers of all time. As the daughter of an underground hip hop legend who died right before he hit big, Bri’s got massive shoes to fill. But when her first song goes viral for all the wrong reasons, Bri finds herself at the centre of controversy and portrayed by the media as more menace than MC. And with an eviction notice staring her family down, Bri no longer just wants to make it – she has to. Even if it means becoming the very thing the public has made her out to be.”

On The Come Up, was another one of those great gripping books. Honestly I’ve read so many brilliant books recently. It’s full of those real life struggles, not just the dramatic teenage ones, REAL ONES. Like, drugs, guns, and racism. OTCU, is unlike any other YA book I’ve read, (and listened too as I also have the audio book now) I’ve not read anything else by Angie Thomas before, but she is officially on my book heroine list now!

Rated 5/5