Tracy Beaker

1. There was that time Justine was really getting on her nerves… “That moron Justine”

2. And one name for her just wasn’t enough. “Justine- Argy-Bargy-Littlewood” … “Justine-Smug-Bug-Littlewood” … “Justine Foghorn-Littlewood” …“Justine-Impossibly-Hateful-Littlewood” …“Justine-Very-Vulgar-Littlewood”

3. Animal insults? Yep. They’re always a winner… “Justine. That Monster Gorilla”

4. And why insult just one person when you could insult two? “That stupid pair of titterers”

5. Everyone knows that all the best insults rhyme: “silly squitty twitty Peter Ingham”

Tracy Beaker

6. Or have something creepy about them… “Clear off, you stupid little creep”

7. And if all else fails, a good old food-based insult should do the trick! “cowardy cowardy custard”

8. But looking after others really matters, especially people who are smaller than you… “There was a lovely little baby at this other home…she was a really sweet kid with fantastic hair that I used to try to get into loads of little plaits”

9. Tracy is always kind when others are having a bad day (or night!) “So I huddled down beside him for a bit and when I felt him shivering I put my arm round him and told him he was quite possibly my best friend ever”

Tracy Beaker

10. She loves to share with others… “I sort of sidled up to her and dropped a lollipop on her lap…lollipops can be very soothing to the stomach”

11…And give presents to those who need it most: “You’ll never guess what I did. I gave her my Mickey Mouse pen”

12. There was even that time Tracy got a present, too: “Do you really really really like your Valentine’s Locket, Tracy?’ ‘Yes, I do. I’m going to wear it all the time”

Tracy Beaker

13. Remember, If someone does something well, be sure to let them know! “Well done Peter’, I said. I gave him such a congratulatory clap on the back he nearly shot across the table”

14. If all else fails. Give a compliment. Just like Tracy does. “Oh wow, you look wonderful…please please please make me up to look like you”

  • The Story of Tracy Beaker


    I'm Tracy Beaker - have you heard of me? I'm stuck in The Dumping Ground just at the moment, but I'm sure my Mum will come and get me soon. A certain Justine-Hateful-Littlewood has stolen my best friend Louise but I don't let it get me down. I never cry. Ever. I've done a bit of screaming and stamping in my time mind you … I like eating birthday cake. And Smarties and Big Macs with French fries and strawberry milkshakes. I also like story writing. This is a story all about me - so I know you'll enjoy it!

    Includes exclusive material: In ‘The Backstory’ you can read an interview with Jacqueline Wilson and take Nick Sharratt's drawing challenge!

    Vintage Children’s Classics is a twenty-first century classics list aimed at 8-12 year olds and the adults in their lives. Discover timeless favourites from The Jungle Book and Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland to modern classics such as The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.

  • Buy the book

Related articles