Over the last twenty years, Jacqueline Wilson has published well over 100 titles and has become firmly established in the landscape of Children's Literature. She has written for all ages, from picture books for young readers to young adult fiction and tackles a wide variety of controversial topics, such as child abuse, mental illness and bereavement. Although she has received some criticism for presenting difficult and seemingly 'adult' topics to children, she remains overwhelmingly popular among her audience and has won numerous prizes selected by children, such as the Smarties Book Prize.
This collection of newly commissioned essays explores Wilson's literature from all angles. The essays cover not only the content and themes of Wilson's writing, but also her success as a publishing phenomenon and the branding of her books. Issues of gender roles and child/carer relationships are examined alongside Wilson's writing style and use of techniques such as the unreliable narrator. The book also features an interview with Jacqueline Wilson herself, where she discusses the challenges of writing social realism for young readers and how her writing has changed over her lengthy career.
Lucy Pearson is Lecturer in Children's Literature and leader of the Children's Literature Unit at Newcastle University, UK.
List of Contributors.- Series Editor's Preface.- Introduction; Lucy Pearson.- 1. A Publishing Phenomenon: the Marketing and Branding of Jacqueline Wilson; Julia Eccleshare.- 2. From Realism to Romance: the Early Novels; Ika Willis.- 3. 'This started like a fairy story': Fantasy, Realism and Bibliotherapy in Jacqueline Wilson; Lucy Pearson.- 4. Feisty Girls and Fearful Boys? A Consideration of Gender Roles and Expectations in the Work of Jacqueline Wilson; Kay Waddilove.- 5. The Illuminated Mums: Child/Primary Carer Relationships in the Fiction of Jacqueline Wilson; Helen Limon.- 6. The Irrepressible, Unreliable, Lying Tracy Beaker: From Page to Screen; Helen Day.- 7. 'I'm not used to writing about me. It's always us': 'double acts' in Jacqueline Wilson's Metafictional Novels; Clementine Beauvais.- 8. Coming of Age in Jacqueline Wilson's Victorian Fiction; Sheena Wilkinson.- 9. Jacqueline Wilson and the Problem Novel in Comparative Context; Rebecca Morris.- 10. A Writing Life: Interview with Jacqueline Wilson; Lucy Pearson and Jacqueline Wilson.- Further Reading.