Jacqueline Wilson (Who Wrote That?) by John Bankston

By John Bankston

Jacqueline Wilson's books have offered greater than 25 million copies around the world, and she or he is without doubt one of the most-borrowed authors at British libraries. learn extra approximately this celebrated writer.

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She was soon disappointed with what she read. Most suggested that realism was not what children were looking for as readers. ” 17 Betterton believed children liked fantasy stories and hated anything too realistic. indd 46 4/7/11 3:43 PM Finding the Words 47 read to have more in common with the life she knew. Edith Blyton wrote some of the first books Jacky read as a child, but Blyton’s autobiography left her cold. ” “Her families don’t quarrel,” she complained in her diary, “her parents don’t nag, her teenagers aren’t interested in lipstick and boys, her children never listen to dirty stories or wet themselves, and she ignores babies and pregnancy and sex.

Young-adult authors Lois Lowry and Katherine Paterson each utilized this technique in Autumn Street and Jacob Have I Loved, respectively. As a teenager, Jacky Aitken dreamed of writing fiction. As a best-selling novelist, Jacqueline Wilson authored not one, but two memoirs totaling more than 600 pages. The first, Jacky Daydream, described how her parents met, the challenging circumstances they endured just after World War II, and her experiences in primary school (the equivalent of elementary school in the United States).

22 In The Story of Latina, people are enduring a bizarre pandemic—an infectious disease that causes victims to grow an extra part of their body. The infected might grow an extra arm, leg, or head; Alan had grown an extra finger. ” 23 The concept seemed radical for a novice storyteller, but was lifted heavily from something she had read. Today, Jacqueline Wilson admits to cribbing the entire scenario from a science fiction book she had read and loved—John Wyndham’s The Chrysalids. In the 1955 novel, characters are exiled after growing extra fingers or other body parts.

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