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Jacqueline Wilson
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    (December 17, 1945- )
    Born in Bath, England, United Kingdom
    Birth name was Jacqueline Aitken
    Children's author
    Books include the Tracy Beaker series, Stevie Day series, Freddy's Teddy series, Girls series and Hetty Feather series
    Non-series titles include 'How to Survive Summer Camp' (1985), 'The Mum Minder' (1992), 'Double Act' (1995), 'Lizzie Zipmouth' (2000), 'Dustbin Baby' (2001), 'The Worry Website' (2002), 'Best Friends' (2004), 'Love Lessons' (2005), 'Candyfloss' (2006), 'The Longest Whale Song' (2010), 'The Worst Thing About My Sister' (2012), 'Queenie' (2013) and 'Four Children and It' (2014)
    Named a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (2008)
    She failed her 11+ exams and left school at age 16.
    Her personal style -- close-cropped hair, black velvet dresses, silver boots, and enormous rings -- has been described as 'a gothic fairy godmother.'
    She said children grow up too quickly now, leading to rejoinders that her books and their unflinching subject matter -- including divorce, homelessness and mental illness -- were contributing to the trend.
    She said, 'Sometimes I upset adult readers because I write from the child's point of view about parents who let them down. I can see that that might be unsettling.'
    Philip Pullman said, 'Her appeal is extraordinary and I think it's due to the fact that she writes directly -- never down.'
    She placed 14 titles in the BBC's 'Big Read' survey of favorite books.
    She once signed books for seven and a half hours. (Since having a pacemaker installed, she has limited book signings to 200 people.)
    She said, 'If a child comes up to me and says I used to hate books but I've read one of yours and it has really turned me on to reading, then that is the most worthwhile thing of all.'

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