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10 feelings every 90s kid has about Jacqueline Wilson books
Jackie knows what’s up.


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The beloved children’s author is coming to Dublin’s RDS in May to talk about her books as part of the city’s International Literature Festival.

If you grew up in the 90s and early 2000s, you probably have a lot of feelings about Wilson and her work. Here are just a few of them.

1. No library trip was complete without one or two of her many, many books

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Jacqueline is PROLIFIC, so there was no waiting around for her to produce another novel. Bliss!

2. You always wished you were as tough as Tracy Beaker or Tanya from Bad Girls

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You, if you were in any way rebellious.

3. You felt extremely grown-up reading Girls In Love

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They’re talking about sex.

4. And wished Nadine and Magda were YOUR pals

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They would guide you through the nightmare of teenage life, surely.

5. Or that you had a twin like Ruby and Garnet

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Even if you were more of a Garnet, personality-wise.

6. Nick Sharratt’s illustrations inspired many of your childhood drawings

7. And it was your dream to get to one of her book signings

8. Looking back, you realised the subject matter could be dark

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Mental health, grief, and troubled families were common themes.

9. But it always seemed like Jacqueline Wilson ‘got’ you, no matter what the situation

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Does she have a secret passage into the mind of tweens or something?

10. And her books are still some of your most prized possessions

If they’re even so much as touched, someone’s in for it.

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