The Story of Tracy Beaker is the first book in the Tracy Beaker series. It was written by Jacqueline Wilson and illustrated by Nick Sharratt. It was published in 1991.
The book is mainly an autobiography/diary of a young girl named Tracy Beaker, who lives in a care home that she has named, The Dumping Ground. She was placed there many years ago by her mother for domestic violence. The book follows her as she tries to get on with life at the DG, meets Cam Lawson and gets fostered by her. Tracy Beaker doesn't know what kind of mother she has but to remember her she has a picture to remind her. Tracy thinks her mum is pretty enough to be on a movie especially a Hollywood movie and always goes on about how wonderful her mum is.
At the start, Tracy begins talking about her life writing facts about her life. She then writes about a story about her life, until she is interrupted by Elaine the Pain. After that she tells her life in order. Previously, she had been adopted by Julie and Ted, until they have a baby and take her to a foster home due to her previous actions with babies. After that, she is taken to a woman who she calls Aunty Peggy. However, that does not succeed and she ends up back in her old foster home, which she calls "the Dumping Ground". Outraged, she finds her old best friend Louise is now friends Justine Littlewood instead. Furiously, she breaks Justine's Micky Mouse clock, which her dad gave her. She ended up in trouble and in anger. Then, since she wasn't fostered in some time, they up writing things about her in an ad that she is furious at Elaine. Then, a unsucessful author Cam Lawson appears and her and Tracy have a spark. She ends up fostering her.
Tracy Beaker’s not exactly sure what her mother does, because Tracy has been in foster care for as long as she can remember. She has a picture of her mother, who’s pretty enough to be in movies, so maybe she is. And maybe one day Tracy’s mother will show up and reclaim her long-lost daughter, and together they’ll have fabulous adventures. Then again, maybe she won’t. In the meantime, Tracy’s doing everything she can to take care of herself–even though she has to share her birthday cake with silly Peter Ingenham just because they have the same birthday . . . and even though the other girls she lives with are mean and nasty and rude and horrible. Mostly. Then a journalist shows up to write a story about their orphanage, and she and Tracy strike up a special friendship.
Tracy Beaker- the ten-year old author of her own books, which only she can read, about her life in care. Despite being in care, she is a determined child with a high temper and attempts desperately to get what she wants by either: screaming, shouting or annoying people. Throughout the books, she is fostered by struggling author, Cam Lawson She doesn't get along with any of the residents of Elm Tree House, except for Adele Azupadi and Peter Ingham however she can't stand Justine Littlewood and can no longer trust, Louise Goven, as she left her as a friend for Justine. Before going to The Dumping Ground, she was fostered sereval times and was put into care since her mother couldn't take care of her as she gave birth to her as a teenager.
Fiery-tempered, enemy of Tracy Beaker, best friend of Louise Goven and antagonist of the books - Justine Littlewood is a girl, who is very harsh to any one who is rather vulnerable or angry in the Elm Tree House, to hide her real emotions. She is seen taunting Tracy Beaker and her friend Peter Ingham. Although close to her father, she remains contacting him very little. Perhaps, her mother has died so her dad was too upset to take care of her, like the Tracy Beaker Returns and The Dumping Ground character, Lily Kettle.
Peter Ingham is a boy in care who has a major crush on Tracy, that she reliazes later on the book series. Tracy often describes Peter as 'weedy little Peter Ingham. He likes to be nice to everyone in Elm Tree House, including Justine. Unfortunately, he was put in care because his parents died and so did his grandma. Despite having a tough time, he is prepared to be nice to everyone he meets.
Louise Goven known for her blonde, highlighted with streaks of ginger (stawberry blonde), glistening hair is the former friend of Tracy Beaker, now friends with Justine Littlewood, who controls her. She appears generally nice and defenceless as she lets Justine control her, as she doesn't have any other friends. Tracy envies her and wishes she looked like her. She is in care because her parents are seperated and her mum, Amanda Goven died when she give birth to Louise's younger brother so they were both put in care, but in differrent care homes. She has been a resident of Elm Tree House the longest.
Elaine Boyack, also known as Elaine the Pain is a Tracy's social worker and tries to deal with her emotional breakthroughs. Although, she means well she appears annoying to the kids at Elm Tree House
Cam Lawson, is a middle-aged struggling author who later becomes Tracy's foster mother when she meets her at Elm Tree House. She is an inspriation to Tracy, who desperately wants to become an author in the not so distant future. Throughout, the books she appears to like simple things in life and has a small apartment. Usually, she lets Tracy disrespect her, as she once took ten pounds from her purse. Cam has taken a liking to Tracy, as she is fiercly independent and aspires to be an author like her.
Carly Beaker (mentioned), believed to be an high-class actress, is the biological mother of Tracy Beaker. Tracy thinks she is even prettier than Louise as she has long, blonde hair and bright blue eyes, unlike Tracy who perhaps inherited her father's looks. Tracy has a picture of her, which is very important to her. She gave birth to Tracy as a teenager. Now, she is a struggling actress, taking on acting classes.