Jacqueline Wilson

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Jacqueline Wilson was born in Bath in 1945 and spent her childhood in Kingston-on-Thames, going on to work as a teenage journalist with D C Thomson, writing for 'Jackie' teenage magazine, which was named after her.

She has written many books for children, and is an extremely popular author, having sold over ten million books, which have been translated into over thirty languages. At one point in 2000, six of her books were listed among the top ten bestselling children's paperbacks, and in 2003 four of her books made it into the BBC's Big Read Top 100 Books.

In 2005, Jacqueline Wilson became Children's Laureate, and in 2007, became a DBE.