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Jacqueline Wilson
Bestselling British author who has written a huge amount of novels for children and teenagers. Most of them are about a specific theme or problem that young people might face. The 1970s magazine Jackie may or may not have been named after her, depending on who you ask. As well as winning a truckload of awards, she was the Children's Laureate between 2005 and 2007, and was named in the 2008 Honours List.

Her best known books are:

  • Tracy Beaker Series: The Story of Tracy Beaker, The Dare Game, Starring Tracy Beaker, Tracy Beaker's Thumping Heart
  • The Girls Series: Girls In Love, Girls Under Pressure, Girls Out Late, Girls In Tears
  • The Suitcase Kid
  • The Bed and Breakfast Star
  • Cliffhanger
  • Buried Alive
  • Double Act
  • Bad Girls
  • The Lottie Project
  • The Illustrated Mum
  • Dustbin Baby
  • Vicky Angel
  • Secrets
  • Best Friends
  • Lola Rose
  • The Diamond Girls
  • Clean Break
  • Love Lessons
  • Memoirs: Jacky Daydream, My Secret Diary
  • Cookie
  • The Hetty series: Hetty Feather, Sapphire Battersea, Emerald Star, Diamond
  • Little Darlings
  • Lily Alone
  • The Longest Whale Song
  • Kiss

Several of her books have been adapted for TV.

Tropes found in her works:

  • Abusive Parents - the titular heroine of Cookie has a father who borders on this, and is certainly abusive to his wife. There's also Elsa's stepfather (nicknamed "Mack the Smack" because he hits her) in The Bed and Breakfast Star, Mary's mother in The Diamond Girls, Treasure's stepfather in Secrets and, it is implied, Prue's father in Love Lessons.
    • The Worry Website also has Lisa's dad, her main worry being that she finds out that he's been hitting her mum. She ends up not posting it on the website, instead saying that she's worried about starting to get spots instead.
    • Lola Rose's father, who, like Cookie's, was initially abusive to her mom and later to her as well.
    • It's implied that Tracy Beaker was abused by her mother's boyfriends before being taken into care.
  • Adaptation Expansion - The first season of the TV series The Story Of Tracy Beaker was more-or-less the first book. But while the second book is about Tracy staying with Cam, the second TV season sees her back at the Dumping Ground. The show then ran for a further three seasons (including one where she gets fostered by Cam again), and ended two years before the third book came out. It has now started again with a series chronicling Tracy returning to the Dumping Ground as a carer, and is going to continue with The Dumping Ground in 2013.
  • Adaptational Attractiveness - In several TV adaptations of the books. Most noticeable is Girls in Love, where chubby, bespectacled Ellie is played by the very pretty Olivia Hallinan; but plain, awkward Dolphin from The Illustrated Mum and scrappy, untidy Tracy Beaker were also portrayed by rather cute young ladies.
  • Adults Are Useless
  • Adult Fear: Her books are chock full of it.
  • Alliterative Name: Stella Stebbings, Dixie Diamond
  • Alpha Bitch: Kim in Bad Girls, Louise in How to Survive Summer Camp, Chloe in Sleepovers and Rhiannon in "Candyfloss" are all examples
  • Always V Sexy: Vicky from Vicky Angel was meant to be very attractive.
  • Ambiguously Gay - Carl in Kiss. Much of the plot centres around Sylvie's reaction as Carl discovers that he identifies as gay, leaving her uncertain as to how their friendship will change (especially when he attempts suicide because his crush doesn't return his feelings) and destroying her dreams of marrying him one day. At the end, however, he tells her he does love her and kisses her, leaving the ending ambiguous to whether he meant it romantically and is thus attracted to girls as well, or at least just Sylvie, or whether the kiss is merely an expression of his platonic affection for her. Sylvie seems to suspect the latter.
  • And Now For Something Completely Different - Hetty Feather was Wilson's first historical novel. It can be seen as this trope for her whole career because, with the exception of The Worst Thing About My Sister, all her books released since then have been historical fiction.
    • Unless you count The Lottie Project as being historical, as half of it is set in the present, and half is the diary Charlie wrote for her History project, set in Victorian times.
  • Attempted Rape - Magda in Girls Under Pressure. Particularly notable since Nadine was almost date-raped in Girls In Love.
  • Author Avatar: Most of the protagonists in Jacqueline's children's books are this to an extent; they have a tendency to be shy and/or like writing, reading and making up stories, much like Jacqueline herself throughout her childhood.
  • Barred from the Afterlife - The title character of Vicky Angel, causing her to linger on earth and haunt her best friend. She is finally granted access to heaven when she saves Jade from being hit by a car as Vicky was.
  • Bittersweet Ending - Things generally get better for the protagonists throughout the course of the story, but often they have to acknowledge that life isn't perfect and/or sacrifice something important by the end. In Suitcase Kid, for example, Andy does end up slightly happier with her situation, but remarks wistfully that she still doesn't fully belong at any of her residences. In Little Darlings, Destiny does get to meet her father, but she's fully aware that the meeting is basically a cynical public relations exercise on his part - she doesn't mind because she at least gets a chance to sing.
  • Black Best Friend - Naomi in The Bed and Breakfast Star. Cathy from Dustbin Baby and Magda from the Girls series become this in the TV adaptations; in the books, both are described as white.
  • Career Versus Family / Career Versus Man - Touched upon a few times in the Girls series. In Girls Out Late, Ellie, Nadine and Magda are upset when they discover that their favourite pop star has given up her career to please her boyfriend. In Girls in Tears, Anna's career is a source of friction between her and Ellie's father; and it's mentioned that Ellie's mother gave up a promising career to raise her daughter.
    • This comes up in Emerald Star when Hetty chooses to go with the circus despite Jem's offer to marry her.
  • Childhood Marriage Promise - In Hetty Feather, Hetty has one with Jem. Sylvie and Carl had one in Kiss, but Carl later discovers he is gay, leading to heartbreak for Sylvie who had always believed he would grow up to fall in love with her.
  • Cinderella Circumstances - Lottie in The Lottie Project, who's forced to become a nursemaid to financially support her family despite being just ten years old (she had to lie about her age and pretend to be a teenager.)
    • Hetty Feather is also forced to go into domestic servitude to support herself.
  • Cloud Cuckoolander - a lot of characters fall into this trope, particularly Marigold in The Illustrated Mum ( who, it is later revealed, has serious bipolar disorder and has to go into hospital) and Allison in The Other Side ( also heavily implied to be mentally ill.)
  • Coming-Out Story: Kiss becomes this for Carl.
  • Cool Teacher - Several, one prominent example being Mr Speed in The Worry Website.
    • Mr Harrison, the school librarian in The Illustrated Mum deserves a mention too.
  • Cosmetic Catastrophe
  • Creepy Uncle - Lily's former stepfather (the twins' father) in Lily Alone is a variant of this; she often mentions that she does not like the way he stares at her and makes suggestive comments towards her. Another variant is Jade's dad in Vicky Angel, who seems to have developed an extremely squicky crush on the now dead Vicky. Jade notices and is disgusted by it.
  • Cute Bruiser - Tracy Beaker, Elsa in The Bed and Breakfast Star, Jude in The Diamond Girls, Gemma in Best Friends, Ruby in Double Act, Treasure in Secrets, Dolphin in The Illustrated Mum.
  • Daddy's Girl - Floss in Candyfloss, Em in Clean Break (although he's an adoptive dad), Barbara in Deep Blue. Deconstructed with Jayni in Lola Rose and Beauty in Cookie, who behave like Daddy's Girls simply because they are afraid of their abusive fathers.
    • Mandy in Bad Girls very much fits this role - even so much as actually calling her father Daddy despite her age. She occasionally seems to subvert this by wishing she had different parents or was adopted, only to then feel terrible and go rushing back to her parents' sides.
    • Star in The Illustrated Mum becomes this when she meets her father for the first time. It's hinted that he's not the best at commitment, and that he might end up leaving her behind again.
  • Death by Childbirth - In The Longest Whale Song, Ella's mother goes into a very dangerous and life-threatening coma after complications from the birth of Ella's baby brother. The trope is ultimately averted as she wakes at the end of the book.
  • Devil in Plain Sight - Dustbin Baby mentions that April was frequently tormented by a girl at the care home where she used to live, with all the carers seemingly blind to this and thinking the girls were best friends, until April pushed the girl down the stairs and put her in hospital.
  • Domestic Abuse - Jayni/Lola's father in Lola Rose, and the titular character's father in Cookie.
  • Don't Split Us Up - Lily's motivation in Lily Alone.
  • Doorstop Baby - April of Dustbin Baby, who as the title suggests was actually found abandoned in a bin.
  • Downer Ending - Not unheard of, particularly in My Sister Jodie, even if the birth of May adds a note of hope. Another book not immune to this was Lily Alone: whilst the books ends with Lily claiming that "we're all going to be together, very, very soon", just how accurate her statement is is left extremely ambiguous.
    • Wilson's earlier novels were more prone to the Downer Ending; since she hit the big time with the first Tracy Beaker book, a Bittersweet Ending is more common.
  • Driven to Suicide - April's adoptive mother in Dustbin Baby, Tina in Falling Apart, Carl in Kiss, though he survives and Tanya's mother in Bad Girls.
  • Easily Forgiven - Ellie must have a hugely forgiving personality, since she forgives some pretty vicious treatment from best friend Nadine, and forgives Magda and Russel, her other best friend and boyfriend for kissing behind her back at a party.
    • Violet forgives Jasmine and Will for their deception disappointingly quickly in Midnight. Although Jasmine clearly did like Violet for her own sake, her desperation to visit Violet's home was all about her desire to get closer to Will. YMMV as to whether or not this makes her worse than Violet's old friends Marnie and Terry, who tried the same thing (albeit unsuccessfully,) without having engaged Violet's feelings.
    • A lot of the characters in her books forgive their friends and loved ones extremely easily: Garnet forgives Ruby almost instantaneously for all of her bullying, Tracy treats her mother like an angel despite all the pain she causes her, and the one time Jade doesn't forgive her best friend Vicky for being horrible to her, she dies. In some cases, the girls have learnt to stand up for themselves by the end of the book, in others, they simply don't.
  • Expy - Almost all the characters in Love Lessons are Expies of those from an earlier novel of Wilson's called Waiting For the Sky to Fall.
    • Hetty Feather has many similarities to Lottie in The Lottie Project, including the historical setting, red hair, outspoken nature and working in domestic service.
  • Even the Guys Want Him - Midnight: "All the girls at my school are in love with Will. And some of the boys."
  • Fairytale Motifs - Violet in Midnight, Ellie in the Girls series, Mae in The Power of the Shade
  • Fat Idiot - Subverted with Biscuits, who is actually pretty clever. Also subverted in Vicky Angel where Jade initially thinks of Sam as a Fat Idiot, but he turns out to be funny, intelligent and kind.
    • Played straight in Love Lessons and Waiting for the Sky to Fall (see Expy above) where Grace and Nicola are both overweight and considerably mentally slow, although they're portrayed sympathetically.
    • Subverted again with the fat Mr Harrison from The Illustrated Mum; he's always kind to Dolphin and Oliver and even helps to stop them from getting into trouble with their teacher. He's also shown to be quite intelligent.
    • And again with Ellie in the Girls series, who is definitely overweight and actually pretty intelligent (although her common sense is questionable at times).
  • Father, I Want to Marry My Brother - Violet in Midnight. Borders on Big Brother Attraction when she admits that at age fourteen she still harbours hopes of them living together when they grow up. Will is adopted, but Violet didn't know this for most of her life, and still sees him as a big brother.
  • Fiery Redhead - Charlie and Lottie in The Lottie Project, Hetty Feather, and Vicky in Vicky Angel all count.
  • Foregone Conclusion - in Vicky Angel, Vicky is still alive in the first chapter or two - but from the title alone, what do you think is going to happen to her?
    • In My Sister Jodie, Jodie dies two chapters from the end - but this is given away in the blurb.
  • G-Rated Sex - Occurs in some of the author's earlier novels aimed at teens (such as Falling Apart and The Dream Palace). Usually done in a slightly confusing way whereby a normal scene occurs (such as the couple going for a walk or hanging out in the guy's room) with nothing untoward described, and then the protagonist casually mentions later that sex took place in the middle of the scene.
  • Handicapped Badass - Mary in Take a Good Look, a partially sighted teen who foils an armed robbery.
  • Huge Schoolgirl - Ellie, who is embarrassed about her weight and large bust. Nadine, who's mentioned as very tall, may also count.
  • I Don't Want to Ruin Our Friendship - At the end of Emerald Star, Jem tries to propose to Hetty, but she turns him down this way because she knows she can't love him romantically.
  • I Just Want to Be Normal - Barbara in Deep Blue has spent her life training to be an Olympic diving champion, and feels that she has missed out on "normal" experiences as a result. This trope causes her to use a minor accident at the pool as an excuse to quit diving so that she can attend parties and hang out with boys like a regular girl of her age.
  • Ill Girl - Elsie in Queenie.
  • Important Haircut - in Double Act, Ruby cuts her hair to make her look different from her twin sister.
    • Jade also gets a new haircut in Vicky Angel, signifying the beginning of her efforts to break away from Vicky's hold over her and the person she used to be.
  • Incompatible Orientation - Sylvie and Carl in Kiss. In the Girls series, Ellie has a crush on a handsome guy who turns out to be gay, leading to embarrassment for her when she pretends to her friends that he is her boyfriend Dan (the real Dan being awkward and nerdy.) She and the gay guy do become good friends though.
  • Incredibly Lame Pun - Elsa is prone to these in The Bed and Breakfast Star
  • Innocent Inaccurate - Several cases of this. Among the most poignant are April in Dustbin Baby, who doesn't realise her depressed mother has committed suicide in the bathtub and Verity in The Cat Mummy when she tries to mummify her dead cat after learning about Egyptian mummies at school, and can't understand why her family is horrified at finding out what she's done
    • An odd example in Little Darlings. It's Destiny's mum who's the innocent one. She met Danny Kilman, the famous rock star she had a crush on, at one of his gigs when she was eighteen, leading to Destiny's conception. Eleven years later she still thinks it was a serious albeit-brief relationship, despite all evidence pointing to it being a one-night stand.
  • Jacob Marley Apparel - Averted with Vicky in Vicky Angel, who as a ghost can change clothes and hairstyles any time she likes.
  • Little Miss Badass - Prue in Love Lessons, Tracy Beaker, Tanya in Bad Girls and Dustbin Baby
  • Love Makes You Crazy
  • Loving a Shadow - A few examples:
    • Destiny's mother in Little Darlings didn't really know the father of her daughter, and was caught up in the fantasy she associated with his being a rock star.
    • In the first book of the Girls series, Ellie falls hard for Kevin, an older guy she's seen around town but never really met or spoken to. She later develops a relationship with Dan (a guy her own age) and has to admit that Kevin was a fantasy for her; he's actually gay and nothing like the person she imagined, although they do become friends.
    • Marigold in The Illustrated Mum has idolized Micky as the love of her life for years, but is oblivious to the fact he doesn't care about her and isn't at all the person she thinks he is. After they broke up, she got together with Dolphin's father mostly because he looked a little like Micky and had the same name.
    • Sylvie in Kiss believes she's in love with her friend Carl and that they will get married when they grow up. As they become teenagers, Sylvie clings to her image of him, unable to understand that he's changing as a person and has fallen for a guy.
    • Drives the plot of Falling Apart. Tina falls for the older, more socially advanced Simon and soon convinces herself that he is the love of her life. She is unable to see that he is not the person she thinks he is, and that to him their relationship is just a casual fling. It doesn't end well when he breaks up with her.
  • Manipulative Bastard - Most of the abusive parents. However, special mention goes to Will of Midnight. There's something subtly and deeply troubling about the way he treats Violet that borders on horrific, Freudian Excuse or not. There's little chance that you'll read the section about the blindfold game and not at least suspect that Will's a sadist.
  • Market-Based Title - Elsa, Star of the Shelter was changed to The Bed and Breakfast Star in reprints, to reflect the change in accommodation offered to families like Elsa's.
  • May September Romance - Coral and her boss in This Girl, Prue and Mr Raxberry in Love Lessons. In the Girls series, this is a source of tension between Ellie's father (in his 50s) and stepmother (late 20s/early 30s.)
  • Maybe Magic, Maybe Mundane - The Power of the Shade and The Other Side, where it's left open to the reader whether May and Alison really have supernatural powers (although the latter book more strongly implies that Alison uses fantasies of astral projection as a coping mechanism.)
    • Before the start of the "Vicky Angel", Wilson states that many people have asked her if Vicky is really there, or if it is just Jade's imagination. She says that "You will have to make up your own mind!"
  • Meaningful Name - In The Illustrated Mum, it turns out that Dolphin's name came from the fact that her father was the one to finally teach her mother to swim. Made all the more touching by the fact Marigold claims not to have remembered much about him.
  • Meaningful Rename - the end of Lola Rose implies that Jayni will continue living as Lola, an identity she struggled to live up to for most of the book.
    • Hetty Feather has a couple of these, going by the aliases "Sapphire Battersea", "Emerald Greenwich" and "Emerald Star."
  • Meganekko - Ellie in the Girls series
  • Missing Mom - Hetty Feather centres around the heroine, an ostensibly abandoned Victorian girl, trying to find her mother. She does.
    • In the Girls series, it is mentioned that Ellie's low self-esteem is partly due to her mother's death.
    • Several of Wilson's other heroines also have dead mothers, including Verity (The Cat Mummy) and Ruby and Garnet (Double Act.) Tracy Beaker, who was abandoned by her mother, may count as well, and Allison in The Other Side whose mother is mentally ill and goes into hospital at the start of the book.
  • Moral Guardians - Referenced In-Universe in Midnight, where Violet mentions that Casper Dream's first book ("The Smoke Fairy") was recalled because of concerns that it encouraged smoking in children.
  • Most Writers Are Writers
  • The Munchausen - Tracy Beaker, sort of. The tall tales she tells are about her mother rather than herself.
  • Near Death Clairvoyance - Vicky in Vicky Angel
  • Nightmare Fuel Station Attendant
  • No Sympathy - Nadine and Magda often behave this way towards Ellie in the Girls series. Several sets of parents - particularly Andy's in The Suitcase Kid - show a woeful lack of empathy as well.
  • Not Blood Siblings - Jem and Hetty
  • Overprotective Dad - Prue's father in Love Lessons, Katherine's father in Waiting For the Sky to Fall, Beauty's father in Cookie
  • Parental Bonus - a less light-hearted: a lot of the issues dealt with in the books are subtle enough for the target demographic to miss, but which an older reader will pick up(or suddenly remember in a bout of Fridge Brilliance)
  • Parental Favoritism
  • Parental Neglect - Happens a lot. The most obvious example is Dustbin Baby where April's mother, who had serious depression, could not look after her and left the five or six-year-old April to attempt to cook for herself, do her own washing and get herself to school. Lily Alone centres around a child who is left alone in the house with toddler siblings because their mother goes on holiday and the designated babysitter does not show up. Several other stories have very young protagonists who are left to look after younger siblings alone while the parents work long hours or (in The Bed and Breakfast Star) just sleep all day.
  • Parents as People - Generally not a good thing. In Lola Rose, the mother's understandable terror at being diagnosed with breast cancer almost lands her whole family back with her abusive husband, The Diamond Girls has the protagonist's family in a constant state of upheaval due to their mother frequently changing boyfriends and moving her children to new homes, Illustrated Mum sees the bipolar disorder of the generally lovable Marigold get her kids into dire straits, and the parents of The Suitcase Kid use their daughter as little more than an inconvenient chess piece. Used more positively with Cam in Tracy Beaker.
    • An early novel that Wilson based on this theme was Amber, in which the title character struggles to lead a normal life in spite of her mother's irresponsible hippy/"groupie" lifestyle.
  • Plucky Girl
  • Promotion to Parent - Sadie in The Mum-Minder, who must take over her ailing mother's childminding duties for a week. Jayni/Lola gets this to some extent in Lola Rose when her mother goes into hospital, leaving her alone to take care of her little brother.
    • Star in The Illustrated Mum mentions having raised Dolphin for most of her life despite only being three or so years older than her.
  • Punny Name - Billy "Biscuits" McVitie, since McVitie is one of the biggest biscuit-making companies in Britain.
  • Raised as the Opposite Gender - In The Diamond Girls, the main character's mother tries to raise her new baby girl as a boy; having been convinced while she was pregnant that she would finally have a son this time (she already has four daughters.) She does get found out and agree to stop the charade.
  • Raised by Grandparents - the heroine of The Power of the Shade
  • Replacement Goldfish - in Midnight, the heroine's brother was adopted because he looked exactly like their parents' first baby, who died
    • In The Illustrated Mum, Marigold tried to replace her first love Micky with Dolphin's father Michael, who went by "Micky" at time. It didn't work out.
  • Retcon - Billy "Biscuits" gets a change of surname between Buried Alive/Cliffhanger (his first appearances) and Best Friends, where he reappears as a main character in a book unrelated to the previous two.
  • Romantic Two-Girl Friendship - Vicky and Jade in Vicky Angel bordered on this, especially with Vicky as a ghost being jealous of Jade's friendship with Sam.
    • Violet and Jasmine in Midnight, too; in fact, it wouldn't be difficult to interpret Violet's long, romanticised descriptions of Jasmine as her being in love with her, or at least having a crush.
    • Gemma and Alice in Best Friends, although they're around 10 years old and thus would be a very mild version of the trope. The ending, where they are banned from seeing each other again but Alice's birthday package lets Gemma know that Alice still considers her a best friend almost pushes them into Star-Crossed Lovers territory.
  • Sadist Teacher - Miss Beckworth in The Lottie Project (though by the end it's obvious she's more of a Stern Teacher)
    • Also Miss Hill from The Illustrated Mum, who seems to delight in making Dolphin's day that much worse, despite the fact there would be a lot of evidence that Dol had a rough home life and at one point she continues to lecture Dol about the fact she hasn't even washed her face even as Dol is crying.
  • Self-Insert Fic - the heroine of The Lottie Project writes her school history project as the fictional diary of a Victorian servant, who is a thinly veiled copy of herself. Also, in Clean Break the protagonist meets a famous children's author named Jenna Williams, clearly intended to represent Wilson.
    • In Sapphire Battersea Hetty, now known as Sapphire Battersea, writes a partly-fictionalised "memoir" of her life under the name Emerald Greenwich.
  • Shrinking Violet - Violet in Midnight (aptly enough), Sylvie in Kiss, Lizzie in Lizzie Zipmouth, Beauty in Cookie, Lolly in The Dream Palace, Pearl in My Sister Jodie, Garnet in Double Act, Bliss in Lily Alone and several others.
  • Sibling Yin-Yang - Violet and Will (Midnight), Pearl and Jodie (My Sister Jodie), Dolphin and Star (The Illustrated Mum), Garnet and Ruby (Double Act), Marty and Melissa in The Worst Thing About My Sister. All the sisters in The Diamond Girls are examples, but particularly Dixie and Rochelle.
  • Signature Style - Recurring themes in Wilson's books include broken homes, the heroine wanting to be a writer or artist, part of the story being set in a museum or art gallery, and the main character making friends with a social outcast. Wilson also tends to repeatedly use "though" in place of "but".
  • Society Marches On - Due to changes in the law since The Bed and Breakfast Star was first published, families with children cannot now be housed in bed and breakfast accommodation - in order to avoid them ending up in the sort of plight that Elsa's family faces in the book. However, The Bed and Breakfast Star remains in print because of its success.
    • Wilson has stated in interviews that this is the reason for her decision to switch focus to historical fiction and stop writing books aimed at teenagers.
  • Spell My Name with an S - In Lola Rose, Jayni explains that the unusual spelling of her name is because it was chosen as a portmanteau of her parents' names (Jay and Nikki.)
  • Stacy's Mom - Mr "Rax" Raxberry in Love Lessons, Coral's employer in This Girl
  • Start My Own - In The Left-Outs, a group of kids who didn't get speaking parts in the school play decide to put on their own production.
  • Stepford Smiler: Lola Rose would act like this in hope of not setting her father off.
  • Stress Vomit: Happens to several characters in several books. Jade from Vicky Angel throws up whilst waiting for her dying friend in hospital, and Em from Clean Break is made physically sick by the revelation that her father is having an affair.
  • Sympathetic P.O.V. - Tracy Beaker would be a very different story if anyone else was narrating.
  • Teacher/Student Romance - Prue and Mr Raxberry in Love Lessons.
  • The Film of the Book - Dustbin Baby became a made-for-TV movie. Wilson is reportedly in talks for film adaptations of Lola Rose and/or My Sister Jodie.
  • Teen Pregnancy - 16-year-old Martine gets pregnant in The Diamond Girls. In Secrets, one of Treasure's sisters is a teenage mother, and it is hinted that Treasure's mother was a teenager when she had Treasure. April in Dustbin Baby believes that her mother was a young teenager who could not take care of a baby and was thus driven to abandon April. It is also noted that Jo from "The Lottie Project" became pregnant with Charlie while she was still in school.
  • Theme Naming - Love Lessons, where Prudence and Grace are so named because their father liked Victorian-style "virtue" names. In Sleepovers, the main character and her friends form an "Alphabet Club" because their names begin with the first five letters of the alphabet: Amy, Belle, Chloe, Daisy and Emily.
    • Also in Sleepovers, Daisy's sister is named Lily, and all the children in Amy's family have names beginning with A.
    • In Double Act, not only do Ruby and Garnet get Theme Twin Naming, but their mother was also called Opal. Their new stepmother is named Rose, so their father opens a store called The Red Bookshop because his girlfriend and daughters are all named after something red.
  • Theme Twin Naming - Ruby and Garnet are both named after red gems.
  • There Are No Therapists: Often the case. Although eventually averted in Vicky Angel when Jade is finally given some grief counselling and it is a big help to her.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl - Gemma and Alice in Best Friends, Treasure and India in Secrets, Ruby and Garnet in Double Act, Lolly and Lynne in The Dream Palace, Marty and Melissa in The Worst Thing About My Sister.
  • Traumatic Haircut - Example of sorts in How to Survive Summer Camp, where Stella mentions that she used to have very long hair but got it chopped down to bristle when the punky-looking hairdresser misunderstood her instructions to cut only a small amount.
  • Unlucky Childhood Friend - Sylvie to Carl in Kiss, although they do seem to be Platonic Life Partners by the ending.
  • Very Special Episode
  • Wacky Parent, Serious Child - Marigold and Star in The Illustrated Mum, Sue and Martine in The Diamond Girls, Jay and Amber in Amber.
  • Weight Woe - Ellie in the Girls series, Em in Clean Break and Barbara in Deep Blue all struggle with their weight. The heroine usually ends up losing some weight by the end of the book.
  • Where There's a Will, There's a Sticky Note - Tina in Falling Apart does this when she tries, but ultimately fails, to commit suicide.
  • Why Did You Make Me Hit You? - Vicky Angel and Cookie.
  • Wild Teen Party: A few in some of her books 'for older readers', most notably those featured in the Girls series.
  • With Friends Like These...: Violet's friendship with Jasmine, Ellie's friendship with Nadine and Magda, May's friendship with Selina in The Power of the Shade. All instances require the main character to have the patience of a saint as their friends are by turns cruel and stupid. It's not totally incomprehensible why the friendships survive, but it does seem to require a lot of resilience from the gentler/more sensible friend. Subverted in Candyfloss where Floss falls out with the unpleasant Rhiannon and starts being best friends with a much nicer girl.
    • Sadly for the girls, it's justified because most Jacqueline Wison heroines tend to have trouble making even one friend and they generally aren't willing to risk losing them with all the other problems they've got.
      • An example not involving the main character occurs in How to Survive Summer Camp, where Louise clearly could not care less about Karen but Karen continues to idolise and fawn after her.
      • Vicky was extremely controlling towards Jade which actually makes Jade's heartbreak at Vicky's death even more tragic.
  • Your Cheating Heart - The source of a lot of the parental divorces that happen in the books. The stepdad in Clean Break is overheard by his stepdaughter as he plans to leave the family, Andy's parents split after her dad had an affair with Zen and Crystal's mother, and the rock star dad in Little Darlings has an affair with a much younger woman. Not unheard of among the younger cast either - see Girls in Tears with Magda engaged in a passionate make-out session with Ellie's boyfriend and Falling Apart where Simon's cheating on Tina and subsequently ditching her drives her to attempt suicide.
  • You're Not My Father - The plot of Wilson's first children's novel, Nobody's Perfect, in which a girl who hates her stepfather tries to track down her biological dad. He turns out to be equally disappointing.
    • Dolphin does this a little in The Illustrated Mum with Star's father, Micky, when Marigold encourages Dolphin to accept him as her own dad. Probably justified on the grounds that Micky spent the whole time fussing over Star and ignoring Dolphin and Marigold.
    • Ruby and Garnet in Double Act love to remind Rose that she is not their mother, although both warm to her by the end of the book.
  • Zany Scheme - Particularly books aimed at younger children

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