Friday 13th October 2006 by C. Freeman
Students met top children's author, Jacqueline Wilson during a recent book signing. Ms Wilson, who has sold more than 20 million books in the UK alone, was promoting her newest title, 'Starring Tracey Beaker' the latest in a hit series.
Five students from the 'Well-reads' reading group queued for about a hour to meet Ms Wilson who was signing books at Waterstones in Market Harborough. The group just had time for a few words with the author, who, as well as winning countless literary awards and being awarded an OBE was made Children's Laureate in 2005.
Jacqueline Wilson is immediately recognisable, noted for her trademark spiky crop and massive silver rings which she often has to remove during lengthy book-signing sessions.
She has written 80 books which she writes long-hand in notebooks and she can even write 1000 words an hour!
The visit was organised by Librarian Charlie Smith and it is not the first time that the reading group has met a famous author; they have also met Malorie Blackman at an earlier event.
Miss Smith said: 'Jacqueline Wilson's books are among the most popular in the library and so it was a great thrill for our students to actually see her in the flesh. She writes about gritty and hard-hitting subjects which affect young people today. It is a testament to how she feels about her books that despite being Children's Laureate and having huge commercial success she is still happy to meet her fans at grass roots level.'