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The Story of Tracy Beaker (IV)

The following are quotations from the book. Interesting vocabulary is printed in orange colour.



I hate waiting. It really gets on my nerves.

I can´t concentrate on anything.

Not even my writing.

(page 100)


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I wish I hadn´t had that dream.

Dreams can come true.

(page 106)


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Elaine is a pain but she´s also quite quick at putting two and two together.

(page 107)


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The Story of Tracy Beaker (III)

QUESTION 1
COMPLETE WITH THE CORRESPONDING WORDS:





DIDN´T LOOK A BIT LIKE / DIDN´T KNOW / FEEL SORRY / LEAVE ME ALONE /


LOOK / LOOK LIKE / LOOKING WORRIED / SHY / SEEM




And it ___(1)___ all that effort was for nothing, because she didn´t ___(2)___ to have the woman writer person with her after all (page 56)


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I wanted to meet this Cam (what sort of a silly name is that?) even though she ___(3)___ a proper writer (...). I´m usually the last person to feel ___(4)___ but somehow


I suddenly ___(5)___what to say or what to do (page 57).


(...)


"I ___(6)___a mess on purpose", I said fiercely. "So you needn´t ___(7)___ for me, Peter Ingham. You just clear off and ___(8)___, right?". Peter fidgeted from one foot to the other ___(9)___ (page 57)


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QUESTION 2
AMONG THE 9 WORDS FROM THE PREVIOUS EXERCISE THERE´S ONE WHICH IS NOT A VERB.
WHICH ONE?
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The Story of Tracy Beaker (II)


COMPLETE THIS PARAGRAPH FROM THE BOOK WITH THE CORRESPONDING EXPRESSION:


AS THICK AS BRICKS / EASY-PEASY / TELL-TALE / TOOTH AND NAIL /

QUICK AS A WINK


Intelligence tests. They´re all ever so ___(1)____

I can do them ___(2)___.

They always expect kids in care to be ___(3)___, but I get a hundred out of a hundred nearly every time (page 25) (...)

"Oh don´t tell Tracy, please", Peter begged.

"What do you take me for? I´m no ___(4)___, I said" (page 44).

(...)

I was always sure I was going to be on telly with my own chat show (...) all these really famous celebrities would fight ___(5)___ to get on my show to speak to me (page 48)


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The Story of Tracy Beaker (I)

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Title: The Story of Tracy Beaker
Author: Jacqueline Wilson
Transworld Publishers Ltd.
London, 1991
(Also published in Australia, New Zealand and Canada)
126 pages.
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This is the story of Tracy Beaker, a ten year old girl who lives in a Children´s Home and longs to be fostered.
I´ve found this book in a library, in the "Junior Section"; that is to say, "Literature for young people", but I´ve found this story worth reading at any age.
This is the symmary which can be read in the cover of the book:
I´m Tracy Beaker. This is a book all about me. I´d read it if I were you. It´s the most incredible dynamic heart-rending story. Honest. And I bet some great movie magnate spots it and turns it into a film and I´ll get to be a star. (Just like my mum). I suppose I´d better let Peter have a small part in my film. But not Louise or Justine. No way! Cam can write the script if she likes. Cam is... But if you want to know who she is you´d better read this book. There´s some funny bits and some rude bits and some sad bits and I think it´s the best book ever. But then I would do, seeing as I helped write it.

About the author:

Jacqueline Wilson was born in Somerset. She began her working life at a publishing company, then spent two years working as a magazine jurnalist before turning her hand very successfully to a career as a full-time author. She has written a number of books for children, as well as a series of crime novels and several plays which have been broadcast on Radio 4; she has also run classes for children in creative writing. An avid reader herself, Jacqueline has a personal collection of more than 10,000 books!

Married to a Chief Superintendet in the Metropolitan Police, she lives in Surrey and has one grown-up daughter.