Siblings The Tracy Beaker Survival Files - Tales from the Dumping Ground


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Tracy Beaker shares advice for life. Tracy turns her attentions to siblings. When brothers and sisters fall out or get jealous it can be a nightmare.


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My Name is Tracy Beaker and these are my Survival Files.

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Your guide to the ups and downs of growing up.

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Tracy!

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Tracy!!

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Life in the Dumping Ground has taught me about "stuff."

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Tracy Beaker!

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Scary stuff.

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SCREAMING

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Complicated stuff.

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Stuff that can make you want to scream.

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If you can cope with stuff that goes down in this place,

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you can cope with anything. I've spent most of my life here.

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First when I was a kid, and now it's where I work.

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I've learned a lot about friends.

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About enemies.

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About what life can throw at you.

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It's not always been pretty.

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But it's made me who I am today.

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And now I'm passing on my wisdom to you guys in a video blog.

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I've lived through all this so you don't have to.

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This time...brothers and sisters.

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The friendships and the fall outs. Getting jealous and getting even.

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It's a minefield.

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They can be the best of friends.

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-Roxy!

-Chantal!

-Rio...

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ALL: Wellard!

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Also the deadliest of rivals.

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Game on, bro!

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But they are always looking out for each other...

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Brothers and sisters are all of these things.

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Family ties can be complicated.

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Having a brother or sister is a connection

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different to anything else.

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And being in care can make that bond even stronger...

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because you've got nobody else. Take Lol and Bouncer.

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"I just can't get you out of my head, boy your loving..."

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What a double act!

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It was a laugh a minute with that pair.

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Oh, hit me with your handbag! Aagh!

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They were inseparable. One without the other

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would be like tea without six sugars,

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or tuna pizza without the raspberries. Seriously,

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you should try it.

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That was good, Bounce.

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Then one day, the bubble of brotherly love burst.

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And civil war broke out.

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It was not pretty.

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You're not sitting with Lol, then?

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Mind your own!

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-Not made up with Bouncer yet?

-No!

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Not until he tells what's going on with Sid!

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I know how you feel. Roxy never tells me anything.

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Not how brothers should treat each other.

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-No, it's not.

-If you've got something to say, say it!

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-Don't let him get to you.

-Keep out!

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-Don't take it out on her!

-Or what?!

-Oi! That's enough!

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They normally got on so well.

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-What are you doing?

-Go away!

-Tetchy!

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How come it all had gone so wrong?

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-So what's going on?

-Well, Bouncer's in there with Sid.

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That's the third time this week.

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-He says it's about his birthday. He's lying.

-How d'you know?

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Cos when he lies he does this weird flapping thing with his arms.

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Thanks, Sid, I'll think it over. Were you listening?

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-No! Why, got something to hide?

-No.

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-What were you talking about, then?

-Just...my birthday and stuff.

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-What sort of stuff?

-Stuff! I don't have to explain myself to you.

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When you're close, then one starts thinking the other

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is keeping stuff from him, it's a disaster.

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Game on, bro!

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They started falling out over everything.

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Even a table football game became a matter of life and death.

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MUSIC: "Carnaval de Paris" by Dario G.

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-Yes, champion!

-I wasn't ready.

-What? No way.

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-So you're a cheat as well as a liar?

-Come on!

-Come on, then!

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Come on, you boys have to sort this out.

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The truth is, brothers do get competitive.

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Even ones that get on well. It's sibling rivalry

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and it's all part of growing up, apparently.

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But this time, it was out of hand.

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I realised that I had to sort them out,

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before their fighting tore the Dumping Ground apart.

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We needed a cunning plan.

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-I made cakes and lemonade.

-For my birthday?

-Mmm-hmm.

-Cor, thanks!

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-A subtle, delicate lie...

-In here, yeah?

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..and...a great big shove!

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-Let us out!

-Not until you two have sorted things out!

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-I'll kill you, Tracy!

-Not from in there!

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-This isn't funny.

-Shout all you like, it won't help!

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Finally, the boys were talking.

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-You want to know what it's about?

-The truth was out there.

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I might be leaving. You happy now?

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And it just kept coming.

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You know how I'm 16? Sid said I have to think about moving

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-to a halfway house.

-Why didn't you say?

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-Cos I was scared.

-Of what?

-Of hurting you.

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We've always been together. I don't know

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if you can hack it without me. What if I can't hack it without you?

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So, you're going to go?

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I don't know. I've got to grow up sometime, haven't I?

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I'm 16, and I'm sitting in a Wendy house.

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You should have said something.

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Look, whatever you decide to do, I'll be right behind you.

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Thanks, bruv.

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You know I let you win at football.

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-So you think you can take me on.

-When I'm un-blindfolded.

-Rematch!

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Phew! One minute Lol and Bouncer were worst enemies.

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The next they were best mates.

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That's the way it goes with siblings. It's a rollercoaster.

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That's especially true when it comes to Johnny and Tee.

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They are so close,

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but their relationship isn't without its ups and downs.

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I hate you! You're weird. I hate that you're my brother!

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Tee, what's it like having a big brother?

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Great. There's someone looking out for you,

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making sure you're OK, checking up on you...

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It's a big responsibility, constantly looking out for her.

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Making sure she doesn't get into trouble.

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But Johnny thinks he knows best.

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If she doesn't do what she's told, that can be a wind-up...

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If he's stressed, it does your head in.

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Tee could do with listening more.

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And if he's bossy, it totally does your head in!

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I wouldn't change her.

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I wouldn't want him to change though...much.

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So, Johnny can be a bit controlling. But it comes from a good place.

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He wants the best for his sister, even if he ends up hurt.

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Like when he persuaded her to be fostered by the Watsons without him.

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-No way.

-Think about it.

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Ponies, ballet lessons, cable TV...

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-And a family.

-You are my family. Johnny, I'm not leaving without you.

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But you've got to! Go on, tell her.

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What about Hannah? She's your best friend, isn't she?

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Johnny's my brother.

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Exactly. Don't you want me to get fostered?

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-Of course I do.

-Then use your brain!

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Why d'you think I've been stuck here? That stupid rule about

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-brothers and sisters.

-It's not stupid!

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Course it is! Nobody wants to take on two kids.

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If you go, I might stand a chance.

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-Otherwise we'll be stuck here for the rest of our lives.

-I don't care.

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Well, maybe I do!

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All right.

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It was a hard decision. But Johnny was sure it was

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the right thing to do.

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I didn't want her to go. Of course I didn't.

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But Child Services don't normally split up siblings.

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And...I was holding Tee back. And I wanted her to have a chance.

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We thought we'd see each other all the time, anyway.

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-You are going to visit?

-All the time, like Lulu does with her sisters.

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-You'll call every day?

-Of course.

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But once Tee got to the Watsons', things didn't work out

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the way Johnny had hoped.

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-Tee!

-Hi.

-How are you?

-Yeah, I'm OK.

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-I've been to get my new school uniform.

-You're moving schools?

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-You never told me.

-It'd be best if I went to the same school as Hannah.

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And then Mr Watson dropped the bombshell.

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-Hey, Johnny. How are you doing?

-All right.

-Good. Listen, Johnny,

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I wonder if you can do me a little favour.

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I've noticed that Tee spends a lot of time on the phone.

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-Yeah?

-I'm just wondering if that's the right thing for her.

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-I promised I'd call every day.

-Hey, of course!

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Look, you're a good brother.

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You're the one who really understands where Tee's coming from.

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I know your life together's been unsettled. Things have changed.

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Tee needs to feel secure.

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-She deserves a chance to settle down, don't you think?

-Course.

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So, if you could just help me out here. Johnny?

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Maybe try cutting down on the calls, eh? Just for the first...few weeks.

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OK.

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OK? Is that cool?

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Yeah.

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-Everything OK?

-Yeah, fine!

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That wasn't right. He shouldn't make me promise that.

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Why didn't you say something to us?

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Tee seemed to have got her life sorted out.

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With the big house and the ponies and that.

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I couldn't mess that up, cos the Watsons seemed to really like her.

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-So I kept quiet.

-How did that feel?

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I don't know. I felt...alone.

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Johnny was trying to do what he thought was best for his sister,

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though it wasn't best for him. He was trying to be a good brother.

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But he wasn't the only one feeling abandoned.

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PHONE RINGS

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-Hello, Elm Tree House?

-Hi, Tracy.

-Tee! How's it going?

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I'm great. We've been ice-skating, swimming,

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-and tonight we're going bowling.

-Aw, sounds good.

-Yeah.

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-So, how's Johnny?

-OK...he misses you.

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-Why doesn't he answer his phone?

-Doesn't he?

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-I've been calling and he won't pick up.

-Really?

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This didn't sound right.

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-Hey, Johnny. What are you doing?

-Game.

-I've got a better one.

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We're going bowling tonight.

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-Can I just stay here?

-No you can't.

-Er, give me that back!

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29 missed calls from Tee? What's going on?

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I'm just giving her some space.

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-Well, I don't think she wants space.

-Well, maybe I do.

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-Johnny, you've got to stop punishing yourself.

-I'm not.

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-Then why don't you call Tee?

-Because...Mr Watson asked me not to.

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-He did what?!

-And he's right! She's better off without me.

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I had to get Johnny and Tee talking, but Johnny refused to speak to Tee.

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If only they could bump into each other.

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Say, at a bowling alley? We needed a coincidence.

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So I arranged one.

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Come on, this is our lane!

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..two fingers left over for balance.

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-Tracy! Did you know about this?

-Coincidence.

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-Tee!

-Tee! Hi, honey! You all right?

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-I don't believe this!

-What are you doing here?

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Just go and talk to her.

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I told you. She's better off without me.

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Come on! Let's get bowling!

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-Wait. Where's Johnny?

-I don't know! He was here a minute ago.

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-Where are you going?

-To find Johnny.

-Can't you just forget about him?

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-No, he's my brother.

-He isn't acting like it.

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-Hannah.

-It's true! Tell them about last night.

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-It was nothing.

-Nothing? You cried all night.

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-Tee, why?

-Cos Johnny didn't call her.

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-Yeah? And why's that?

-Cos he doesn't care about you. Not like I do.

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Yes, he does. Tell them!

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Andrew, tell Tee the truth.

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Tee. Johnny didn't call you because...

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I told him not to.

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Why would you do that?

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Because we care about you very much.

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And we wanted you to settle down with us.

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We just thought you needed some stability.

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Everybody thinks they know what I need!

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-Why does no-one ever ask me?

-Tee!

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Splitting up Johnny and Tee was a rubbish idea.

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Sure, they got on each other's nerves and squabble.

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But nobody comes between them, and nobody keeps them apart.

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Not for long.

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So what have we learnt so far about brothers and sisters

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to put into my Survival Files?

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If YOU'VE got brothers and sisters you'll know that,

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like it or not, brothers and sisters aren't like friends.

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The connection is a special one.

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And because brothers and sisters know each other so well,

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things can get complicated.

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Whether it's World War Three on the table football pitch

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between Lol and Bouncer,

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or Tee and Johnny trying to do what's best.

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One minute, brothers and sisters can be inseparable buddies.

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Next, they're at each other's throats.

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Then before you know it, they're mates again.

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Sometimes it's hard to keep up.

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Bouncer and Lol. Tee and Johnny. We've seen major sibling shockwaves.

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But one family fall-out shook the Dumping Ground to its foundations.

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Nobody saw it coming.

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I remember the day the three Wellard kids arrived.

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Chantal, Rio and Roxy were scarily close.

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Well, they were scary in every way.

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If you take on my sister, you take on me too.

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-And me.

-We're a team.

-That's the way it's always been.

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But then one day cracks started to appear between the terrible trio.

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It all started with a delivery.

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-There's a parcel for Chantal.

-Who rules?

-Roxy rules.

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-Who'd send a Wellard a present?

-Bog off, Beaker.

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So, who had sent a present to Chantal?

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Roxy was desperate to find out.

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Open me! Open me!

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With the Wellards, the brother-sister thing was so strong

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that there wasn't room for anyone else in their world.

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"Dear Chantal, Have a lovely birthday. See you soon. Love, Dad."

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Not even for parents.

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And Roxy wanted to make sure it stayed that way.

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So she hid the package.

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But nothing stays secret in the Dumping Ground for long.

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What was in your parcel? The Cheats Annual? The Bumper Book of Cheats?

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-What parcel?

-It came in the post for you. I gave it to Roxy.

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There is one golden rule of being a Wellard.

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Wellards look after Wellards, no matter who gets hurt,

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as long as it isn't a Wellard.

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Wellards do not do the dirty on each other.

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They don't nick other Wellards' stuff.

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-Why did you steal the present my dad sent me?

-I...

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Is this why you gave me a hard time?

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-You're the one planning to meet your dad without telling us.

-No, I'm not!

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"See you soon. Lots of love, Dad."

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I thought we could trust each other. I was wrong.

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You're wrong if you think I'm ever going to speak to you again.

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You don't say anything to her either!

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You shouldn't have done it, Roxy.

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Who'd have thought it?

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The three-headed monster turned out to be human.

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Three separate humans, in fact.

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But it wouldn't last. The Wellards had no time for fighting.

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They were busy trying to achieve world domination.

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You know you've got it all wrong. Just cos my dad sends me a present

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-doesn't mean I'm interested in him.

-Honest?

-Honest.

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I gave him the boot, just like your dad.

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And just like I would with my dad. If I knew who he was.

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-I'm sorry.

-Me, too.

-Me, three.

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The problem was Roxy's jealousy.

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That can happen with brothers and sisters.

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If one gets the idea someone else is favourite...

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watch out.

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Once, Justine Littlewood had a bad case of sisterly jealousy.

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She never was good at sharing, but this was spectacular even for her.

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We, your dad and me... we're going to have a baby.

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Yep. She managed to become jealous before her brother was even born.

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Typical Justine, eh!

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She's having a baby of her own! She won't want me in the way.

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-Your dad?

-He'll do what Carrie wants. She doesn't want me.

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-You don't know that.

-Don't I? What happened to Tracy Beaker

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when her foster parents found out they were having a baby?

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She got dumped back in the Dumping Ground!

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Sorry. I didn't mean it. I was just...

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No, you're right. Babies suck.

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I knew what she was going through. I'd been there.

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Being dumped for a new baby hurts.

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Nobody deserves that. Not even Justine Littlewood.

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BURP!

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Go away. I don't want to hear your stupid excuses.

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I just wanted to show you something.

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This isn't any old baby.

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It's Justine Littlewood's little brother or sister.

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This baby connects us all.

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You, your dad, me. It makes us a family.

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And as soon as we get things properly organised, we want you to come home

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and stay with us for good.

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That's what I really came to tell you.

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Aww, how sweet. Of course, it didn't last.

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Justine's dad and step-mum kept going on about the baby,

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and it wasn't long before Justine was totally sick of it again.

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-D'you want the baby to be a boy or a girl?

-Who cares?

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You can't call a tiny little baby George! Tell him, Justine!

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Whatever!

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Did you know that one baby can create more washing than 10 adults?

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Stop talking about the stupid baby! I'm sick of baby, baby, baby!

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Hmmm. Difficult to tell which one the baby was in that family,

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when "big sister" is throwing her toys out of the pram like that!

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But, in the end she went to live with them.

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I wonder how it's working out.

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Imagine having Justine Littlewood as your big sister.

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They're probably fine. I bet they share dummies and everything.

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The truth is, being a big sister isn't easy,

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even for someone like me.

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I don't actually have a brother or a sister of my own.

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But when Lily moved in, I got a ready made sister overnight.

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Problem was, Lily had practice at being a sister.

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And I had to learn it all as I went along.

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It was great at first. But then it started to dawn on me

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that sisters have to share.

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Bathrooms, TV remotes and parents.

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I know you're really bored, love. Let's do something special today.

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Maybe I could go into the Dumping Ground with Tracy?

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-Good idea.

-What? Now? I've got to leave five minutes ago!

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Moving in with you and Cam has been the best thing in years.

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We thought you deserved a break.

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Thing is, it was going really well,

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and then you just started going really frosty.

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I know. I'm sorry.

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It was like you were punishing me. But I didn't know what for.

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Yeah. I know.

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OK, here's the thing. As an adult, I'm mature, sensible

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and sorted in pretty much every way.

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But when I had to share with Lily, I began to forget how to be grown up.

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You're never too old for sisterly jealousy!

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Hi, Tracy!

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Hi, Tracy!

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Hi, Tracy.

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Is that my new top?

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-Yeah, Cam said you wouldn't mind.

-Not a problem, is it?

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No, just don't get paint on it, OK?

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One new top. One reluctant lender. One girl in a wheelchair.

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One pot of pink paint.

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-Hiya.

-Hiya.

-Oh, nice top!

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-What you doing?

-I'll leave you to it.

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You'll never guess what happened next.

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What? Don't you like it?

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It's not that, it's just...this is Poppy and Rosie's room.

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-Not any more.

-Yeah, but you can't just paint us all out, Carmen.

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They don't live here and neither do you!

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Yeah, but it still feels like home.

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Lily, it was your choice to leave so don't have a go at me!

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-Look what you did!

-Oops.

-It's Tracy's, it's brand new!

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-It'll come out.

-You stupid mare!

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I thought my luck had changed. I thought I had this new start.

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And then it started going horribly wrong.

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You was being off with me. And then, Carmen wrecks your new top.

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I had to put things right.

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-Are you sure it'll work?

-100 per cent!

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Maybe use a bit more water. Oh, nightmare!

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-Why's it done that?

-Don't do it again!

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-She's so going to kill me!

-Nah, she'll probably laugh.

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-You're joking!

-It's only Tracy.

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Yeah, but she's been acting weird with me, lately.

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-Oh?

-I'm not sure she likes me being at Cam's.

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-Why?

-I don't know. I really don't.

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It's like...she hasn't got time for me.

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You made things so much worse! Why didn't you just tell me?

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You was in a mood with me. You'd go ballistic

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if you found out I'd wrecked your top! I had to try and cover it up!

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Is that my top?!

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-You just go into my room and help yourself?

-Yeah.

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-And then trashed it?!

-It was an accident!

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-We were washing it.

-I don't want to hear it!

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Don't have a go! She's moved into your flat and you're never there.

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She's all on her own, and you just want to go to work

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so you can buy new clothes.

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Carmen was right. So I thought about what she said,

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and took a good look at myself and my behaviour.

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Being a big sister turned out to be difficult.

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So I decided to try a bit harder.

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Look, Lily, I have been keeping out of your way.

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-Why?

-Because...this is going to sound so stupid,

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but there's no other way.

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-I was jealous. It's always been just me and Cam here.

-Oh, come here!

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-Sorry.

-Sorry about your top, too.

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Don't worry about it. I know you didn't mean anything bad by it.

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I kind of did, though.

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I thought if you were angry you might notice me.

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Well, you got that right! Trouble is,

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I've had no practice at being a sister.

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But I think I'm getting the hang of it.

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So, I messed up my first chance to be a big sister.

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But I learned from my mistakes.

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If you can do the same, things will usually work out OK in the end.

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So what's the low-down on brothers and sisters

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to upload into my Survival Files?

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Sometimes siblings can be annoying, sometimes they can be brilliant.

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They can be both at the same time. Ask Johnny and Tee.

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Love them or hate them,

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there's no denying it's a relationship like no other.

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The way the Wellards look out for each other is proof of that.

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When brothers and sisters fall out, it can be massive,

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like with Bouncer and Lol. That sort of thing happens pretty often.

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Because when brothers and sisters are close, they can be competitive.

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In fact, it happens so often it has its own name...sibling rivalry.

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But your siblings are there for the long run,

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so it's worth making up.

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It's great to have someone who really knows you,

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and who'll always be there for you,

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especially in a place like the Dumping Ground.

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So that's the Beaker guide to brothers and sisters

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safely uploaded to the Tracy Beaker Survival Files.

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More gems of wisdom next time.

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Another session of unmissable advice from big sister Tracy.

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Remember, I've been through this so you don't have to.

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