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


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My name is Tracy Beaker and these are my survival files,

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your essential guide to the ups and downs of growing up.

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-Tracy!

-Tracy!

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Life in the dumping ground has taught me a lot about stuff.

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-Tracy Beaker!

-Scary stuff.

-THEY SCREAM

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Complicated stuff.

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And stuff that can make you want to scream.

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SHE SCREAMS

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If you can cope with the stuff that goes down here,

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

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first as a kid and now it's where I work.

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I've learnt 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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Pay attention, I've lived through all this so you don't have to.

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On the Tracy Beaker Survival Files this time - secrets,

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the stuff we don't want other people to know about

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and the stuff that other people know that we wish we knew.

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We all have secrets, things we like to keep private,

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things we don't want other people to find out about.

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Sometimes they can be nice things, like a surprise party.

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-ALL: Surprise!

-Or maybe a secret present,

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-like the bench we made in memory of Frank's granddad.

-What's that?

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"Eric Beverley Matthews, 1931-2010.

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"Frank's granddad who took him fishing

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"and gave him a pocket watch."

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Or they can be a bit random.

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Crash once spent ages locked away with lots of empty baked bean cans.

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What on Earth was he doing?

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Secretly making a space rocket, that's what.

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Ready? Go!

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ALL: Yay! Woo-hoo!

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But secrets can be much more serious.

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Once, Lol got the hump about secret staff meetings.

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He was convinced the care workers were planning something terrible.

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So, he started bugging them.

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You bugged the progress report meeting?

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Full marks for craftiness, minus 50 million for dullness.

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-Tracy, Nathan was wearing a suit.

-So?

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It was an important meeting, they have lots.

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They could decide to, I don't know, split me and Bouncer up.

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Oh, no Bouncer! No-one for Lol to hide behind.

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With Amber getting mysterious phone calls from Cam,

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who's to say they weren't talking about you three as well?

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Us three?

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I began to think that maybe he was right.

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For a start, something was going on between Cam and Amber.

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-Mysterious phone conversations.

-Cam's on the phone.

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-She phones at the most awkward times.

-It's not for you. Amber.

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Maybe she's decided to foster someone who's less of a pain.

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THEY LAUGH

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-Hi, Cam! Bye, Tracy.

-'And then, even worse.'

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-Oh, Tracy...

-Shall we go to my room?

-'Secret visits.'

-Yeah, OK.

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Cam and me never keep secrets from each other. What was going on?

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I was desperate to listen to the secret tape Lol had recorded,

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but like most of Lol's scams, his bugging plan went seriously wrong.

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Missing something?

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-But...? What did...? How did...?

-You can't be a good spy if you can't

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spot when you're being spied on. Later, dudes.

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Have you just been out-scammed by Amber? 'What a nightmare!

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'Now Amber had secret info about the Dumping Ground and everyone in it.'

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-Hey, kids. Want to listen to this?

-Yeah.

-For a small fee.

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-BOTH:

-We're not interested.

-Fair enough.

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If you don't want to hear about which blonde person is so helpful

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that the staff aren't trying too hard to find foster parents for her.

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Or which person's dad, who just got married,

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may be getting divorced again.

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Or which member of staff whose name rhymes with Penny

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may be off to a new care home in New York.

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And very soon Amber got the reaction she had been looking for.

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-Could you help me with the washing up?

-You'd love that!

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"Get Louise to do it, she never complains." I'm tired of it!

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Are things really OK, Dad? I mean really, really?

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You're not having any arguments?

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What do you mean the normal kind?!

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One miserable Dumping Ground with one very bad atmosphere,

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and it was worst of all for Lol -

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partly because he was the muppet who let Amber get the tape,

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but mostly because he was worried about what the staff

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had planned for him and Bouncer.

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What if they decide to split us up? Send us to different homes?

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Where has this daft idea suddenly come from?

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You can't split up Lol and Bouncer, they're a team.

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Still, I think it will do them good in the long run.

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I mean, to be fair, they're too old to be sharing a room.

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Lol got the wrong end of the stick, but we didn't know that.

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We were desperate to learn all the Dumping Ground secrets.

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-'The issue of stationery...'

-When we managed to play the tape,

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we were on the edge of our seats, ready for revelations...

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'Ordering the right amount of paper...

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REWINDS TAPE

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'The amount of tea we usually expect at the end of the month...'

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Is that it?

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Yeah. Fascinating, stationery and teabags.

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The tape confirmed what we knew - Elaine was a gold medallist

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in the Olympics of boring.

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I've had enough of this!

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We had too much information, and all of it dull.

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We just needed some straight answers.

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Are me and Lol being split up and sent to different care homes?

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-What? Of course not!

-Thank you.

-You're not going to New York?

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-I most certainly am not.

-But you've got relatives there.

-Yep, exactly.

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They were all OK then, but what about the secret plans Cam and Amber

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-had been making behind my back?

-KNOCKING

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-Hi, Tracy. Are you busy?

-Too busy to talk to you.

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I'm making a list - reasons to foster Amber. She won't mess up

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your kitchen, cos she doesn't know what it's for. You could laugh

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at one another's rubbish hairdos.

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You think I want to foster Amber?

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You know that before Amber came here she used to run away a lot?

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That's what I was talking to her about.

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-For an article, about runaways.

-An article? Is that all?

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SHE GROWLS

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I knew it would be something like that all along.

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So, as it turned out, there was nothing to be scared of.

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The secrets weren't as bad as we feared.

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In fact, some of them were brilliant.

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-What's that?

-Just a little chat the staff had about you,

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-after we told them about you.

-We tried the tape recorder again,

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-with someone sensible in charge.

-Did it work?

-Like a dream.

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-I don't believe you.

-That's not our problem.

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-There's a great bit about her imaginary friend.

-Give me that!

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We've all got stuff we don't want other people to know,

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stuff that doesn't fit with the image we want to show to the world.

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Amber likes to think of herself as hard, but her imaginary pal,

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Mr Snuggles, proves that even Amber has her soft side.

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Mr Snuggles was never going to stay under the radar forever.

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Nothing here stays secret for long.

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And especially when Gus is on the case. That boy misses nothing.

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He writes it all down in his notebooks, too,

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as Frank and Liam discovered.

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Look!

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Gus's notebook?

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Gus was away for a few days and they got the job of cleaning his bedroom.

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He sees everything that goes on in this place, and he don't lie.

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Have you seen this? Gina's husband calls her Snuggle Bum. What's wrong?

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But some of the secrets in Gus's notebooks were no laughing matter.

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'June 6th. I went to the shopping centre with Liam and Frank.

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'The burger smell made Frank's tummy gurgle,

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'but we had no money,

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-'so Liam said, "Let's do the dive." '

-He wrote about the dive!

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'We looked in the bin and found some chips. Then Liam said, "Jackpot!"

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-'Then Frank said, "Sweet as." '

-Sweet as.

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'He did not say sweet as what.

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'Liam pointed out a man and Frank said, "Yes, that one." '

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Gus's notebooks don't lie.

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And after they had faithfully promised Mike

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their burger diving days were over, too!

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-What are you two doing?

-Just tidying Gus's room.

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And reading his private notebooks while you're at it?

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Give them to me, come on. Come on!

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Thank you. All of them.

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Right. I want you to tidy Gus's room before he gets back, right?

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We need them pages otherwise we're in serious trouble.

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Gina, when you got your mitts on Gus's notebooks,

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wasn't the idea to confiscate them so no-one would read them?

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That's right. Gus's notebooks are very important to him.

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We didn't want the other young people to invade his privacy.

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But it was OK for you to have a good nosy?

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It's important that we understand what is going on in Gus's head.

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You know, he may have had concerns he felt he couldn't raise with us.

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-It's our duty of care.

-Duty of care or duty of snooping?

-Tracy.

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That's disgusting!

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-Looks interesting.

-Yes. I was just about to lock these in the office.

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Good idea. Listen, why don't I do that for you?

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You can get started on dinner.

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Mike, as Gina had already done your "duty of care",

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did you need to read the notebooks, too?

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Well, something you learn with experience is to have two pairs

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-of eyes across something is highly beneficial.

-Oh, highly beneficial.

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Oh, Mike, how could you?

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I'm sorry, I couldn't put it down.

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Did you know that Gus has pie charts of your monthly biscuit consumption?

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No, but I read about the top ten excuses

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for your silent but deadlies.

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Oh, no, Gus is mistaken. We've had a problem with the drains.

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A problem with the drains! AKA, excuse number four.

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Everyone faithfully promised they would leave Gus's notebooks alone.

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Yeah, sure they would.

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# Take out the papers and the trash... #

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It all got sorted. Gus's books were for Gus's eyes only.

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Although, I did spot a little bit of misleading information.

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So, um, I got rid of it.

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# ..Let's see that dust fly with that broom

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# Get all that garbage out of sight

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# Or you don't go out Friday night

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# Yakety-yak, don't talk back. #

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It's important to respect the kids' property,

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so I kept the notebooks safe until Gus returned.

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Apart from that one page, which I destroyed for good staff relations.

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# ..Let's see that dust fly with that broom

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# Get all that garbage out of sight

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# Or you don't go out Friday night Yakety-yak, don't talk back. #

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Phew, that was us off the hook... we thought.

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Someone's been reading my notebooks!

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-You've got to hand it to him, that boy misses nothing.

-Um...

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I'm sorry. We moved the books when we were cleaning out your room.

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Yeah, but you didn't have to read them.

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-Or tear pages out.

-Someone tore pages out?

-What pages were torn out?

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Book four, pages seven and eight.

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-Frank bumped into a man to get money.

-You've been burger diving again!

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Right. That's it!

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You are finally and totally banned from the shopping centre.

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-You can't do that!

-No, not fair!

-Not fair? You two have committed fraud!

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Mike is letting you off lightly.

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Also book three, page 16, Gina's actual dress size.

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-THEY LAUGH

-That's enough, Gus.

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Also, book two, page seven.

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Mike spilled coffee on Gina's laptop and blamed us kids.

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It was an accident.

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Gus, we're all really, really sorry.

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The four of them had let Gus down by prying into his secrets.

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How long would it take before he could trust anyone again?

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Next time you want to read my private notebooks, just ask me.

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Oh, as it happens, it took about two seconds.

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Gus has probably got the right idea.

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Keeping a secret in the Dumping Ground

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is pretty much impossible.

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So, what have we learned about secrets so far to put

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into my survival files?

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Secrets are a big part of life, whether it's nice secrets

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like planning a surprise party or less nice stuff,

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like the secrets Amber pretended she knew.

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Secrets work both ways.

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We all have things we want to keep private.

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But most of us can't wait to find out other people's secrets.

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We all have a nosy streak, especially at the Dumping Ground.

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I can't tell you who I think is the nosiest of the lot, it's a secret.

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All I can say is their names rhyme with "bike" and "Mina".

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This may seem obvious, but the big thing about a secret is that

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once everyone knows it, it isn't a secret any more.

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Some secrets are harder to keep than others.

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-Come on, Frank.

-Pass the ball.

-Take this, for example.

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It started with a game of football.

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-SIRENS WAIL

-What was that?

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Little did the players know what was coming next,

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that the Dumping Ground was about to be hit by...

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..the biggest, most troublesome secret the place had ever known!

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SIRENS WAIL

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Whoa! So, what should the boys do?

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We can't just take it, that would be stealing.

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Finders keepers, losers weepers.

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-That's the law.

-You don't actually think that's a law?

-The point is,

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the guy is a crook, so we deserve it more than him, right?

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But what if he comes back?

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Good point. Let's get this stuff inside, come on.

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'Step one was getting the stash safely inside

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'without anyone noticing.'

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-Liam, wait!

-'Which was trickier than you might think.'

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-Hi, Tracy.

-Hi.

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-Ah!

-Toby, are you all right?

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-Ow!

-What happened?

-Ow!

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-Toby, are you OK?

-Yeah, I'm fine.

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'Because the harder you try to be sneaky, the more likely

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'you are to attract the attention of anyone who happens to be watching.'

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-What's in the bag, Toby?

-Get out!

-No, I want to know what's in the bag.

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So do I. Come on, let's see.

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Yeah, a massive bag of money.

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You can see why they wanted to keep it quiet.

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Trouble is, Carmen knew. I mean, she isn't exactly MI5 material.

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I can't believe he said that. I CAN keep secrets.

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As long as nobody asks me directly. Then I find it really hard.

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It's too risky, we don't even know where the money came from.

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Did Carmen really think that stealing

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hundreds of thousands of pounds would be easy?

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Sure enough, the Dumping Ground soon got some unwelcome visitors.

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Can you come down, please? House meeting.

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-Now?

-Right now.

-But we were just going out. Can't we do this later?

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Don't ask me, ask the police.

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The police?

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Something was up with the kids that day, but what?

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I just couldn't quite put my finger on it.

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-How much money are we talking about exactly?

-We really can't say.

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-Like a grand? More than a grand?

-Recovering the money is a priority.

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-More than a grand?

-But our first priority is to keep you safe.

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-Safe from what?

-I don't want to frighten you,

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but there are some very dangerous people looking for this money.

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-It's all right, Carmen, don't be scared.

-It's OK, I'm not.

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See what I mean about Carmen and secrets?

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Whenever she tries to keep something quiet,

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it's like she's on a mission to spread the news to the world.

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Present!

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Thanks, Carm. I love it.

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Thank you.

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-What's with the stuff?

-Oh, just replacements,

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you know, for the stuff that got nicked at Berrywood. Lily, no!

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-You found the money, didn't you?

-What money?

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The money the police were looking for. Gina told me everything.

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-I don't know what you mean.

-So, it's not in the usual place?

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The usual place?

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No, don't! That's my money! Lily!

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I wanted to tell Lily about the money, she's my best friend.

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But I knew the others would go mad if I did.

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I never thought Carmen would lie to me. It just shows what money can do.

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Do want to know a secret? I'm really glad she found out.

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I was a bit sad that Carmen didn't tell me,

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but we didn't fall out over it. Not like everyone else.

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-All right, everyone gets their fair share, agreed?

-No.

-Agreed.

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-I think I should get some.

-And Jeff.

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Good, we'll do it according to age. The older you are, the more you get.

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-No way!

-That's not fair. No offence, but who put you in charge?

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Well, if you want Mike and Gina to figure out we've got it,

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you carry on spending. We'll know who to blame then, won't we?

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Bet you wish you had shared with me now.

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# Money, money, money makes the world go round

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# Money, money, money, money, money... #

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This secret had grown too big. It was tearing the place apart.

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Once I found out about it, I told the kids they had no choice.

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We had to put an end to this secret once and for all.

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But once it was out there, it was a weight off everyone's shoulders.

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It must've been quite a relief to not have to keep it secret any more.

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Relief? I was gutted.

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Really gutted.

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Really, really gutted.

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Yeah, they say that, but they were relieved really.

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Why is that, do you think?

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We all knew secretly if we kept something that wasn't ours

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we would get into massive trouble in the end.

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-What's this?

-It's a long story.

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There you go, another Dumping Ground secret that didn't stay secret

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very long. That's this place for you.

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Although, it's not true every single time.

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There was one secret that did get kept very well here, maybe too well.

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If I hadn't happened to be looking for Liam's file that time,

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it might have stayed secret to this day.

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I was gobsmacked.

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Randomly stuffed there at the bottom of a filing cabinet,

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was a letter from my mum that had obviously been there for years.

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'This is what I've been waiting for for most of my childhood.

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'I never understood why my mum hadn't been in touch

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'and now it turned out the big secret was that she had.'

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She's my mum, you have to give me her address!

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It's for your own good, Tracy.

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Grown-ups always say that when they won't tell you the truth.

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I want to get out of this dump, and you're trying to stop me!

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-I'm not!

-I was looking for my mum's address.

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I want to write to her and tell her that I'm back here

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and get her to come and get me.

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She knows you're here - Elaine wrote to her.

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But if I write to her, she'll know it's urgent.

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I'm sorry, Tracy, it's just not possible.

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How can you keep a child from her mother?

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Don't blame me if my behavioural problems get any worse!

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And here it all was, everything I had been looking for

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all those years, just sitting there in the office.

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So much for "there are no secrets in the Dumping Ground."

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They certainly kept this quiet.

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We did what we thought was best at the time.

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-It's a letter from my birth mum!

-Yes, saying that she might visit.

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And she always let you down before.

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Cam and I thought it was best not to show you

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until we had some confirmation.

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-Cam knew about this?

-Well, yes, but...

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This just got worse. Cam knew, too, after she promised me

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there'd be no secrets between us.

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I couldn't believe that she could be so two-faced,

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and for such a long time.

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Why are you bringing this up? This is five years old.

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-I thought you knew.

-If I knew about it, I'd have said something.

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Well, we were trying to protect you.

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And we were right. She never even applied for visiting rights.

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You should have told me.

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At least I'd have known she was thinking about me.

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I'm sorry. It felt like the right thing to do at the time.

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What other secrets have you kept from me?

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Have I got a dad somewhere out there I don't know about?

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I was in a state of shock. Who could I trust?

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Who else had been lying to me?

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I knew it was best to keep calm

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until I worked out what to do about it.

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I quit!

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# Keep on running

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# Keep on hiding... #

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Yep, keep calm and work out my next move.

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That's what I needed to do,

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but what I did do was shout my mouth off and storm out.

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Big mistake. As soon as I calmed down,

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I realised I didn't really want to lose my job after all.

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-Mike, I'm really sorry about earlier.

-It's OK.

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No, it's not OK. I made a mistake, I want to stay.

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'But was I in for a nasty shock.'

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-I'm sorry, Tracy, it's not that simple.

-But...

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Look, I don't think that you made a mistake, I think I did.

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The whole business with the letter showed me just how hard it is

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for you to come back.

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I shouldn't have said you could come and work here.

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This didn't look good.

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I didn't know who I could trust any more and now I'd lost my job.

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Perfect. But then, the king of secrets, Gus, stepped in.

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-He had been making one of his lists.

-Things Tracy has done right.

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"Rosie says Tracy makes her laugh.

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"Lily says Tracy is the only other person Poppy lets tie her shoelaces.

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"Sapphire says Tracy was rude to a boy who phoned her.

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"She says that's a good thing.

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"Liam says he likes it with Tracy here

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"cos he's not the only one causing trouble."

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-That might have been a joke.

-Jeff likes Tracy, Gus.

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-"Tee says Tracy..."

-Thanks, Gus, thanks.

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I have 11 more things Tracy has done right on my list.

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That's OK, I think I've got your point.

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Now, why don't you leave us alone? Please. Tracy and I need to talk.

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It seems like the kids want you to stay.

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If you do, you are making a huge commitment to these children.

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You can't keep letting them down.

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I won't, I promise.

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I know I've got to stop living in the past and move on.

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He was right, you know? No more secrets,

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no more obsessing about my birth mother.

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ALL: Yay!

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This was a time for a fresh start, with people I knew cared about me.

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Everyone here is my family, and that's no secret.

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I don't care if the whole world knows that.

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So, the truth is out there.

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I'm sharing everything I know about secrets with the lot of you

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by uploading it to my survival files.

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And there's a lot to take in.

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We all have secrets. Some people can keep them for years,

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while others find it hard not to blurt it all out.

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I think the best secrets are the happy kind,

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like secretly organising a surprise party.

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But others can cause much more upset,

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like the big bag of money that had everyone fighting for a share.

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Deciding whether to keep something secret or not can be a tough

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decision, like it was for Mike and Cam with the letter from my mum.

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Do remember, though, secrets can soon lose all their power.

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If everyone tells just one person, before very long, everyone knows.

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And a secret that everyone knows, isn't a secret at all.

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So, that's the Beaker Guide To Secrets safely uploaded

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to the Tracy Beaker Survival Files.

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More gems of wisdom from my experiences next time.

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There's no need to keep that to yourself, tell all your friends.

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

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# Secrets, we walk in the sun

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# We've got secrets You can't come with us

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# Cos our secrets are not for everyone

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# Secrets are not for everyone. #

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