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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.

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Scary stuff.

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THEY SCREAM

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Complicated stuff. Stuff that can make you want to scream.

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SCREAMING

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If you can cope with the stuff that happens here,

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you can cope with almost anything.

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I've spent most of my life here. First, as a kid,

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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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On The Tracy Beaker Survival Files this time...

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What makes us frightened? Why do we love a good scare?

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And how to conquer our biggest fears.

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Cam once told me, the only thing we have to fear is fear itself.

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If so, we should be terrified,

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cos the world is full of wusses. Take a look at this lot.

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THEY SCREAM

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HE SCREAMS

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Some people are scared of everything.

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But if that's you, don't despair. I'm here to help.

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ALL: Oooooh! Toby!

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HE SCREAMS

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Everyone knows I don't scare easy. Not everyone's as fearless as me.

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Some people are frightened of the smallest things.

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Like toys.

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THEY SCREAM

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-SHE SCREAMS

-Or maggots.

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THEY SCREAM

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SHE SCREAMS A giant spider!

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'Or spiders.'

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Oh, flush it down the plughole!

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Killing a spider's bad luck.

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Ohh!

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Don't be such a baby. It's just a tiny little... Urgh!

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'What a big fuss over a teensy, harmless creature.'

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IT GROWLS

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It's OK. I will deal with it.

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'Time for a calm, collected adult to take charge.'

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-Get it out! Get rid of it!

-It's so hairy! It's huge as well.

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It's probably made a huge web in the plughole.

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SHE SCREAMS

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Don't get too close, it can move really fast.

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SHE CLEARS THROAT

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SHE SCREAMS

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# You can get it if you really want

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# You can get it if you really want

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# You can get it if you really want

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# But you must try

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# Try and try, try and try... #

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Get the door!

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# Try and try

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# You'll succeed at last. #

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Were you scared?

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No, of course she wasn't.

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I... No. And do you know why?

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When I touched it, I realised it was all in the mind.

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And it just tickled.

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Spiders are at the top of the list of things

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that I'm absolutely in no way scared of.

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But what scares the young people in the Dumping Ground?

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What scares me? Nothing much, really.

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Well, I don't exactly like being alone in the dark.

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Or the funny noises at night.

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I hate when really big dogs jump up at you.

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Or screechy fireworks.

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What scares me?

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-SHE LAUGHS

-Nothing scares me.

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And it's really scary in the take-off bit in a plane. And landing.

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And pretty much just sitting there in between.

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The thought that we might never get fostered,

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and be stuck here forever, that's scary.

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Rats, mice, hedgehogs...

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What frightens me is the thought of not seeing my sisters again.

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So, yeah. Not a lot, really. Sorry about that.

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Oh, and one more thing, werewolves.

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Werewolf attack! There's a werewolf outside!

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# A-woo! Werewolves of London

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# A-woo! #

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You think we don't get many werewolves here? Think again.

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IT GROWLS

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# A-woo!... #

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SHE SCREAMS

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-That's it. That's what I saw.

-A werewolf? You saw a werewolf?

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Werewolves don't exist, do they?

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They might. There's been legends about them for centuries.

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Usually, they appear when there's a full moon.

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There's a full moon tonight. But werewolves don't exist.

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Well, they do cos I saw one.

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Providing three square meals a day for the kids,

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coping with endless paperwork and dealing with werewolves.

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All part of your average day as a care worker.

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Of course there's no such thing as werewolves.

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But once that lot get an idea in their heads, you try shifting it.

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Did you see it then?

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Had it transformed back into human form?

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There is something outside... the garden!

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But Mike was wrong. There was something out there.

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And it was coming inside...

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..up the stairs...

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..looking for someone.

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It went into Sapph's room.

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Hi, sis.

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-Riff?

-I'm knackered.

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Riff, what are you doing here?

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-I needed to talk to you.

-In a werewolf mask?

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So the werewolf was Sapphire's brother Riff

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who had come to see her wearing a funny mask.

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If you confront what scares you,

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it's probably not as scary as you thought.

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It's often what you don't know or can't see that scares you most.

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Louise? Louise, where are you?

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For instance, when I was a kid,

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my mate Jackie had this massive phobia of the dark.

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Oooooooh!

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ALL: Oooooooh!

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So for Jackie, power cuts were a big deal.

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Ooooooh!

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She hated them. Really hated them.

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-SHE SCREAMS

-You gave me the fright of my life!

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-It's not funny.

-You're really scared of the dark.

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I'm not scared of anything. Leave me alone.

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-If that's what you want, stay alone.

-Wait! Don't go!

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I mean, I wouldn't mind if you wanted to stay.

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OK, it's true. I am scared of the dark. Especially since I came here.

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It wasn't so bad when I lived with Grandpa.

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He would read me these amazing stories until I fell asleep.

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ALL: Oooooooh!

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Zzzzap!

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'Without her grandpa, Jackie needed help to conquer her fear.

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'Luckily, I was on hand to sort her out.'

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-Darkness has potential, you know?

-Potential for what?

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Mucking about, stuff like that.

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Hmm, there's a few things we'll be needing from the attic.

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'Once I'd explained my plan to Jackie

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'and she saw how brilliant it was,

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'she knew we had to go through with it.'

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WIND BLOWS

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Tracy, I'm going to go on my own.

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But you can't. It's too spooky.

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It's OK, I want to do this, prove something to myself.

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-Good luck.

-Thanks.

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You do know what to get, don't you?

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'And so it was time for Jackie to face her fears.'

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WIND WHISTLES

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CREAKING

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You can do it. You can do it. You can...

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SHE GASPS

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Come on, Jackie. You can do it!

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I did it!

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I would've gone up the spooky stairs to the creepy, dark attic myself

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but Jackie needed to get over her phobia, and I'm glad I could help.

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It went so well, we gave Shelly and Duke a chance to face up to fear.

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-It's very quiet.

-Wonderful, isn't it?

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I suppose we could go and sit down until they get bored.

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We could. Well, they are enjoying themselves, aren't they?

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THEY SCREAM

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THEY LAUGH

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THEY MOAN

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What's going on?

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'When I say darkness has potential for mucking about,

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'you'd better believe it.'

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THEY LAUGH

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Well, who did it?

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-Not me.

-It wasn't us.

-You've got to be careful.

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You never know what's waiting to get you.

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THEY LAUGH

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Here's something weird.

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Most people seem to find the world scary.

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So why go out of our way to make it even scarier?

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The cellar was dark and cold. The little girl shivered with fear,

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as she heard a drip, drip, drip...

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Was it blood or a leaking pipe?

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She sensed she wasn't alone,

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as a cold, bony hand reached out and grabbed her.

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SHE SCREAMS

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The big question is, why this obsession

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with giving ourselves the heebie-jeebies?

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Why do we like scaring each other so much? Let's hear from some experts.

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It's a laugh, isn't it?

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Getting a big reaction off people.

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-Aaargh!

-Wah!

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HE LAUGHS

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Never get bored with that one.

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-Raaar!

-Frank!

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All that playing tricks, scaring people, carrying on,

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I can do without it...

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BOTH: Raaaar! HE SCREAMS

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..most of the time. SHE LAUGHS

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Gus, why do you think we like scaring each other?

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Some people enjoy scaring other people.

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Other people enjoy being scared by other people.

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Some people enjoy both. I don't understand why.

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HE LAUGHS

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-You trying to scare me?

-Why would I want to do that?

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What can I do for you?

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Toby and Frank told Liam that there was a tin of sweets,

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so he opened it and a scary face with glitter popped out.

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What made that scary?

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The fact that he was expecting it to be full of sweets

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and instead something jumped out and surprised him.

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-So, surprises are scary?

-Yeah, they can be.

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-Boo!

-Why did you do that?

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I don't know.

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So what have we learnt

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about fear to upload to the Tracy Beaker Survival Files?

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Three big discoveries, I'd say.

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One - most people have a fear but what frightens them

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can be different, depending on the person.

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It might be the dark or werewolves.

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It could even be spiders.

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Imagine that, being scared of spiders!

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Two - it's important to conquer those fears,

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by facing up to what scares you.

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And three - don't let your imagination run away with you.

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What you think is a terrifying beast

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may just be a stray teenager with dodgy taste in headwear.

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CAMERA BEEPS

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As we've seen, it can be fun to be scared.

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When I was a kid, we made a horror movie.

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It was seriously disturbing. In a good way.

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Here we go.

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'We're in a very scary place...

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'Tracy sees something.

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'It's the monster. It's gruesome and it smells really bad.

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'What are we going to do now?

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'Tracy's now reaching out towards the monster...

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'Raaaar!' THEY SCREAM

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-Goodnight!

-THEY SCREAM

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'Yeah, it was a cinematic triumph.

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'But, that night, everyone's imaginations were running riot.'

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-I want to go to the toilet.

-Louise!

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Can you come with me?

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DOOR CREAKS

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'Louise and Justine were totally spooked...'

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FLOORBOARD CREAKS

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'..but not me.'

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Oooooh!

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Wah-ha-ha-ha!

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THUNDER CLAP

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Wah-ha-ha-ha!

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SHE GASPS

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Tracy Beaker, Ghostbuster.

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ALL: Woooooo!

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SHE YELLS

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'Told you, I never did scare easy.

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'I strode fearlessly down the corridor.

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'And then I saw this ghoulish goo scarily dripping onto the floor.'

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SHE SCREAMS

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THEY SCREAM

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'But once again, there was a perfectly simple explanation.'

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THEY ALL SCREAM

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Great!

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First I get sent to a dump.

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Then it's full of complete nutters.

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DOOR SLAMS

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There you go. It wasn't alien goo from another world.

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It was hair gel from a new girl called Amber.

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Though I reckon Amber could've scared off most aliens.

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It's not just kids who get scared.

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Grown-ups get freaked out too. Even ones who maybe should know better.

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OK, Cam. My question to you is,

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think of a time you were really scared.

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Ooh, that's a good question.

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Do you remember that camping trip?

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That was sort of scary.

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Why are you looking at me like that?

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OK, here's why.

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The kids were all on a camping trip in the middle of nowhere.

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But Cam promised me a special surprise.

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I thought we were off on the holiday of a lifetime.

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-Please tell me where we're going.

-Hmmm.

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STARTS ENGINE

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You can open your eyes now.

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Tracy! Surprise!

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-You are not serious!

-What?

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Camping with Elaine the Pain! Why?

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I thought you'd love a holiday with your friends.

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You always say you miss them.

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I've spent my whole life trying to escape.

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This is my worst nightmare ever!

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Sorry we're such a pain.

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'It was like a bad dream. Not so much in a scary way,

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'more in a "can I really believe this is happening to me?"

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'kind of way.'

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BLOWS WHISTLE

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'And then... Oh, joy! Elaine took us on a nature trail.'

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Wild peacocks!

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They're pheasants, Elaine.

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THEY LAUGH

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Tick it off then... On page 19, I think.

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It shows you, we've all got our limits.

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I've coped with spiders, ghosts, haunted attics, aliens, werewolves.

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But Elaine the Pain's nature trail was too for me.

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And that must be a sycamore or it could be... Ahhh!

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THEY LAUGH

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'It was rubbish.

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'We all took our chances and started sneaking off in small groups.

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'And that's when things got... interesting.'

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Keep together, everyone. Where's Layla and Rio?

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One minute they were here, the next they'd completely disappeared.

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Don't you know about these woods? It was in all the papers.

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People go in but they don't come out.

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Much more interesting. But not exactly in a good way.

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HOWLING

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'It didn't bother me, of course.'

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HOWLING

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'But I was worried about the others. Especially Cam,

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'lost in the woods, alone.'

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Remember all that strange, ghostly howling?

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-You must have been terrified.

-Oh, come on, Tracy.

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It takes more than a few weird noises to scare me.

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HOWLING

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SHE GASPS

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So, you weren't scared at all? Right.

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I wasn't! You were the one that got just a bit petrified.

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THUNDERCLAP

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CREAKING

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HOWLING

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THUNDERCLAP

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As it turned out, there was no reason to be scared. Not that I was.

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Cam got that wrong, her memory's not what it used to be.

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-Did you hear that noise?

-Yeah, but I wasn't scared.

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-Nothing scares me.

-Except coming on holiday with us.

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The so-called monster was just Crash and Jackie. Or so I thought.

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WAILING

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-Ah! I don't like it!

-Where's it coming from?

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SHE SCREAMS

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Your mind can play tricks on you.

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It's important to step back and look at the situation

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sensibly and rationally. So I did.

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-Are you OK?

-No!

-Maybe we're letting our imaginations take over.

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Maybe it was an old woman out for a walk.

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-In a long, hooded cloak?

-Maybe she feels the cold.

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This is like the film where the tourists get lost in the forest.

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-Do they get home safely?

-No. They get eaten by zombies.

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It will take more than zombies to scare me.

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Zombies and spooky old women are no match for me.

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Only one thing got to me that day, thinking Cam was in danger.

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-SCREAMING

-Help!

-That's Cam!

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-It's coming from that creepy place.

-Cam!

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-What if it's a trap set by that spooky old woman?

-Cam's in trouble.

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PANTING

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Thank goodness! I thought I'd never see you again.

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I'm fine. I just sprained my ankle.

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You must have been so relieved when I saved you.

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-Saved me from what?

-Uh, yourself?

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Face it, you were so scared you managed to hurt your ankle.

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-Lucky it wasn't much worse.

-Excuse me!

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You didn't stop shaking till we got back to camp!

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-It's a shame how time plays tricks on the minds of the elderly.

-Tracy!

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Where did you get to?

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-You disappeared, I thought something had happened to you.

-Found him.

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Me? I was fine. These two found it a bit freaky though.

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Wolfy, Lol and Bouncer seemed to be having a great time

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when I saw them earlier. Lol had a blanket round him

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-and Wolfy had your red jumper.

-I'll kill them!

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Yet again, there was a rational explanation.

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It was all down to some of my friends.

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But, sometimes, bad things do happen,

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which is why real life is much scarier than noises in the woods.

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Take Toby. He'd had a really tough time.

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His parents died.

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And then a lot of other bad stuff happened.

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Watch it, bad-luck boy!

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So poor old Tobes was always waiting for the next disaster.

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Perfect!

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THEY LAUGH

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I'll do you another one.

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What's the point? I told you, from the day I was born, I'm jinxed.

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It wasn't just bad stuff he was scared of. But good stuff too.

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In case it turned bad as well.

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'When he got the news that every care kid longs for,

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'that someone wanted to foster him, all it did was make him sad.'

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You look like you'd rather get fostered by crocodiles.

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-Gina was saying they're nice.

-Yeah.

-What's wrong?

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It's bound to go horribly wrong.

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He's a great lad. And you can't blame him for fearing the worst.

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He's had more than his fair share of tough times.

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There's no such thing as jinxes, curses or bad omens.

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That's what you think.

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It's just something to blame when bad things happen. It's not real.

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Living with the Scotts could be real.

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So were my mum and dad.

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HE CRIES

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It's difficult. When a kid's already seen their worst fears come true,

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how can you tell him not to be scared?

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I'd say the best thing is to be there if he needs a shoulder to cry on.

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Which is what you did.

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Toby, listen. Nothing will ever bring your mum and dad back

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but if they could see you now, they'd want you to be happy.

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To give the Scotts a chance.

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Whatever happens in life, mostly it's up to us.

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Not chance or fate or whatever.

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Don't miss out on the good because you're scared of the bad.

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Come on.

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He needed to face up to his past, to make decisions about the future.

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And he had a huge decision to make when he met the Scotts.

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We thought you might like a new CD.

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We hope you like it.

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-We're not sure what you like.

-Thanks. The thing is...

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Maybe one day we'll get to find out.

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The thing is, I've been really nervous about meeting you

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in case it all goes wrong.

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But Tracy said I should go for what I really want.

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And I realised something massive...

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..I don't want to get fostered.

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-Come on, Toby.

-Not yet.

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I thought I had to, but I don't, do I?

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That's what you meant.

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That's what you mean. It's what you want.

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It feels good here.

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I want to stay here with everyone. Yeah. I do.

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For definite.

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Is that OK?

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Yes, Toby.

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That was really brave of Toby.

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He did what we all need to do. Face up to our fears.

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Once you do that, nothing can stop you.

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Oi! Oi!

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How tall do you think I am?

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Can I join in?

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It won't be easy for Toby to put his past behind him

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but with a little help he'll be OK.

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WHISTLE BLOWS

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THE CHILDREN LAUGH AND PLAY

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So what can I tell you about fear

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to put into the Tracy Beaker Survival Files?

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We all have fears and phobias and they are different for us all.

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Often it's the unknown that frightens us the most.

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We know some fears are silly, like a fear of the dark,

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but that doesn't make it easier.

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And fear is something that affects us all.

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So don't be afraid to talk about you fears.

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Chances are, other people will feel just the same.

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We like to give ourselves little scares that we can laugh about.

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And sometimes we are right to be scared. Bad things can happen.

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The world can be a scary place.

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But you cant let fear rule your life.

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We all have to face our fears one day. Why not make it today?

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That's the Beaker Guide To Scary Stuff

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