Tracy Beaker Returns: Profile: Carmen Howle
Hello, Carmen here! I’ve got the best room in the Dumping Ground, ‘cos it’s right at the top of the stairs, so I get to hear everything as soon as it kicks off. And it’s big, which is good ‘cos I need room for my best mate, Lily. She used to live here all the time, now it’s only when her Dad needs a rest from looking after her.
I don’t have a dad, but I do have a mum. Hardly ever see her, though. She lives in Spain with her boyfriend, Lee. Mum said she’d send for me when they found a big enough flat, but that’s a lie ‘cos Lee can’t stand me. I don’t know what she sees in him – she could get someone way better, she’s so pretty. She’s a rubbish mum but she did teach me one thing - looking good’s important - so I always make an effort. Actually, Mum taught me something else, too... kids hate being left on their own for days at a time - once, she left me for a whole week while she went on holiday with Lee.
On the Dumping Ground:
I used to be a right softie when I first got here. But I toughened up quick enough after me, Sapphire and Harry got put in Burneywood. I hated it at the time but the Council probably did me a favour... I want to be a celebrity when I leave school and you need to be tough for that.