The Story of Tracy Beaker (1991) is a book about lies and truthfulness, and features a protagonist who is obsessed with telling her own story, on her own terms; a story that features all manner of lies and deception. This chapter will use a combination of approaches to unreliability combined with psychological and linguistics theories of lying to explore what such narrative strategies reveal about Wilson’s characterisation of Tracy Beaker. As a point of comparison, at the end of the chapter, The Story of Tracy Beaker will be contrasted with episodes from the first TV adaptation in order to demonstrate how effective the use of an unreliable narrator can be in communicating the confessional story of a child in care.
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