Child of the Week is the fifth episode of Series 1 of The Story of Tracy Beaker. It first aired on 22 January 2002 on CBBC.


Elaine tells Tracy that she will be advertised as Child of the Week to potential foster parents in the local paper. Tracy is delighted and tells everyone. Elaine is then offered more space in the newspaper, so decides to advertise Louise as well.

Tracy is initially upset, but she and Louise eventually bond over it. They agree that they should not smile, but look sad to still be in the care home and attract more foster parents that way. However, Justine and photographer Brian Gee convince Louise to smile. Tracy is furious, but Ben persuades her that she would be doing herself more favours to smile, so Tracy remakes both her own and Louise's adverts and sneaks them into the office. Her own advert is now extremely flattering and asks expressly for very rich foster parents, and Louise's photo now has a bag over her head.

Meanwhile, Duke decides to start a new healthy food regime and makes battered courgettes. The kids convince him that they like them, while secretly flushing them down the toilet.

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