meet Fifty

short for 50%, because he’s half as tall as the others

He’s the only Triber who is very very occasionally called by his real name, Thomas, by the dinner lady. She remembers the day he wore his Thomas the Tank engine pyjamas under his school clothes. And so do the other Tribers!

He’s short (obviously) with lovely bouncy black curly hair and rosy cheeks. He would make a cute pet. What he lacks in height he makes up for with his mouth – he has a wonderful smile and is charming, when he needs to be. He avoids exercise of any sort, but likes acting. He often sides with Keener, because he’s not keen on trouble and definitely not keen on any trouble that might involve fighting. Fifty does the talking when Tribe are in a hole. That sometimes makes it worse.

facts about Fifty


His mum is into ‘quality time’, making sure there is lots of opportunity for mummy-son chats. Fifty tries not to be alone with her! It’s better now that they’ve got Probably Rose, his baby sister, because she takes up a lot of what used to be spare time. Fifty’s mum tries to help everyone with their problems. At work they pay her to do it but she helps everyone else for free. Fifty’s dad is mostly invisible. He works really hard, delivering post all morning and then taking photos of weddings and birthdays and whatever else people want photos of the rest of the time.


He doesn’t like the way the others tease him about his size. He could tell them how he feels but that would be a stressy thing to do. He’ll put up with it . . . but just wait till he grows, Tribers!

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