THE LOTTIE PROJECT by Jacqueline Wilson

THE LOTTIE PROJECT

Age Range: 9 - 12
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KIRKUS REVIEW

Charlie likes her life, and would like everything to stay just as it is, but Fate has other plans for her: a strict new teacher, Miss Beckworth (who insists on calling her Charlotte), a different seat assignment (next to Jamie Edwards), and a mother who’s acting as if her new employer is more than just a friend. As Charlie’s perfect life starts to unravel, she takes refuge in a school project, composing the diary of a Victorian nursery maid named Lottie whose life has roots in Charlotte’s own, e.g, she has a teacher named Miss Worthbeck. Although US readers may be unfamiliar with some of the Briticisms, the tone and content of Charlie’s conversations with her friends and her mother are spot on and instantly recognizable. The small, black-and-white, cartoon-like drawings scattered throughout the book serve as graphic exclamation points for Charlie’s ongoing struggles to master her emotions and adjust to change. Funny, incisive, and true to life, this book introduces a heroine who is easy to root for’she’s a terrific combination of feisty and fragile. (Fiction. 9-12)

Pub Date: Oct. 1st, 1999
ISBN: 0-385-32718-8
Page count: 214pp
Publisher: Delacorte
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Oct. 1st, 1999