Charlie's world is changing -- for the worse. Her new teacher refuses to call her anything but Charlotte. (Blech!) And forces her to sit next to Jamie Edwards, the most revolting stuck-up boring boy in the whole class. (Yuck!) And assigns her a project on the boring Victorian period. (Ugh!) But Charlie's dreary research -- and her active imagination -- leads to some interesting discoveries. Like Lottie . . . a nursemaid whose life in the Victorian era holds some interesting parallels to Charlie's own.
"Wilson creatively reshapes [heroine] Charlie's own experiences to depict the plight of a girl living 100 years earlier, thus adding new dimension to Charlie's perceptions while offering intriguing period particulars." -- Publishers Weekly, Starred
"Charlie's creative writing is a gentle endorsement for using one's imagination to work through problems. Readers will empathize with many of the situations Charlie copes with." -- The Horn Book Magazine