Charlie lives with her young mum, Jo, in a very small flat which they both love dearly. Jo has to work really hard to earn the money to stay there. Things start going wrong in the new school year: Charlie's new teacher doesn't seem very friendly, ...
and Jo loses her job and starts work as a cleaner. Another problem is having to sit next to a boy in class, especially when all the other girls can't stop talking about boys! Everything is changing for Charlie, but she begins to find a release for her feelings in a diary for her school project. At first she thinks the Victorians are deadly dull and drippy, but then she starts to write about a Victorian girl called Lottie who has to go to work as a nursery maid for a wealthy family.Charlie soon realizes that her own hardships and struggles are not so different from Lottie's. Lottie's life is really hard, but Charlie has problems too, like her mum's awful new boyfriend and his wimpy little son! A touching, entertaining story about two girls from different times who have similar problems, read by Eve Karpf. Jacqueline Wilson has sold over 20 million books in the UK and has been awarded an OBE for services to literacy in schools.Among her many awards are the Smarties Prize, the Guardian Children's Fiction Award and Blue Peter's People's Choice Award.