The Lottie Project
Cover of the 1997 first edition
|Cover artist||Nick Sharratt|
|Publisher||Doubleday (first edition, hardback)|
|1 May 1997 (first edition, hardback)|
|Media type||Print (hardback & paperback) and audiobook|
|Pages||203 pp (first edition, hardback)|
|ISBN||978-0-385-40703-8 (first edition, hardback)|
The Lottie Project is a children's novel by English author Jacqueline Wilson. It is illustrated by Nick Sharrat. The book is different from most Jaqueline Wilson books, as they are mostly told by characters who are not popular in school and are usually bullied by the popular students.
Charlotte Alice Katherine Enright (who prefers to be called Charlie, but is called Charlotte by her current teacher) is an eleven-year-old girl who lives with her mother, Jo, in a flat. She is the most popular girl in her school and as a result has a lot of friends. And of which her two best friends are called Angela Robinson and Lisa Fields. When her classes' form teacher goes on maternity leave she is replaced by a strict woman called Miss Beckworth, whom Charlie immediately dislikes. She calls Charlie, Charlotte (even though that Charlie explained that everybody calls her Charlie) and she also forces Charlie to sit next to an intelligent boy, James Edwards, whom Charlie hates. Miss Beckworth sets the class a history project on the Victorians, and Charlie assumes that the topic will be boring and decides not to listen for the first lesson – until she finds a picture of a Victorian servant girl who looks just like her. Charlie decides to write a diary, told from the point of view of her character Lottie who is eleven years old, like Charlie; however she has left school to become a servant.
Jo loses her job as a shop manageress (who used to be in charge of a staff of twelve, at Elete Electricals) and has to take up cleaning in a supermarket, cleaning houses, and looking after a young boy called Robin to earn money to pay for her flat and mortgage. Jo takes a shine to Robin's single father, Mark, much to Charlie's despair. Following a trip to a theme park, Charlie and Robin witness Mark and Jo kissing on a ride. Charlie, upset by this, tells Robin that neither of his parents (Robin's mother's new partner does not get on with Robin,) want him any more. Distressed, Robin runs away, leaving Mark and Jo distraught for the boy's safety, and Charlie guilt-ridden.
In a subplot, Lottie, the servant girl Charlie had created, gets a job as a nursery maid, looking after three young and very irritating children – Victor, Louisa and baby Freddie. Whilst at the park, Freddie is snatched from his pram after Lottie angrily storms off. Lottie is upset and distressed at the loss of the little boy, mirroring Charlie's own feelings towards the disappearance of Robin.
Robin is found in a train station behind packages waiting to be delivered. He is freezing and is rushed to hospital. Mark is very upset with Charlie (after she admits to him, Jo and the police what she had said to Robin) and even though Charlie is relieved that Robin is no longer missing, she is still distraught as he catches pneumonia.
Freddie (from Charlie's project) is also returned (It was revealed his kidnapper was a madwoman whose own children had died and is subsequently taken into police custody). The Master of the house decides to take the whole family away, servants and all, to a trip to the seaside for a week. Lottie's last diary entry ends with the words, 'I still cannot say I enjoy being a servant – but it has its compensations!'
Robin's pneumonia clears up and, just like in Lottie's diary, Mark, Jo, Charlie and Robin go to the seaside for a day. Charlie buys some Victorian postcards to use for her project, but since she guesses that hers is not done correctly and is sure that it will not win, she decides to give them to Jamie, whom she is now good friends with. Jamie's project wins on account of information, but Miss Beckworth also gives Charlie a prize for demonstrating 'what it feels like to be a Victorian.' The prize was a 'Frozen Charlotte'.
The novel ends with Jamie kissing Charlie and Jo and Charlie agreeing on Mark and Robin coming for Christmas.
Awards and nominations
- 1998, Stockport School's Book Award, winner.
- 1998, Sheffield Children's Book Award, highly commended.
- 1998, Oak Tree Award, Nottingham Children's Book Award, shortlisted.
- 1998, Red House Children's Book Award, shortlisted.
The story has also been adapted for the stage and was performed in 1999 and 2000 at the Polka Theater, Wimbledon, England. This book was adapted to Jaqueline's standards by the editor, Freddie Murray whom was also the Co - writer and published this book in 1999. The same year as for the stage and performed in 1999 and 2000.
- 1997, United Kingdom, Doubleday, ISBN 0-385-40703-3 & ISBN 978-0-385-40703-8, 1 May 1997, hardback
- 1998, United Kingdom, Corgi, ISBN 0-440-86366-X & ISBN 978-0-440-86366-3, 4 June 1998, paperback
- 1998, United Kingdom, Chivers Children's Audio Books, ISBN 0-7540-5036-X & ISBN 978-0-7540-5036-0, March 1998, compact cassette
- 2006, United Kingdom, BBC Audiobooks, ASIN 1846070910, 3 April 2006, compact disc
- Also published in other countries
- 2010,Book of the month in The Official Jacqueline Wilson Mag
- "Kids at Random House, Grown Ups, Prizes & Awards". Random House. Retrieved 31 December 2006.
- "British Council, Arts, Contemporary Writers, Jacqueline Wilson". British Council. Retrieved 31 December 2006.