Project Description

Charlies Story

Charlie’s Story

by Maeve Friel

Abandoned by her mother at Victoria Station in London when she is only four, Charlotte “Charlie” Collins is sent to live with her father in Dublin.

Now fourteen, Charlie struggles to come to terms with the reasons for her mother’s desertion, her father’s silence, and the cruelty of her classmates.

Paperback: $6.95
ISBN: 978-1-56145-315-3
Total Pages: 112
Size: 5 x 7 1/8
Language: English
Accelerated Reader
AR Quiz#: 23065
AR Reading Level: 5.1
AR Points: 5

F&P (Fountas & Pinnell)
F&P Level: W
F&P Grade: 6


“Carefully developed characters and setting bring this story to life… The intensity of [the bullies’] attitudes and actions rival the evil in Lord of the Flies, only in civilization, not removed from it…. The story is compelling and thought provoking…. A good choice for booktalking.” ―VOYA (Voice of Youth Advocates)

“Friel has penned a masterful portrait of children’s torment of other children and the bleak emotional landscape of a desperate young teen…. An extraordinary tale about the power that bullies wield, a bit reminiscent of Cormier’s Chocolate War.” ―Booklist


Best Books for Young Adults (nominee) ―YALSA (ALA) 1998

Meet the Author

Maeve Friel was born in Northern Ireland. She worked as a teacher, a translator, a secretary and a tour guide before taking up full time writing. Friel is the author of 19 books for children, including Charlie’s Story, the Witch In Training series, and the Tiger Lily trilogy. You can visit her website here.