My name's Charlotte, but you can call me Lottie. I'm a fashion designer.
At least, that's my thing this week.
Charlotte Perkins is seven years old and can't wait to grow up - if only she could decide what she wanted to be!
Luckily, no dream is too big for little Lottie Perkins!
The Girl, the Dog and the Writer - Series
A new series about family, friendship and finding yourself. Includes travel, adventure, action, crime, mystery and ... romance.
Keep watch for the second book in the series, The Girl, the Dog and the Writer in Provence, due for release in November, 2018.
The Girl, the Dog and the Writer in Rome (ABC/Harper Collins, 2017)
For the first ten years of Freja's life, she and her mother Clementine have roamed the Arctic in search of zoological wonders. Happy, content, together. Freja and Clem. Clem and Freja.
But now, everything is changing, and Clementine must send Freja away to live with her old friend Tobias, a best-selling crime writer and, quite possibly, the most absent-minded man on earth.
Tobias isn't used to life with a child, and Freja isn't used to people at all, but together they'll stumble into an Italian adventure so big that it will change things forever...
This is the first book in a new series about family, friendship and finding yourself.
CBCA Notable Book for Younger Readers, 2018.
Long-listed for 2018 ABIA Awards.
Here you can browse at a few photos of Rome.
The author gossiping with Italian pigeons
The market at Campo de Fiori
The Trevi Fountain
Tiny three-wheeled truck
A bit like the one Roberto drives.
The Spanish Steps
A street scene
The tiny car is a Fiat.
A little place of worship
The Virgin Mary and baby Jesus.
Hanging the washing out to dry in Trastevere
The Fountain of Neptune in Piazza Navona
A deliciously crumbling building
A cheeky Italian pigeon
A street view
A theatre amidst ruins
A piazza surrounded by ochre apartment buildings
The Girl, the Dog and the Writer in Provence
HE'S A VAGUE NOVELIST. SHE'S A SHY AND UNUSUAL CHILD. TOGETHER, THEY'RE TRAVELLING THE WORLD, ONE BOOK AT A TIME.
Freja, Tobias and Finnegan are back for an all-new adventure through the countryside of Provence.
Olive of Groves - Series
A charming and hilarious series that will keep you giggling, gasping and sighing with delight.
Olive of Groves (ABC/Harper Collins, 2015)
Olive has always dreamed of attending boarding school, but Mrs Groves' Boarding School for Naughty Boys, Talking Animals and Circus Performers is not what she expected. To tell the truth, dear reader, it is not what anyone expected!
The headmistress is completely bonkers and Pig McKenzie, school bully and all-round nasty swine, is determined to make Olive's life unbearable.
Olive, however, is clever, sweet and kind, and soon gains the loyalty and devotion of three rats, a short-sighted moose, a compulsive liar and a goose who faints at the sight of cherries.
But will friendship and wits be enough when Pig McKenzie puts his Truly Wicked Plan into gear? Or will Olive be cast out of Groves forever?
Shortlisted for the 2016 Indie Book Awards.
Shortlisted for the category of Best Designed Children's Fiction Book in the Australian Book Designers Association Awards, 2016. Designed by Hazel Lam.
Olive of Groves and the Great Slurp of Time (ABC/Harper Collins, 2016)
Olive is gobsmacked. Basil Heffenhuffenheimer has just hiked out of the Black Forest in 1857 and into Mrs Groves' Boarding School for Naughty Boys, Talking Animals and Circus Performers. When he offers to take Olive into the past, she cannot resist a time-travelling adventure. After all, what could possibly go wrong? Plenty, dear reader. Plenty! When Olive and her friends return to the present with a hungry dinosaur, an Elizabethan pirate and a scissor-happy servant boy, strange and disturbing things start to happen at Groves. Furthermore, 'new' student, Pigg McKenzie, is taking an uncomfortable interest in the dangers and disasters of time travel. Can Basil and Olive keep control of their adventures, or will the Time Slurp and a certain villainous pig have their wicked way?
This is the second book in the Olive of Groves series.
Olive of Groves and the Right Royal Romp (ABC/Harper Collins, 2016)
The Queen is coming to Mrs Groves' Boarding School for Naughty Boys, Talking Animals and Circus Performers for tea! Nothing, absolutely nothing, could possibly spoil this right royal moment.
Except for the return of scheming villain, Pig McKenzie ... and the arrival of a strange, harsh woman called Thistlebloom ... and the fact that the Inspector of Schools has promised to close the doors of Groves forever if the Queen's visit does not run smoothly ...
Oh deary, deary me! Nothing ever runs smoothly at Groves! Someone needs to take control. Someone clever, brave and practical. Someone with big ideas and an even bigger heart. Someone named Olive.
But does our beloved heroine have what it takes, or is this the end of Groves, once and for all?
This is the third book in the Olive of Groves series.
The Girl Who Brought Mischief
Winner of the 2014 NSW Premier's Award for Children's Literature - the Patricia Wrightson Prize.
The Girl Who Brought Mischief (ABC/Harper Collins, 2013)
When Inge Maria arrives on the tiny island of Bornholm in Denmark to live with her grandmother, she’s not sure what to expect.
Her grandmother is stern, the people on the island are strange, and children are not allowed to run wild or express themselves the way they did back in Copenhagen – especially if you are a girl.
Inge Maria tries not to feel sorry for herself, but she misses her mama. And on top of everything else, mischief seems to have a way of finding her no matter how hard she tries to be good ...
But could it be that a bit of mischief is exactly what Inge Maria’s grandmother and the people of Bornholm need?
Winner of the 2014 NSW Premier's Award for Children's Literature - the Patricia Wrightson Prize.
Young Readers' Notable Book 2014, Children's Book Council of Australia.
When Mischief Came to Town (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, New York, 2015)
This is the American edition of The Girl Who Brought Mischief.
The Japanese Edition
When Mischief Came to Town
The Girl Who Brought Mischief is published in America under the title When Mischief Came to Town .
It was awarded a Kirkus Star and was listed in Kirkus Review's Best Books of 2016.
My husband is a Dane and many years ago, we lived on a Christmas tree farm in Denmark. When I decided to write a story set in another time and culture, Denmark seemed the perfect setting. Beyond being familiar, it is a charming country that has so much of the fairy tale about it even today – snowy winters, delicious sweet treats, windmills, thatched cottages, animals living in barns and quaint folk dancing.
Setting my story way out on the Danish island of Bornholm enabled me to take my young character, Inge Maria, to an isolated place where her sense of loss and loneliness would be magnified. It also opened the way for delightful culture clashes. Inge Maria must learn to cope with the change from city life in Copenhagen with a free-spirited mother, to quiet island life amongst a conservative people.
Hans Christian Andersen was, of course, Danish. I read many of his fairy tales before and during the writing of When Mischief Came to Town. What an amazing range of characters, plot, humorous commentary and morals in his tales! They are truly inspiring.
Inge Maria Jensen, it seems, agrees with me. She loves reading Hans Christian Andersen fairy tales and often lives in a fantasy world where she converses with pigs and teapots and spoons. She longs to share the joy of stories with others. And her own story is a type of fairy tale in which she travels through loss and grief to a richer, happier life.
Fairy Tale Snow
This is an old photo of my two boys (now grown up) on a family holiday to Denmark in 2003. You can see the young Christmas trees in the background.
Fairy Tale House
This is my husband showing our sons his childhood home in Dollerup, Denmark.
The Original Book
When Mischief Came to Town was first released in Australia in 2013 under the title The Girl Who Brought Mischief.
Hey, is that ...?
This is me on my first day of school, a long, long time ago. I think I look a little like the girl on the cover of my Australian book.
Red Dirt Diaries - Series
Hilarious and heart-warming, the diaries of 11 year old Blue (Trudy) Weston recount the day to day joys and challenges of life in the Australian outback - living on a wheat and sheep farm and attending a tiny two-teacher school.
Red Dirt Diaries (ABC/Harper Collins, 2010)
Blue Weston’s life is spiralling out of control.
· Her parents are sending her to boarding school next year.
· Her mad twin brothers are building pig chariots in the back shed.
· Her best friend has been abducted by zombies and replaced with a boy crazy tween.
· And then there’s the drought that’s showing no signs of ending soon …
It’s New Year’s Day and Blue has resolved to keep a diary of the year’s events. It will be another hard year of dust storms and drought on her family’s farm – with the odd leech attack, rocket launch and bagpipe-loving pig thrown in just for fun.
Shortlisted for the Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year Awards 2011 and the West Australian Young Readers’ Book Award 2012.
Given a five star review in Good Reading magazine (July 2011) and a recommended reading age of 8 to 88.
Red Dirt Diary (ABC/Harper Collins, 2010)
Red Dirt Diaries - Blue About Love (ABC/Harper Collins, 2012)
I’m going to be a bridesmaid.
Mat, Lynette and me.
Long, pink shiny dresses and flowers in our hair.
Leading Miss McKenzie down the aisle to disaster.
I think I’m going to puke …
When Blue’s favourite teacher announces she’s engaged, Blue thinks she must have lost her mind. Why would Miss McKenzie want to get married? Especially to someone called James Linley Welsh-Pearson!
Can Blue stop the wedding in time or will Miss McKenzie leave Hardbake Plains … forever?
Younger Readers Notable Book 2013, The Children’s Book Council of Australia
Red Dirt Diary 2 - Blue About Love (ABC/Harper Collins, 2012)
Red Dirt Diaries - Blue's News (ABC/Harper Collins, 2012)
Blue Weston is on a mission
· She’s starting Hardbake Plains’ first ever newspaper with Mat and Ben.
· She’s determined not to like her new teacher, the Colonel.
· And she’s trying to convince Miss McKenzie to come back from Scotland.
But things don’t go exactly as planned… And to make matters worse, her mum is dusting off the old boarding school uniform!
Can Blue get things back on track?
And boarding school? Her parents wouldn’t dare …
Red Dirt Diary 3 - Blue's News (ABC/Harper Collins, 2012)
Bungaloo Creek (ABC, 2001)
Just the other day a wombat came into the classroom. It was cute to see. it squashed three xylophones and dug a hole in the carpet. We all love wombats.
Josie Simpson thinks Bungaloo Creek Public School is the best school in the world! Her teacher, Mr G, thinks the school is unique - whatever that means ...
Bungaloo Creek is a hilarious glimpse into the world of a one-room bush school.
Young Readers Notable Book 2002, Children's Book Council of Australia.
Laugh Your Head Off Again - Anthology
I'm very excited to have a story, Mr Big and Ziggy, included in this anthology of funny children's stories from Australian authors.