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KLIATTFourteen-year-old Charlotte was abandoned as a toddler by her mother in a London train station. Told to wait in front of a Bath and Body Works shop and not to make a fuss, Charlotte is discovered hours later by a policeman. Her father's name and address had been stuffed into her pocket. The story of the Abandoned Baby was exploited by the news media, and ten years later, Charlotte (Charlie) finds herself the unwelcome center of attention when a group of girl bullies discovers her history. By then, the words "do not make a fuss" have become a mantra in Charlie's life. Feeling that her mother didn't love her and that her father was forced to care for her, she allows the bullies to dominate her to the point where she contemplates suicide. Charlie's task in the novel is to find the inner strength to overcome her demons and trust the love that has been waiting for her all along. In this she is aided by plot manipulations that create near-magical coincidences and implied divine intervention. Because the plot is somewhat contrived, the happy ending is predestined. Younger YAs looking for a cheerier alternative to Cormier's The Chocolate War will find this novel appealing. KLIATT Codes: J—Recommended for junior high school students. 1997, Peachtree, 121p., Ages 12 to 15.