Opal’s ninth birthday is coming but there are all sorts of strange things happening with her four older siblings that are making her upcoming birthday distressing. There’s Charlotte, the oldest, who has suddenly returned home from college for a mysterious reason. Nick is going on an adventure to Australia. The twins, Max and Seth, both have girlfriends and Opal is starting to feel left out. After the loss of her father, Opal feels more and more like her family is beginning to split apart—and then another secret surfaces, something big about Charlotte. But Opal isn’t about to watch everyone fall to pieces. . . . Especially not her sister.
As seen through Opal’s eyes, WATCHING CHARLOTTE is a middle grade dramedy about the joy and mischief that makes family life so entertaining.