Charlotte and Lulu
The 13-year-old heroine of Claude Miller's ''Charlotte and Lulu'' lives with her father and a housekeeper who is her de facto stepmother, in a setting that is provincial and drab. She has a rocky but close friendship with Lulu, a much younger girl who is sickly, neglected, innately comical and a perfect foil. She also has a daydream, which Mr. Miller represents as only slightly unreal. She dreams of becoming the helpmate and darling of an exquisite little pianist, a famous prodigy who is her own age.