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Publication Order of The Children of the Red King Books

Midnight for Charlie Bone (2002)Description / Buy at Amazon
Charlie Bone and the Time Twister (2003)Description / Buy at Amazon
Charlie Bone and the Invisible Boy / Charlie Bone and the Blue Boa (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon
Charlie Bone and the Castle of Mirrors (2005)Description / Buy at Amazon
Charlie Bone and the Hidden King (2006)Description / Buy at Amazon
Charlie Bone and the Beast / Charlie Bone and the Wilderness Wolf (2007)Description / Buy at Amazon
Charlie Bone and the Shadow / Charlie Bone and the Shadow of Badlock (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon
Charlie Bone and the Red Knight (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Chronicles of the Red King Books

The Secret Kingdom (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Stones of Ravenglass (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
Leopards' Gold (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon

The Children of Red King Series (mostly referred to as The Charlie Bone series) is a complete set of 8 novels by Jenny Nimmo that concern Charles Bone together with his friends as they attempt to put a stop to Bloor’s plans. The series is all about 10-year old Charlie Bone as he starts noticing strange things which happen to him. Charlie Bone gets asked by Julia Ingledew, a book store owner to find her lost niece whom her brother had sold for a strange case. The case was then given to Charlie Bone along with the seemingly impossible job of finding the lost girl and his special power. Charlie Bone can read all the thoughts of people in photos at the time when the photos were taken. His wicked grandmother sends Bone to Bloor’s Academy. At first, it looks like one dreaded thing but it might just lead to the whereabouts of this missing girl. With the aid of Charlie Bone’s friend Benjamin along with Runner Bean, the loyal dog and some of his close family members, Bone e goes on his first journey to Bloor’s Academy with hopes of not letting down Miss Ingledew.

Midnight for Charlie Bone

This is a magical fantasy that’s fast-paced and quite easy-to-read. The main character, Charlie Bone has a very special gift; he can actually hear people in photos talking. The fabulous powers of Red King were initially passed down via his descendants, after they had turned up quite unexpectedly in a person who didn’t have any idea where they actually came from. This is exactly what happened to Bone and some of the children that he met behind the grim, the gray wall of Bloor’s Academy.

His scheming aunts then decides to send him to The Bloor Academy. This is a school for the geniuses where Charlie Bone uses his special gifts in discovering the truth despite of all the dangers lying ahead of him.

The trouble with Charlie is that he’s much more like the Charlie Bucket in Harry Potter. To be honest–Jenny Nimmo, the author, is enthusiastically just trying to channel some of the Rowling’s magic. The heroes of this series to fall into 2 camps: Horatio Alger throwback (the survivor/orphan with grit who is eventually rewarded for his own selfless acts) and the intelligent and preternaturally mature youngster who makes adults around him to look just like bumbling morons. Despite not being an orphan, Charlie Bone unmistakably falls in the former category. Charlie’s father is gone. His family is already dysfunctional. It’s likely he is getting the lunch money stolen from him at lunch hour on a regular basis. He later discovers the magical predisposition and he ends up getting packed to a school for the similarly gifted kids; The Bloor Academy.

Unfortunately, Charlie Bone never feels fully fleshed-out as the kid he was modeled after. The characters feel quite gimmicky and they are not particularly relatable. Charlie Bone’s primary magical talent is quite interesting. However, he doesn’t get the chance to use it to a lot in the course of this book. Of the several Harry Potter wannabes that are out there, there are a few that are entertaining if not particularly original and this is just one of the interesting books that you can get

Charlie Bone and the Time Twister

This is the second novel to Charlie Bone series. In this novel, Charlie Bone’s new term start off at Bloor’s Academy. He is actually not hoping for any more surprises. Too bad for Charlie though as he got into things more than he could actually handle and traveled back in time to the year 1916. During this time period, Charlie Bone meats his Henry, his Great-Great-uncle who needs his help so as to survive.

Time is running actually out for Charli . Charlie hopes that a new term at The Bloor’s Academy won’t hold nasty surprises. However, Henry Yewbeam appears after being twisted through the time from the icy winters of 1916. With scheming Yewbeam aunts on prowl and the Bloors fully out to catch him, Henry will require Charlie Bone’s help so as to stay alive. The Bloor’s Academy can be an extremely dangerous place .

On one of the coldest night in his memory, Zeke, Henry Yewbeam’s cousin tricks him to use the Time Twister. This is a beautiful marble that’s full of shining colors that draw him into the near future. And so his adventures begin . A month after the Christmas excitement, on another extremely cold night, Charlie Bone meets Henry while reappearing at the Bloor’s Academy. He later realizes Henry’s cousin is Ezekiel Bloor. He later decides to hide Henry from Ezekiel Bloorl’s spies, Blessed the dog and Billy Raven, while he together with Fidelio work out on how they can actually help Henry. Using a freezer to create the ideal temperature doesn’t work at all but it does bring Flames and Cook into the secret. Out of the other endowed kids, Emma is distant, Tancred and Lysander have fallen out and Gabriel tries on the mysterious black glove. Charlie Bone’s horrible Yewbeam aunts try to make him to enter a picture of the magician, Skarpo. His Uncle Paton has already found out that he can avoid exploding the light bulbs if he reads while walking. The friends then meet up at Pets’ Cafe, run by Mr. Onimous. The town’s dogs later chase Asa as he tries slinking in as the werewolf.

This was an excellent continuation to this series and more discoveries are starting to come out concerning Charlie Bone’s missing father,. However, to adult readers, it’s pretty obvious where he is. There is enough going on into the story that you don’t actually think a lot about his father. This is a fast-paced, fun, fantasy series which not quite as serious as The Harry Potter Series but it’s still a good place for children to start before getting into Harry Potter books that relatively heavy for them.

For a quick and fun read, this is a great story. The plot twists and depth of character have been developed. The quick and short description will help the story to move fairly fast.

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One Response to “Charlie Bone”

  1. Kathleen Drury-Larocque: 6 years ago

    Where does “Charlie Bones and the Invisible Boy” fit in the series?


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