Midnight for Charlie Bone

Midnight for Charlie Bone

Children of the Red King: Book 1

Book - 2002
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What's happening to Charlie Bone? Charlie doesn't want to believe it when he discovers that he can hear the thoughts of people in photographs. But his horrible aunts are delighted - it means that he is one of the chosen and must attend the Bloor's Academy for gifted children. Once there, Charlie realizes that some of his classmates have equally mysterious powers, and soon Charlie is involved in uncovering the mysterious past of one of them. Book One in The Children of the Red King series!
Publisher: New York Scholastic 2002
ISBN: 9780439488396
Characteristics: 401 p


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DBRL_KrisA Jan 31, 2018

A boy discovers, on his birthday, that he has special abilities, and is sent to a special school. His best friends at this school are a girl, and a boy with red hair from a large family. Sound like anyone you know? A young wizard, perhaps?

While it's easy to point out the similarities to Harry Potter, Charlie Bone (both the boy and the book) are nowhere near as good. Most of the heroic acts in the book are done by others, and Charlie himself is saved by the three older boys in the "climactic" scene (which the author seemed to rush through).

Nimmo's writing is nowhere near as good as Rowling's. It's much more simplistic, and it doesn't feel as smooth as Rowling's. The action is confusing in places, and the characters don't feel as real, emotionally.

I'll continue to read the next couple books, in hopes that the writing improves.

hrhkatharine Jul 25, 2017

This is a great series for fans of Harry Potter!

Feb 11, 2015

Great series! I would definitely recommend it to people who like Harry Potter, for it has a similar story but different enough to be original.

Mar 20, 2014

one of my favourite books ever
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Jun 08, 2012

I love this book. The characters and the plot are fantastic. I would definitely recommend for readers to be patient if they got bored with this book since it gets more interesting as the series goes along (more characters to meet and more problems). Great read!

Jan 05, 2012

The writing style is stilted and awkward sometimes, but the concept and characters are FANTASTIC. Recommended!

Jan 05, 2012

My nine year old son really loves this series. After reading the Harry Potter and Percy Jackson series, he dove right into Jenny Nimmo's fantastic Charlie Bone series. He will be onto number 8 very soon. He also enjoys me reading it aloud, as well as reading it independently.

Jun 25, 2011

Pretty good read as far as I am concerned but it can get a little cliche after a while. Overall ot is a very good book.

unreg_73315112 Sep 03, 2010

Great start to a fun series. Charlie Bone is an Endowed child with a very different power. He also has an interesting, and often dangerous, group of relatives.

Jan 18, 2010

A short, but interesting book that I finished too quickly for my liking. I just couldn't put the book down.

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Aug 10, 2012

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Jun 26, 2011

This is the first book in the Charlie Bone series. Charllie Bone is a ten year old boy who lives with his mother. His father has dissapeared under mysterious circumstances. The book is about Charlie getting magical powers and him going to an academy for special children. In Bloor's Academy, Chalie meets some strange people who also have powers like him. This book has twists and turns you don't expect. It was a wonderful read.

KidsLit Dec 14, 2009

Ten yr old Charlie Bone doesn’t realize he’s inherited his family’s magical powers until one day he hears the conversation of people in a photograph. When his nasty Grandma Bone and evil aunts discover his gift they immediately enrole him in Bloor’s Academy-a school for gifted and magical students.
Charlie is soon embroiled in a magical adventure that will hopefully take him one step closer to finding out what happened to his dad.
This series features a cast of wonderful characters.
Manfred Bloor-nasty head-boy who can hypnotize anyone foolish enough to look him in the eye
Gabriel Silk-a friend of Charlie’s who can ‘hear’ what clothes have to say (like the time Charlie’s missing dad’s tie told him he wasn’t dead-just ‘lost’)
Billy Raven-An orphaned boy, neither nor evil, who can speak with animals


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