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Charlie Bone and the Time Twister (The Children of the Red King #2)

3.87  ·  Rating Details  ·  17,648 Ratings  ·  422 Reviews
Time is running out for Charlie Bone . . .

Charlies hopes that the new term at Bloor's Academy will hold no nasty surprises. But then Henry Yewbeam appears, twisted through time from the icy winter of 1916.

With the scheming Yewbeam aunts on the prowl, and the Bloors out to catch him, Henry will need Charlie's help just to stay alive. Bloor's Academy can be a very dangerous
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Published September 9th 2003 by Listening Library (Audio) (first published 2003)
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Amanda J.
As I've said, I *really* want to like this series. I love spec-fic set in a boarding school. But this one....this one had some major issues I struggled to forgive. My biggest beef is how absurd the character's reactions are to practically anything.

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A beautiful little girl is (view spoiler)
Apr 22, 2008 Larissa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who loves the Charlie Bone books
Good book. Unfortunately, not as good as the first book. It did
have a "very nice personal moment" with the strange piano teacher Mr.Pilgim, that I really enjoyed .
Feb 22, 2009 Carolyn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
i liked this book out of the whole series. I don't know why but it was my type of book. yep.
Marha Nur A.
"Hidupmu sangat menarik, Charlie," komentar Benjamin, "tetapi kurasa aku lebih senang menjadi diriku sendiri."

"Aku tidak punya pilihan," kata Charlie. "Aku hanya harus melakukan yang terbaik agar aku bisa bertahan hidup."

Kurang lebih itulah gambaran kehidupan Charlie Bone, seorang anak laki-laki berusia 11 tahun yang memiliki bakat ajaib. Masih dalam perjalanan mencari ayahnya, kini Charlie dipertemukan dengan saudara kakek buyutnya yang datang dari waktu 90 tahunan silam. Petualangan pun dimula
Charlie Bone and the Time Twister (The Children of the Red King, Book 2)
by Jenny Nimmo
402 pages
Listening Library

This is the second book to The Charlie Bone series. In this book, Charlie's new term starts off at Bloor's Academy, and is hoping for no more surprises. Too bad for him though, he got into more than he could handle, and traveled back through time to the year 1916. In this time period he meats his Great-Great-uncle Henry, who needs his help to survive.

This was an okay book
I don't know if I'd have the nerve to play around with time, unless the situation truly called for it. The results are hugely uncertain and precarious.
Oct 07, 2014 Reed rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is full of exciting twists that will excite any reader. A word of warning though the book at some parts may not make sense and I had to reread certain parts to get what was what happening during the story. Other than that this book is a good read.
Feb 10, 2015 Rida rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great book love it =)
Conan Tigard
I greatly enjoyed the first book in the Children of the Red King Series entitled Midnight for Charlie Bone. I knew that Charlie wasn't the strongest of main characters. But in Charlie Bone and the Time Twister, I found this characteristic starting to bother me more and more.

I really like Charlie, I just wish he was a little stronger. He never fights for the things he should. Both places his lives in, his home and Bloor's Academy, are horrible. He is treated badly at both places and does not stan
Mike (the Paladin)
Again a good series...a boy from the past gets "slung" into the future by a speicial magic "marble". Bummer huh? Since he can never go back...history has moved on without him and now he has to make his way in the present. Too bad the one who tricked him into using the Time Twister is still around (though an old, old man now...old Ezekiel Bloor, top dog at the school) and he'd still like to "do away" with his cousin Henry, and also of course Charlei who is also related and in the stew up to his o ...more
Dec 08, 2008 Nicole rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone, but especially younger kids not quite ready for Harry Potter
This was a great continuation to the series and more is starting to come out about Charlie's missing father, although, again, I think it's pretty obvious to adults reading it where he is. There's enough going on in the story that you don't think too much about his dad, though. This is a fun, fast-paced, fantasy series that's not quite as serious as Harry Potter but is a good place for younger kids to start before getting into the Harry Potter books, which I think are pretty heavy for them.
Nov 20, 2015 Josh rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Good read!:)
Tommy Hancock
Jul 17, 2015 Tommy Hancock rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Better than the first book, but didn't blow it out of the water. I liked it(thus 4 stars), but I feel like the story has really yet to hit it's stride. Hey, to be fair, Harry Potter took 3 books before I was all in and willing to give a 5-star to any of the single books.

The story is insanely interesting, but there were parts where, to me, it just seemed to lag a bit. Also, 2 major gripes about two characters, one returning, one new.

Billy: (view spoiler)
Tim Baldwin
Mar 08, 2015 Tim Baldwin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoy Jenny Nimmo's style of writing. She has created a character in Charlie Bone that the reader can really get behind. She does the same for the supporting characters.

However, I don't feel particularly attached to Charlie Bone. His character is relatively flat and he doesn't really deal with any real internal conflicts. He can't stand his aunts, he loves his mom, grandmother, uncle, and his friend Ben. He accepts those who are basically good, even if they seem a little odd, and assumes the
Dec 01, 2008 John rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: all my friends
This book had a much stronger story than the first.And the first book was amazing.this book shows charlie's powers much more and it also leaves a bigger picture in your mind.This book shows much more action but it is still able to keep its great storyline without there being one bad part.The best part to me had to be when charlie uses the timetwister to discover most of his families history.
Apr 01, 2009 Jenn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
I just finished this book recently this past week on my flight home from Florida. Again, Charlie Bone grabs my attention and I was happy to find out Henry Yewbeam is Charlie's ancestor at the beginning of the book. The best part was when Charlie enters a photo of a menacing looking wizard named Skarpo. I highly recommend this book for 6th graders and up!
Oct 23, 2015 J.D.Staton rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I haven't read a book this endlessly dark, gloomy, grim, mean-spirited, and hopeless in a very long time. Why anyone would ever find this book appealing, I cannot imagine, unless they had a sadistic streak within them. This story is so overloaded with vicious, brutal adults, sinister "gifts", and one nightmare experience after another, that I cannot find any redeeming qualities within it.

It is literary GARBAGE with a capital "G", in my opinion. I doubt either kids or adults would find it either
Nov 16, 2015 Hamza rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The second book of the Charlie bone series was great. Charlie goes back to Bloor's academy for his second year hoping nothing bad will happen. When he goes back he learns that his great great uncle called Henry was sent to a trip through time by his evil cousin while was a young child. Henry lands in Charlie's timeline while there almost the same age and look a lot like each other. Ezekiel the one who sent him on the trip through time finds out and looks for him to kill him but Charlie with the ...more
Dec 15, 2015 teleri rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Stephanie Watson
Feb 19, 2009 Stephanie Watson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
these books are great for all ages. it requires a certain love for fiction to read them but everyone should give them a try. these are wonderful!
Apr 21, 2014 Salena rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read the first few Books when they were released, and have decided to revisit, and finish, the series now that I'm older, and don't care so much that I shouldn't be reading kids books.

The second book in the series is, to me, far more interesting than the first. It's more a part two than a book two, in a lot of ways, and all the slogging through world building is done. Charlie does a bit more in this one, and the lines of good vs evil are clearly drawn, so you know exactly who you should be ch
Apr 28, 2014 Melinda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a fabulous continuation to the story made only better with the addition of new characters. I enjoy how Nimmo persists with unlocking subtle secrets of Bloor's Academy and its various odd and mysterious residents. I equally liked how Uncle Paton becomes a more substantial character in the plot, developing a more synergetic relationship with his great-nephew, Charlie Bone, thus making Paton more amiable overall. The "Dark Lady" plays a more prominent part as well, and out of a few possibl ...more
Jun 18, 2015 Kerri rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I guess I wasn't in the mood for the simplistic writing style this time around. This one took me a long time to read as I was busy with other things and not too invested. This series has some really interesting ideas and possibility, but it gets bogged down. There are so many times they do not even consider using the resources they have on hand and thus things are harder, take longer. They make choices with just a "without knowing why" as the explanation, because the author Wanted this particula ...more
Elliana Lyttle
This book really shows the true meaning of family. It shows how even your ancestors are important and need a little helping hand. Charlie goes back to school after summer break and runs into one of his ancestors that went missing years ago. Charlie finds out that his name is henry and that he is his great grandpa's brother. Charlie keeps Henry hidden and takes care of him until he can find a way to get Henry back to his own decade. This book is better then the first of the series even thou I sti ...more
Feb 08, 2014 Deena rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Read February 2014


My 10 year old daughter & I read this 2nd book of the series. In this story, Charlie Bone meets his 11 year old relative, Henry Yewbeam. Henry mysteriously appears at Bloor's Academy wearing outdated clothes & speaking unlike the other kids his age. Strange? Not when you find out he is from the past.
Decades ago, Henry's evil cousin, Ezekiel, rolled a Time Twister to him while he played marbles. Henry was mesmerized by the beautiful glowing ball & d
Jan 22, 2016 Taylor rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: hero, fantasy, mystery
Nimmo is a great author, who has great ideas, but it is time she thought up a new idea. In the previous book, Charlie and his friends have to embark on a joruney to save a new friend. In this book, Charlie and his friends have to embark on a journey to save a new friend, only this time, *plot twist* the new friend is a time traveler. There is a strict pattern to both books, and it is starting to feel like the author is taking the reader in a circle of never ending repeated themes and events. Thr ...more
In this installment of the Children of the Red King series, you get a little more hint of the history of the red king, but once again, the primary plot of the book is weak. The biggest problem with this book for me was the lack of motivation for all of the crimes/sins/evil doings of the evil doers. The author just doesn't bother.

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BreAnna Long
Mar 18, 2014 BreAnna Long rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Initial thoughts on completion:
Once again, this was an enjoyable story and a great diversion from everyday normal life. The same familiar characters are back and we get to meet a few new ones. The subject of time travel is always an interesting one, though I'm not sure it was very well thought out, as I could see some loopholes in the logic of it. I wish she had answered a bit more definitively whether it was indeed possible to travel back in time, or whether the twister only brought one forward
Mar 31, 2010 Drebbles rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2006
It's the year 1916 and Henry and James Yewbeam have been sent to live at Bloor's Academy with their Uncle Gideon Bloor because their sister Daphne has Diphtheria. One day Henry is alone playing marbles when his cousin Zeke rolls a marble known as the "Time Twister" towards him. Henry can't resist the beautiful marble, but when he grabs it, he is propelled almost ninety years into the future. Fortunately, he meets his cousin Charlie Bone who hides him so the Bloor's can't find him. It's not easy, ...more
An Odd1
Sep 26, 2011 An Odd1 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
"Charlie Bone & the Time Twister" #2 is by Jenny Nimmo. In England's Bloor Academy for endowed children, a magic marble sends Henry from 1916 to the present, where Charlie and pals hide him. I don't like how the time traveller carelessly trips into danger, and the too powerful mean Yewbeam side of the family. Finally, Emma's bird-shape, Tancred's storm, and good guys team up to overcome hypnotic Manfred and beast-shifter Asa. Our hero's own listening to pictures grows; his mind can now step ...more
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Jenny Nimmo was born in Windsor, Berkshire, England and educated at boarding schools in Kent and Surrey from the age of six until the age of sixteen, when she ran away from school to become a drama student/assistant stage manager with Theater South East. She graduated and acted in repertory theater in various towns and cities: Eastbourne, Tunbridge Wells, Brighton, Hastings, and Bexhill.

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Other Books in the Series

The Children of the Red King (8 books)
  • Midnight for Charlie Bone (The Children of the Red King, #1)
  • Charlie Bone and the Invisible Boy (The Children of the Red King, #3)
  • Charlie Bone and the Castle of Mirrors (The Children of the Red King, #4)
  • Charlie Bone and the Hidden King (The Children of the Red King, #5)
  • Charlie Bone and the Beast (The Children of the Red King, #6)
  • Charlie Bone and the Shadow (The Children of the Red King, #7)
  • Charlie Bone and the Red Knight (Children of the Red King, #8)

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“Waiting and hoping is a hard thing to do when you've already been waiting and hoping for almost as long as you can bear it.” 230 likes
“Dad will come back,' said Charlie quietly.
When Mrs Bone turned to him, she didn't look sad at all, in fact she was smiling.
'You know, Charlie, I'm beginning to believe you,' she said. 'After what happened to Henry, I can believe almost anything.”
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