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Charlie Bone and the Invisible Boy (The Children of the Red King #3)

3.87 of 5 stars 3.87  ·  rating details  ·  15,645 ratings  ·  307 reviews
The third book in the Children of the Red King series, CHARLIE BONE AND THE INVISIBLE BOY offers more magical fantasy that is fast paced and easy to read.
This semester at Bloor's Academy brings a few changes. There is a new art teacher, Mr. Boldova, and a new student named Belle, who lives with the Yewbeam aunts and seems to have strange power over them. Emma and Charlie
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Hardcover, 408 pages
Published July 1st 2004 by Orchard (first published January 1st 2004)
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Janeen-san
Nov 19, 2008 Janeen-san rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Janeen-san by: Nason family
Charlie Bone and his friends discover an invisible boy living up in the music tower at Bloor's Academy. His name is Ollie Sparks, and they soon discover that Mr. Baldova, tier art teacher, is Ollie's father.
Ollie tells them that he had gotten turned invisible by a blue boa. Only his big toe remained visible.
The Bloors like to own people, so naturally they try to stop Charlie from making Ollie visible again.
Can Charlie and friends succeed in their quest?

I am already a fan of Jenny Nimmo's books
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Tiffany
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Jesse Salvato
This is another book of the series of Charlie Bone. It too is also filled with mystery, suspense, and action. The book is about Charlie and his friends discover an invisible boy in the attic of the academy. Throughout the book Charlie is constantly solving clues that lead to another clue. With him exploring and discovering new things at this school he makes more problems and enemies. The book leaves you at the end of your seat. I really enjoyed this book, and this is one of my favorite books in ...more
Melinda
The story of Charlie and Bloor's Academy continues with the introduction of an invisible boy, Ollie Sparks. As a child, I recall always desiring to be able to become invisible, listing all of the ways in which such a gift would be especially beneficial. For Ollie Sparks, however, Nimmo creates for him a situation which is anything but splendid. Since no one can see him, he is not regularly fed, nor taken care of; he fears to leave the confines of the Academy's attic because other students and st ...more
Tim Baldwin
Of all the books I've read in the series up to this point, Charlie Bone and the Invisible Boy is the best. The plot moves along quickly with a great amount of mystery and suspense suitable to the age group for which the book was written.

I actually finished this book in a few days. The plot pulled me in and the story revealed a great many details alluded to in earlier books. The mystery of the wand is a little, though far from
completely clear and Charlie learns something new about his family tree
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BreAnna Long
Once again, Charlie Bone has proven an enjoyable diversion. The question of invisibility must always come up in any good magical series, and the treatment of the theme here was fascinating. I've never thought about it before, but there is something inherently deceitful about hiding one's presence, be it in darkness or actual disappearance. Thus, powers of invisibility could be seen as evil and undesirable, which angle I've never considered.

It's also interesting to consider that this is the secon
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Drebbles
Enjoyable But Light Fantasy, December 28, 2006
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Charlie Bone's friend Benjamin Brown is going to Hong Kong with his parents and wants Charlie to look after his dog Runner Bean. Charlie reluctantly agrees since he knows Grandma Bone won't let the dog stay. Charlie has other problems, for one thing his Uncle Paton, the one person to stand up to Grandma Bone, is missing and when he does return he is deathly ill. There's a new student at Bloor's Aca
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Andrew
Mar 13, 2012 Andrew rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone who doesn't snicker at easy reading. I found this in the Teen and Young Reader section.
Recommended to Andrew by: No one
First thing I have to say is that it's amazing how with each book it becomes less and less like Harry Potter. I think the first and second one had the most similarities, but this one had very few.

We join Charlie once again as he discovers and invisible boy (obvious from the title). He and his friends have to come up with a way to get the invisible boy out of Bloors Academy without him being discovered. Now, I know what you're thinking. "That's easy! He's invisible." Not quite. A part of him isn'
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Linda Jaejoong
Im 3 Band der Charlie Bone Reihe geht es diesmal hoch her. Es gibt eine neue Schülerin an Charlies Schule, Belle. Doch sie ist nicht was sie zu sein scheint und sie ist auf Ärger aus. Und dann ist da noch Ollie, niemand kann ihn sehen und wenn es nach den Bloors geht soll das auch für immer so bleiben. Und was hat die blaue Schlange mit all dem zu tun?? Können Charlie und seine Freunde Ollie retten??

Das Buch hat sehr mysteriös mit dem Besuch von Belle bei Charlie zu Hause angefangen und es sollt
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Grady L
This is a good book i think. It is about this guy who found a invisible boy. He tries to find out what happened to him. He has many people that try to get him on the bad side. He finds what did it to the little boy. I am not going to tell you. You will have to read the book. He has to sneak out to give hime food. In this book Charlie has many enemies. They all want them on there side because of his talent. he can look into pictures and the pictures will talk to him. If he stares at it long enoug ...more
Paranormal_Madness
What I liked:
-The powers. Nothing in this book is very cliché, and all of the powers are well developed and they aren’t all super power and they aren’t all useful at the same time. Tancred Torrson is still one of my favorite characters, along with Paton Yewbeam, and poor little Billy Raven. I always feel sorry for him.
-Evil characters. I love that in this series, the evil characters are obviously evil, and they never try to deny it. They don’t have a change of heart, and they don’t try to be bet
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Nic
This book had the same strengths and weaknesses, really, of the first two: fun characters, interesting settings, bad writing. I found it a bit episodic: Charlie and friends uncover a new problem to solve, and another, and another . . . I also took issue with the weak villains.

It's funny: as a kid, I hated having characters killed off, ever. Now, probably due to the Harry Potter series, I just can't take an evil character seriously - not just a bully, I mean, but an evil character - unless s/he s
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Felita Hardigaloeh
Di awal semester baru ini, Charlie sudah banyak mendapat masalah

#sahabatnya pergi liburan ke Cina, meninggalkan sang anjing untuk dititipi.mana nenek bones benci ngeliat mahluk hidup
#kedatangan nenek buyut yg membesarkan bibi2 charlie yg jahat
#paman paton kehilangan bakatnya
#ada anak Bloor yg kasat mata gara2 pernah dibelit ular boa biru
#tanpa sengaja demi menyembuhkan sang paman, charlie malah menarik keluar penyihir abad pertengahan dari lukisannya dan menyebabkan kegemparan di kota charli tin
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Doris
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david w. rong
Awesome book! Good to read!
Michelle Brosi
An ancestor enchanted a large boa snake to kill its prey, but another lady in the family changed its power to merely turn someone invisible. The Bloors now have the snake hidden in the academy and Ezekial is experimenting with it so he can become invisible whenever he wants and be immortal. Charlie learns of the poor boy, Ollie's invisible affliction and sets out to help him.
Meredith

Charlie Bone once again thwarts the evil plans of the Bloor family. This time he discovers that the Ollie Sparks whom everyone thought had been sent home is actually imprisoned in the attics having been turned invisible by Ezekiel Bloor's magic blue boa. Of course, it is Charlie and his friends to the rescue. Charlie also has the double duty of saving his great-uncle Paton Yewbeam who has returned home near death and lost his endowment as a power booster.

New good Children of the Red King:
*Samue
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SMART Book Club
I thought this book was superb compared to the books before. The rating I would give is 8/10, because I liked the characters and how they had different things about them that stood out from characters in other books - like Ollie Sparks, he is completely invisible except for his toe. I also liked the story, a boy named Charlie sees an invisible boy, and tries to make him escape! Who could think of that!? Jenny Nimmo did not add a lot of humor. In my opinion the humor pulls the story together, and ...more
Karen
They are getting better...

Charlie Bone is starting to feel more like a character unto himself, and not just a Harry Potter-wannabe. And that is a very good thing.

Uncle Paton is still my favorite character in the overall story, but the rest are starting to take on a life of their own, too.

Ryne
And Things Began to Feel Somewhat More Contrived.

This is still a fun book, but the characters didn't really become any "rounder" or more interesting--and I wanted to punch Billy Raven in the face. I felt little sympathy for him because he was always WHINING so much. Sorry, Billy.
Nicole
Oct 06, 2009 Nicole rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: young kids not quite ready for Harry Potter
Another fun, fast kid read. Again, like I've said before, I think these books are a really great starting point for kids before they read the Harry Potter series - not as dark, not as intense, but yet they have that magical atmosphere. I love the Harry Potter books; I just don't think my 10-year-old is ready for them yet. I see a lot of the kids in her class reading those and the Lord of the Rings books, all of which I think are just too much for most kids this age. Some are probably ready for i ...more
Lora
We're getting repetitive here. This time, instead of rescuing a girl from amnesia, Charlie et al. rescue an invisible boy. This series is precisely how series get a bad name: same plot, same story arc, rather thinly-drawn characters. The latter is really the biggest problem; they aren't exactly fully-fleshed out to start with, and they are getting positively see-through.

That this story involves an invisible boy, then, is rather ironic. He was made invisible a misunderstood and slightly be-feathe
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Salena
Apr 22, 2014 Salena added it
The adventure continues as more wicked nasties are added to the family tree and Charlie continues to acknowledge that all quests require the help of friends. Lysander and Tancred are wicked cool, the plot is interesting, and the pacing works well enough.
Tony
This is the 3rd book of the ominous Charlie Bone series. This series kind of intervenes with the Harry Potter series making the magic seem more real. In this book, Emma, a talented artist who has the ability to fly, finds Ollie Sparks, an invisible boy in the attic of the Hogswart attic within Bloor's Academy. As always Charlie is thwarted by the Bloor's but this time Charlie's faces a new challenge, Belle. Even with Mr. Boldova's help, it is tough to rescue his brother from the cruel clutches o ...more
Ashley Rushizha
I really like this book because there was an interesting character "a blue snake with feathers" that makes anything and anyone who comes in contact with it invisible. its really good if you love reading about things you know will never happen.
Daniel Figueroa
It's Charlies junior year of being in Bloor's Academy and things have escalated. Alot of professors are no where to be found. His evil aunts retrieve a girl named Belle, who has strange colored eyes. His uncle Paton is becoming more and more devastatingly ill. Charlie searches Bloor's academy and he finds an invisible boy, and you only appear to see his toe. Charlie has to somehow free Ollie from being invisible. Charlie later discovers that Belle is an old women who is trying to kill Ollie. Wit ...more
Mary
Very fast read. Charlie finds out about a boy who was made invisible and while this happens Billy finds out that the Bloors are only using him and will never help him find a family. Charlie and his friends rescue the blue boa and the blue boa helps bring Ollie back from invisibility. Skarpo, the magician in Charlie's painting, helps Charlie save his uncle Paton to regain his health. The children also rescue their beloved art teacher Samuel Sparks aka Mr. Boldova from Charlie's evil aunts, great ...more
Marta
Jun 01, 2008 Marta rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: o7-o8
It's Charlies third year of being in Bloor's Academy and things have changed. Alot of teachers are missing, his aunts bring home a girl named Belle, who has wierd colored eyes and his uncle Paton is becoming more and more sick. Charlie investigates Bloor's academy and he finds an invisible boy, who you can only see his toe. Charlie has to somehow free Ollie Sparks from being invisible.Charlie later discovers that Belle is an old women who is trying to kill Ollie. With the help of Billy Raven (wh ...more
Cliff
This series sees an improvement over the last, but I'm a little hesitant to rank it as high as I did. The issue still comes down to Jenny Nimmo's flouting of normal story conventions. Without spoiling the story, the newest antagonist's secret is revealed within moments of her appearance. It seems almost a wasted effort in the end. But the story continues to compell and as a reader, I can't help but wonder where this is all leading. It's also vaguely difficult to mark the passage of time in the s ...more
Jill Porter
Bloor Academy and and and strong young boy as the main character, shares some similarities to Harry Potter. I still enjoy the adventures he finds himself in.
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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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The Children of the Red King (8 books)
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