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The Castle Of Mirrors
Jenny Nimmo
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The Castle Of Mirrors (The Children of the Red King #4)

3.88 of 5 stars 3.88  ·  rating details  ·  17,781 ratings  ·  244 reviews
Back in Bloor's Academy, Charlie's power takes on a new dimension. He meets a new gallery of characters, including Mr. Pilgrim's replacement, Tantalus Ebony, and the mysterious new student Joshua Tilpin, who appears to be magnetic. But not all is well. Billy has been adopted by the O'Gres, a child-hating couple, who carry with them a gray bag of oaths wherever they go, sed ...more
351 pages
Published July 1st 2005 by Egmont Books Ltd (first published January 1st 2005)
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When I found the latest Children of the Red King book in the catalog I was really excited. Luckily I only had to wait about a week for the hold to be filled, and then I read the book in an afternoon. (Plus an hour.)

In this year's adventure, Charlie heads back to school only to discover some of his key up-points are not in fact present. Manfred Bloor is not in fact gone, neither is his creature-mate Asa Pike, and Mr. Pilgrim, the popular piano teacher, is missing. Even the good news that his frie
Sonia Gomes
Dec 19, 2010 Sonia Gomes rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone who loves Kids books
Shelves: kids
Another one in the series of the Children of the Red King. We get to know the Endowed Children better and as human beings
Charlie who can jump into pictures is shown to us as the vulnerable little boy,desperately in search of his father, believed to be hypnotized. Risks his life and Billy's to search for a safe place for Billy but in reality trying to see if the man trapped in the Glass Castle is his father.
Billy, a sad orphan, who can talk to animals, longing for a family, never getting adopted.
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The magical children of Bland Academy set off on another uninspired adventure that take them to a mirrored castle that really doesn't do anything, and they defeat some bad guys and I don't really get the point of anything.

My favorite thing about the book by far is that the kid, at least as drawn on the cover, looks kind of like Art Stukas.

Clearly a ripoff of Harry Potter, and clearly written for a lower grade level, and clearly written by somebody who has observed people but doesn't get them. So
I hope no one ever asks me to be a godfather. They seem always to be dying.
SLJ review:

Gr 4-7-Charlie Bone is off on another action-packed adventure in this recording of Jenny Nimmo's fourth book (Orchard Books, 2005) in the Children of the Red King series. Listeners will need to be familiar with the previous books in the series in order to follow the extended cast of characters and their endowments--magical gifts that are bestowed upon descendants of the Red King--or they will become lost in the quickly moving plot. Charlie begins his second year at Bloor Academy with
In a dark labatory deep within Bloor's Academy, Manfred and Ezekiel Bloor are brewing up a very nasty kind of trouble with Charlie Bone...

The prologue begins when the Red King and his wife, Queen Bernice, are riding by the sea. They spot a beautiful island, the Island of a Thousand Blues. She had a premonition of her children fighting there, and tells her husband that her children must never see the island. Charlie starts a new term at Bloor's Academy, and already trouble begins to brew. Ezekiel
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Back at Bloor’s Academy, strange things are once again occurring for Charlie Bone, but this time it is with his young friend, Billy Raven, a gifted albino who can speak in the language of animals.

As the story progresses, Charlie discovers that Billy’s adoptive parents are not exactly who they claim to be and likely have motives that are not exactly beneficial to Billy. As he discovers their true plot, Charlie and the rest of his friends join forces in a dangerous attempt to rescue Billy Raven wi
I really liked the character development of Olivia in this story - I felt that her quasi-metamorphosis well exemplified what many girls her age portray after experiencing a great disappointment. I equally enjoyed the addition of Alice Angel and hope that she will make additional appearances in future installments. The story also demonstrated what consequences can occur when making a rash decision and not thinking it through before acting on it. Charlie Bone finds himself in just such a predicame ...more
entertaining. A poor man's Harry Potter. not a high recommend from me, but your kids might like it.
Charlie Bone is worried about his friend, Billy Raven. Billy, an albino and an orphan, has longed for a family of his own and it seems like his wish has come true when Mr. and Mrs. de Grey agree to adopt him. Charlie is happy for Billy, but the de Grey's are friends of the Bloor family and Charlie doesn't trust them. Charlie is right to be worried - the de Grey's have powers that literally won't let Billy leave the house unless he is going to school. Charlie, his Uncle Paton, and his friends all ...more
RATING: 3.12

A very Harry Potter book to me, but could be better.
Didn't like the fact Benjamin was taken out of the story just because he was not needed in the plot, while new endowed kids come in. As a matter of fact, the new kids have no character development in them. No explanation why were they helping the Bloors. No nothing. They only came on stage when the scene when things needed to be messed up in the plot.

The Castle of Mirrors doesn't grip your attention, no cliffhanger or something tha
Old Ezekiel has decided that he will bring his ancestor, a ferocious man who killed anyone who got in his way, back to life. It seems that Asa digging in the ruins of the castle found a heart wrapped and in a casket marked with a B and they believe it to be their ancestor. The take the horses bones and the heart and Charlies old aunts, Manfred and Ezekiel work together to bring the ancestor to life. Only it is the Queen and she wants to protect her "children" and does this. While the children ar ...more
Mar 17, 2012 Andrew rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who didn't mind reading a book from the Teen and Young Reader's section
Hmm...well I'm gonna be honest here. This wasn't exactly the best book so far in the series. It had many fascinating parts in it and a couple that when I read them and pictured them, that I thought, "Wow, that's cool!' but the ending kind of left me flat. I'm still gonna read the next book and finish the series because it's still fascinating, but the ending to book 4 (This one; Castle of Mirrors) reminded me of the ending to the first book (Book 1: Midnight For Charlie Bone). Distinct difference ...more
Cindell Nelson
Jenny Nimmo's Charlie Bone and the Castle of Mirrors is about Charlie's fourth term at Bloor's Academy. His friend Billy Raven, an albino orphan who can communicate with animals, is suddenly adopted by a mysterious couple known as the de Greys. Charlie manages to find a photograph of the de Greys on Manfred Bloor's desk, and immediately suspects that they don't really want to adopt Billy. Charlie and his endowed friends have also been hearing sounds of a ghost horse running around the grounds of ...more
I was very amazed throughout reading this book! The author had a great use or word choice and an excellent perception of the settings. The author had me gripping my chair because of the suspense and mystery on what would happen during certain events in the book. I never wanted to put the book down because I wanted to know what was going to happen to Charlie next or how was Charlie going to get out of this situation.
I was very surprised at how the author changed the point of view throughout the c
Jacob Bennett
Jan 06, 2011 Jacob Bennett rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
I really liked this book because it was intriguing and I wanted to read more and more of it. Certain parts of it are kind of dull, with not as much action happening as there usually is. Although, there are very few of those parts and the characters are very interesting. Such as Tancred, a boy who can control the weather.
When Charlie went to the castle of mirrors, I was excited because I thought that he would finally find his father. Charlie ended up being disappointed though, as it was not actu
Pros: Fast-paced and imaginative. Some of my favorite characters make their appearances (Runner Bean, for instance), and the new creatures are most interesting and unexpected.

Cons: The villains are one-dimensional, always evil and cartoonish.

Overall, a good, quick read that entertains and keeps the reader engaged for the next book.
Wow...i'm suprised with myself, I'm finished read it within 24 hours (start at 10 AM end at 11 PM).
I like how the story getting more excited and complicated, i'm going crazy to start read the next book asap!!!
My fav's always be Uncle Paton and after read this book I started to admire Lysander, hahaha...
My wife and I have been jumping all over in this series, dependent on the whims of fate as to which one is on the shelf at the library when the fit takes us. So we listened to #3 a long time ago, then recently #2 and now we are devouring #4 and #5 in quick succession.

I am growing into a big fan of this series. Throughout I like the collaborative nature of the childrens' various endowments, and how they have to work together to make it through the "big showdown" in every episode. Perhaps only bec
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This is the 4th book in the Charlie Bone series. I enjoy the cast of characters and the unique talents each of the descendants of the Red King possess. The lore is consistent as well.

In this episode, the evil Bloors have resurrected a horse who they think is a warmongering knight. One particular boy is put at risk and he and Charlie eventually learn the history of the Castle of Mirrors in the context of the Red King's realm. Charlie deals with father issues. The story is engaging and had many su
david w. rong
Awesome book!

I loved this awesome thrilling adventurous book!
Cute and fast paced. I really liked what happened with Billy's storyline. And the twist in the Manfred storyline was interesting. I definitely enjoy this series and look forward to the next one.
Once again, the story is driving this series. At the halfway mark, considering the age group targetted here, there's definitely a fair bit of darkness to these tales. The main complaint I have is whenever we learn about new "rules" which come into play here. It seems to be the catalyst for introducing new endowed characters, such as Joshua Tilpin. But the stories seem to hold up well enough with the characters she already has established. Adding these extra endowed every so often simply confuses ...more
Michelle Brosi
Meh, this one I didn't enjoy as much. There was a lot more development in the history of the Bloor and Yewbeam families, but for some reason I found a lot of it to be too far reaching.
Jenny Nimmo did it again -- a superb installment to the Charlie Bone series w/ twists and turns that leave readers on their toes, wanting more #redking #fantasy
Nov 23, 2009 Nicole rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: kids not quite ready for Harry Potter
I'd give this 3.5 stars. Another fun adventure for Charlie and his friends. Of course, the writing is aimed at about a 3rd through 5th grader's level. The plot was well developed, but I thought it could have had some more meat (more time spent developing things) to it at times. There's still the mystery of who and where Charlie's father is and some other subplots that continue through the series, enough to keep the younger kids guessing. I'm not where he's vanished to at this point, but I'm abou ...more
Absolutely phenomenal! It kept me reading all night long! I believe it is one of the best Charlie Bone books, and that is definitely saying something! On many occasions I felt really bad for Billy Raven. I was adopted at a young age and I can't imagine my life if I wasn't, like Billy. In addition, finding out his "so-called" new parents didn't even want him to begin with. I was really shock with Tancred! I could believe he fell over to the dark side, even if it was only short term! Lastly, I kep ...more
Kennedy Jetelina
One thing I loved was I never got bored with the series it always kept me on my toes. Made me feel like a little Kidd again.
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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 Time Twister (The Children of the Red King, #2)
  • Charlie Bone and the Invisible Boy (The Children of the Red King, #3)
  • 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)
Midnight for Charlie Bone (The Children of the Red King, #1) Charlie Bone and the Hidden King (The Children of the Red King, #5) Charlie Bone and the Invisible Boy (The Children of the Red King, #3) Charlie Bone and the Time Twister (The Children of the Red King, #2) Charlie Bone and the Beast (The Children of the Red King, #6)

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