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Children of the Red King #4: Charlie Bone and the Castle of Mirrors (The Children of the Red King #4)

3.89  ·  Rating Details ·  20,154 Ratings  ·  285 Reviews
Over 3.4 million Charlie Bone books in print!!! Charlie's power is taking on a new dimension as he meets a new cast of characters, including Mr. Pilgrim's replacement, Tantalus Ebony, and the mysterious new student Joshua Tilpin, who appears to be magnetic. But Charlie isn't the only one dealing with changes . . . Billy has been adopted by a child-hating couple called the ...more
ebook, 432 pages
Published September 1st 2012 by Orchard Books (first published January 1st 2005)
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Jaemi
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
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Joanna
My seven year old continues to love this series. I think it's a great series for younger readers who like fantasy stories. A slightly better reader than my son could read these himself. As an adult reader, these stories are merely okay. The characters remain relatively simple and good and bad clearly and completely delineated. The castle of mirrors was a cool idea, if somewhat poorly executed here. The idea of a castle that burned in a (magical?) fire such that it essentially turned to glass (mi ...more
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bup
Aug 09, 2011 bup rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, genres-i-hate, 2011
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
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Lindsay
Oct 12, 2009 Lindsay rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Sonia Gomes
Dec 19, 2010 Sonia Gomes rated it really liked it  ·  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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Emma Lauren
Charlie Bone and the Castle of Mirrors by Jenny Nimmo was the fourth installment of the Charlie Bone Series, and once again, succeeded in being fairly underwhelming. While the storyline is decent, and the characters are interesting, the transitions from one chapter to another, even from one scene to another are very choppy and poorly written. The big and suspenseful moments are written in the span of one paragraph, leaving the reader feeling confused. In this book, there was supposed to be a gre ...more
Melinda
Jan 11, 2009 Melinda rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
entertaining. A poor man's Harry Potter. not a high recommend from me, but your kids might like it.
Nilsson
I hope no one ever asks me to be a godfather. They seem always to be dying.
Mwende
Feb 15, 2017 Mwende rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
this series continues to amaze me. kept me up all night and i believe it was a valentines well spent
Drebbles
Apr 15, 2010 Drebbles rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2007
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
Fauzan
May 30, 2016 Fauzan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The book starts with the Red King and Queen Bernice in the sea in search of a particular island. They find a beautiful island known as the Island of a Thousand Blues but the Queen had a vision of her children fighting and taking part in a war here, so she made it her intention never to see the Island again. Then we are introduced to Charlie Bone, who is starting a new semester at Bloor's academy. This isn't your average school, it's is a school to maintain special abilities. Charlie vowed to ke ...more
Tim Baldwin
Apr 13, 2015 Tim Baldwin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Cindell Nelson
Oct 29, 2013 Cindell Nelson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: goodreads-13-25
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
Andy
Feb 20, 2012 Andy rated it liked it  ·  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
Katie
Oct 20, 2014 Katie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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Charli
Dec 21, 2014 Charli rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, for-review, audio
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
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G
Oct 25, 2012 G rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Mary
Jan 12, 2010 Mary rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library-books
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
teleri llinos
Although this book was as enjoyable as the rest, I can't help but feel like the author tried to put so much information into it. I felt like Billy didn't stay at the O'Gres long enough, and the whole Oaths were over and done with so quickly, I really would have preferred if Billy stayed with them a little bit longer.

I also feel like the author wrote in a few more characters, only for them to have one job and leave. I understand that they all had roles to play, but the fact that Billy's relative
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Ashtin
Jan 11, 2013 Ashtin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Jacob Bennett
Jan 06, 2011 Jacob Bennett rated it really liked it  ·  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
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Aldean
Nov 19, 2008 Aldean rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
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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Melinda
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
Marwa
Oct 20, 2015 Marwa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Taylor
At this point, the Jenny Nimmo is just talking (or writing) the reader in circles. The first two books were okay, although they did seem to have some reoccurring themes, but now, this is just getting ridiculous. Someone goes missing or is in trouble, and it is the Bloor family's fault, so Charlie and his gang have to step in and save the day. Nothing new has really happened that has had a significant impact on the overall plot in the series, and... actually, there is no real plot to this series. ...more
Louis
May 13, 2010 Louis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Christine
Aug 01, 2010 Christine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ezekiel and Manfred have completed a horrible experiment to bring a dead warrior and warhorse back to life, while Billy has been "adopted" by terrible parents who trick him into signing oaths and then locking him into his home. Meanwhile Olivia is battling a truth she doesn't want to face and there is a new endowed kid at school whose magnetism seems to be helping those on the dark side. With Billy missing, Gabriel sick and Charlie off on an adventure trying to locate his father and bring Billy ...more
Stacy
May 05, 2014 Stacy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Cliff
Jun 03, 2011 Cliff rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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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)
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  • Charlie Bone and the Red Knight (Children of the Red King, #8)

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“Manfred sighed. He looked at the ceiling and declared, ‘I am behind words on the way to music beneath a wing and before trumpets, masks and brushes.’ He paused for effect and brought his gaze back to Charlie. ‘Do I make myself clear?’ In any other circumstances, Charlie would have said, ‘Clear as ditchwater,’ but as the situation was already pretty grim, he decided to say, ‘Yes, Manfred.” 0 likes
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