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Charlie Bone and the Beast (The Children of the Red King #6)

3.92  ·  Rating Details  ·  15,700 Ratings  ·  243 Reviews
The sixth magical adventure in the NY TIMES bestselling CHARLIE BONE series!
Life should be perfect for Charlie now that his parents have been reunited. But mystery and adventure always find him. This time Asa, a fellow classmate who changes into a beast at dusk and Charlie's sometime enemy, is missing. His parents seek out Charlie for help, and now Charlie needs the help
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Hardcover, 389 pages
Published May 29th 2007 by Orchard Books
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Sonia Gomes
Oct 31, 2013 Sonia Gomes rated it liked it
Shelves: kids
Asa disappears after he aligns himself with Charlie Bone which gets Manfred Bloor badly injured......
Doris
Apr 25, 2009 Doris rated it liked it
Good because it finally resolved the mystery of Asa. Bad because it again felt as if it was written with one eye on the clock.

It is still an excellent book to read with the younger set, or to use to encourage them to read.

The senior Bones are back together, and have gone off to have a second honeymoon. How anyone intelligent would run off and leave their son with a grandmother that hates him, and enrolled in a school where he is is disliked, is something I have trouble fathoming. Although Char
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Mary
Oct 18, 2015 Mary rated it it was amazing
Shelves: library-books
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Scarletstories
Jul 26, 2012 Scarletstories rated it liked it
As far as sequels go, this one wasn't bad. It continued in the tradition of the other Charlie Bone books. It was nice to see more of Asa Pike and his family, as the family interactions within the Bone-Yewbeam household have become a bit repetitive. The fact that his mother and father were also werebeings was cool, though I was disappointed not to be able to see a reunion between the mother and son.
One of my continuous problems with the series is the Browns. Benjamin and Charlie's relationship se
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Paranormal_Madness
Mar 10, 2013 Paranormal_Madness rated it really liked it
What I liked:
-Dagbert. I thought he was a fascinating character, and I loved the ill effects his power had. Having to carry around those little golden sea creatures forever can’t be easy. Even though I knew that he was going to be evil when he showed up with Lord Grimwald, I honestly thought he was just trying to fit in, that he was just looking for a friend. I think he really wanted to be Charlie’s friend, and he maybe didn’t understand why Charlie got angry with him.
-Plot. Unlike the previous
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Alberto
This was truly the most terrifying story I've read in a while. The beast brings back so many memories of some truly scary events! I don't know if this book is quite for audience like me.
Annie
Jul 08, 2008 Annie rated it really liked it
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Jerm
Oct 27, 2008 Jerm rated it liked it
These books should come with a warning that says “Better When Listened To.” I read the first five because they are really quick reads, but I always felt that they were a shallow knock-off of the Harry Potter series, but I should’ve been listening to them, because it makes them much better. The performer who reads them does a fabulous job and brings the characters to life, even if there dialog doesn’t always do the job. So…not bad.
Lindsay
Oct 12, 2009 Lindsay rated it it was amazing
This was my favorite of all 7 that are out (hopefully the 8th will be amazing)! Asa finally turns around and realizes that Manfred Bloors way is not the way to go. My favorite part was when the children gathered around the Red Kings tree and Asa joined them. If I had to recommend any or the Charlie bone books, this would be the one to read but YOU HAVE TO READ ALL OF THE OTHER ONES FIRST!!!!!!!!
Melinda
Jul 13, 2014 Melinda rated it liked it
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Pam Ford
Nov 30, 2015 Pam Ford rated it really liked it
This was one of my more favorite books of the series. Perhaps it's because I know the characters much better now or perhaps because the story seems to capture my interest, I'm not sure.

It's obvious there's a lot of unsolved loose ends still in this series, mainly left by this book; however, this one finally resolved the story of Asa and what happened to him. Honestly, I couldn't give it more stars because it seems to end so abruptly - the plot to save him seems to come with very little discussio
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Pam
Aug 22, 2009 Pam rated it really liked it
This is the 6th book in the Charlie Bone series. This is a great series for younger Harry Potter fans to read. It is not as complex a world as the one JK Rowling creates, but it is certainly interesting. Readers do need to pay close attention to the characters and keep track of past events to be able to follow the story. The author helps by including family trees and lists descriptions of the main characters. I think this was one of the better stories in the series. The 7th book is currently ava ...more
Deborah Andreasen
Feb 02, 2011 Deborah Andreasen rated it really liked it
I have enjoyed reading the Charlie Bone series, but it hasn't been my favorite. The concept is fantastic. An ancient king has 10 children, each endowed with a special power. 5 turn evil, 5 remain good. The modern day descendants of the Red King fight the same good vs. evil battle.

In Charlie Bone and the Beast, Charlie and his friends are still fighting the Bloors and the Yewbeams. Asa, who used to be Manfred Bloor's right hand man...or beast, has gone missing. A bizarre Wilderness Wolf is heard
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Jaemi
Jan 24, 2009 Jaemi rated it it was amazing
Having just recovered his father from a years-long enchantment, Charlie is on his own again—his parents have gone off for a second honeymoon. But there’s plenty to look forward to. Once they’re back, the family will be moving into its old home. Which, as Charlie and Uncle Paton find out while visiting, has been recently vandalized. By something not quite human, if the glimpse Charlie gets of two figures scurrying away is right.

At school, things aren’t going so well either. The appearance of a bo
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Meredith
Once again Charlie Bone and his friends battle the forces of the evil Bloor family and their cohorts. This time they must rescue the beast boy Asa Pike.

New evil Children of the Red King: Dagbert "the Drowner" Endless whose endowment is the ability to control the ocean, and tides -- a power he uses to drown people -- and Eric Shellhorn whose endowment is the ability to animate stone figures and over whom Charlie's evil great-aunt Venetia gained control by murdering his mother with a cursed neckla
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Darla
Nov 18, 2008 Darla rated it it was ok
(Genre: Children's fiction/fantasy) The Charlie Bone series is about a group of children in England that are "endowed" with special powers (descendants of the Red King) and go to a special boarding school so that the headmaster and his family who run the school (the Bloors) can keep tabs on them. There are also normal children who show special abilities in music, art, or drama that attend school with the endowed. Some of the children choose to use their abilities for good (i.e. Charlie and his f ...more
Ivy
Mar 29, 2010 Ivy rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult
I give this book a three and a half star rating because not as much was happening in this story as in the previous books.

Charlie is, once again, back at Bloors Academy. His parents, newly reunited after 10 years of separation due to his father's incarceration at Bloors Academy, are off for a second honeymoon leaving Charlie alone with his awful Grandma Bone. Charlie has to welcome yet another endowed new student to the academy and is given the task of watching over him. This new student is calle
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Cana Rensberger
Jun 30, 2010 Cana Rensberger rated it really liked it
In Ms. Nimmo’s sixth book in the Charlie Bone series, a kettle of trouble is brewing. Charlie Bone and his friends once again lead the reader on a breath-taking adventure through the world of Bloor’s academy.

Charlie is appointed official monitor to a new student who can control water. Charlie is not thrilled to have Dagbert following him everywhere. It soon becomes clear that Dagbert is doing everything he can to split up Charlie and his friends. Especially when strange things begin happening
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Jon Y. Y
Sep 11, 2011 Jon Y. Y rated it really liked it
I really liked Charlie Bone and the Beast. The book had adventure, mystery, and suspense. I have read the series up to the end of this book. The main character is Charlie Bone, a brave, adventurous, and kind person. Charlie Bone, with the endowment of a picture traveler who goes to find a beast-boy named Asa Pike. Asa is locked up somewhere by the Bloors, forcing his parents to go look for something the Bloors want. The Bloors are endowed people who own an academy for endowed children, such as ...more
Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by Cana Rensberger for TeensReadToo.com

In Ms. Nimmo's sixth book in the series featuring Charlie Bone, a kettle of trouble is brewing. Charlie and his friends once again lead the reader on a breathtaking adventure through the world of Bloor's Academy.

Charlie is appointed official monitor to a new student who can control water. Charlie is not thrilled to have Dagbert following him everywhere. It soon becomes clear that Dagbert is doing everything he can to split up Charlie and his frien
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Student Symmes
Dec 31, 2009 Student Symmes rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Spuddie
Sep 20, 2009 Spuddie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Read by Simon Jones. #6 in the Children of the Red King YA fantasy series. This book is read by a different reader than the previous five, and I'll start off by saying I did not enjoy his reading as much--too many of his varied voices sounded alike, and unlike with the previous reader, you couldn't always tell who was speaking just by the voice. The voices of individual persons also varied a little each time they spoke, as though he'd forgotten who he was.

Still, I enjoyed the story itself, as t
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 Marla
Dec 03, 2014 Marla rated it really liked it
Shelves: boys, series, fantasy, zz-2007
Not my favorite series, but I will try it on audiobook. This actually was a decent story, but the writing and character development could be so much more IMHO.

I've described the Charlie Bone series as Harry Potter light with weaker writing.

I liked that Asa Pike (view spoiler)
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G
Nov 04, 2012 G rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Although it is called 'The Wilderness Wolf', the book does not revolve around the Wilderness Wolf. It is a bit of this, a bit of that, making into a story. A new boy joined the side of Manfred Bloor, a boy who drowns people. And oh, two boys in the book have girlfriends already. How old are they, twelve? It sure makes them more mature with a girlfriend by their side, don't they? The plot is messier than usual, I got lost several times.

I want to stress that there are too many characters for a bo
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Cj Nnorom
Charlie Bone and the Beast was a pretty good book. It is a very suspenseful read and very interesting. Although, it has been a while since I picked up one of the books in this series so it was a little hard to trace. Nonetheless I am very excited to read the next book is the series and so on. I recommend this book to the readers who enjoy the Harry Potter series, because Charlie Bone is sort of a knock off of the Harry Potter series.
Deanna
Mar 26, 2016 Deanna rated it really liked it
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Stacy
May 06, 2015 Stacy rated it liked it
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Danielle Alexander
Apr 26, 2016 Danielle Alexander rated it it was amazing
I read the whole Midnight for Charlie Bone series when I was a lot younger and absolutely loved the books and the stories and, even though it's been years since I read them - it's definitely a story which has stuck with me for a very long time. Even today (at 23) I feel that the books can be read no matter your age!! Jenny Nimmo is a fantastic and engaging author.
Helen
Apr 01, 2015 Helen rated it liked it
Not quite as satisfying. There seems to be more plot available than is developed thoroughly enough in this book. That leaves more for the next book, but it made me feel less than satisfied, especially with the near-the-end mention of a not noticed woman and boy watching Charlie and the others. That was a major hanging thread that had me searching back through the pages for what I might have missed.
teleri
Jan 06, 2016 teleri rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I often found myself struggling to pick this up and finish reading it, I put it off for so long. The further the series goes on, the less enthusiastic I get about the books. They feel like a chore to read, and I honestly feel so lucky that I haven't bought the last two books yet, I can give myself a little break from them.

I admit, there were some good parts, but most of all I felt tired reading it...I didn't enjoy it much.
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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)
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