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Charlie Bone and the Hidden King (The Children of the Red King #5)

3.97  ·  Rating Details  ·  17,506 Ratings  ·  278 Reviews
The fifth book in the New York Times bestselling CHILDREN OF THE RED KING series!
When Charlie turns twelve on New Year's Eve, the Flame Cats give him a grave warning: Something ancient has awoken, and Charlie must be watchful. Soon Charlie learns that the shadow from the Red King's portrait has been released, and that it will do anything to keep Charlie from finding his f
Hardcover, 464 pages
Published May 1st 2006 by Orchard Books (first published January 1st 2006)
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Nov 23, 2010 Jennifer rated it it was ok
I'm gradually losing patience with this series. I've ignored the fact that these kids go to a special school for the endowed even though there is absolutely no assistance given to the kids to learn how to best use their endowments; I've tried to overlook the fact that everyone knows about endowed people and yet no one ever wants to call the police or a doctor because supposedly no one would believe the situation; I've merely gritted my teeth as the children take on the world while most of the ad ...more
Anne Hamilton
Oct 10, 2012 Anne Hamilton rated it really liked it
Shelves: children, fantasy
I read Charlie Bone and the Hidden King back-to-back with Ian Irvine's Runcible Jones: Gate to Nowhere.

These two books are so stylistically similar they are not quite clones but certainly closer than cousins—literary half-siblings, perhaps.

Highly improbable plots with melodramatic overtones, landscapes partly Dickensian, partly Rowlingsian and partly golden age science fiction, character line-ups peopled by angst-ridden orphans, feisty female sidekicks and villains almost slapstick in their per
Jun 17, 2011 Anna rated it it was ok
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Jun 24, 2010 Drebbles rated it liked it
Shelves: 2007
In the fifth book in Jennie Nimmo's Children of the Red King series, odd things are happening in Charlie Bone's neighborhood. First there is an odd snowstorm and then all the animals disappear. Benjamin Brown, recently returned from Hong Kong, misses his dog Runner Bean and wants Charlie to help get the dog back. Charlie agrees, although he's upset that Benjamin's parents are working at Bloor Academy as spies. Charlie also has other problems. His grandmother Maisie has been frozen and he and his ...more
Nov 01, 2012 G rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The prologue is a big giveaway for the further events. I rather itkept at the later part of the story, so at least I could be 'surprised. Through his journey, Charlie slowly discovered his father's identity, which I wasn't surprised to find out who he was. Once he hinted that he knw his father, my mind became an auto-filter of the possibilities of all the characters, and I got it right. 'Naren' is also not Chinese nor Cantonese of sunflower.

Character development is still not efficient. Too many
This is why you shouldn't join in stepping on moths, tempting of a hobby as it may be. I know some people find the sport addicting, gleaning pleasure from the chalky white blood; there are whole meadows dedicated to the sport! But see now, how would you feel if one turned out to be someone's wand? There's a cake not worth the candle I say.
Nov 20, 2015 Josh rated it it was amazing
I just found out this is a sequel to charlie bone 8
Apr 10, 2011 Books4m rated it it was amazing
Try to eat just one chip I dare you.. now try to read just one Charlie Bone. Couldn't do it could you? Nope cause Charlie is addicting you want to keep reading of Charlies adventures. Want to see things worked out. And You Had To See If Charlie Could Figure Out Who HIs Dad Was! Finally this book reveals all. Thank God! I am an adult listening to the series so I knew who it was in book one but still I think kids will really enjoy this series, excellent writing and a great story teller. I love Cha ...more
Chelsea Mather
Apr 19, 2014 Chelsea Mather rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to Chelsea by: my sister
The Charlie Bone series is one of my favorite series. My favorite book in the series is Charlie Bone and the Hidden King. This one stood out to me the most because of how suspenseful it was. It had a great plot and story to it. Each chapter was very detailed. I liked how there was a mystery going on, and how Charlie had to solve it. I like each of the characters; they all have different personalities and parts they played in the mystery. One of the characters that I find the most interesting is, ...more
Jan 28, 2013 Matthew rated it it was amazing
This book about a boy name Charlie who can travel into pictures. He go to Bloor with other magic kids. One day, he found out that there is a invisible boy name Ollie who was lock up in the Bloor. Can Charlie be able to help Ollie escape?

I like this book because it is a adventure book and it had many cool characters to know and they can fight with the bad guys to save Ollie.I like this book also because it is a thin book, so I can read for a long time.
Oct 18, 2009 Debbie rated it really liked it
Book five in the Charlie Bone series.

After an eerie warning by the flame cats, Charlie notices an ominous change in the picture of the Red King that hangs in Bloor's Academy. Soon all the animals disappear, Maisie freezes solid, and Amy begins to forget Lyell completely.

Charlie, with the help of his friends, not only finds the animals, but also some important clues that may finally reveal his father's whereabouts.
Apr 19, 2014 Gregory rated it really liked it
In typical Charlie Bone fashion, book 5 in the series starts out slow, letting us enjoy the characters and their interactions in Bloor's Academy. About a third of the way through the book, we fully realize the conflict and we sputter about, picking up half pieces of information until the last thirty pages, when all Hell breaks loose. Charlie Bone and the Hidden King follows Charlie and his gang as the shadow that has been hiding in the Red King's portrait is released. What the shadow is and what ...more
Aug 10, 2014 Jennifer rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned
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Nov 10, 2015 Rebekah rated it it was ok
(For the people in the back: NAREN IS NOT SUNFLOWER IN ANY CHINESE DIALECT. What is it supposed to be, 那人?)

Nimmo's writing is at its laziest yet in the fifth installment of the Charlie Bone series (formally known as the Children Of The Red King series).

What makes this so painful to read is that the events described are brilliantly imagined. The story is a great children's fantasy but it's buried in schizophrenic narration. I mean, this would have been a 4-star book if only Nimmo had had an exper
Sep 25, 2014 Rowan rated it really liked it
Charlie Bone and the Hidden King, the 5th book in the charlie bone series.
Even though i was starting in the middle (maybe) as soon as i read about maybe 1/10th of the book i was hooked, the amazingly good story line, the Dynamic characters, and the great plot. so the plot is that the town Charlie lives in has all the animals just up and leave. Charlie looks for the animals but finds a girl who shows him where the animals are and he takes backs his friends animals. the school he goes to got real
Sabrina Ki
Feb 21, 2016 Sabrina Ki rated it it was amazing
Shelves: adventure
A really awesome, fast-paced super-exciting adventure with lots of plot twists and mystery and thrilling bits (and the always important OMG moment). I CAN'T WAIT to read the next one!!!!! The characters are awesome, the plot is awesome, the setting is awesome - the book is just all-around awesomeness. IMAGINE my excitement and pure joy when I found out there were 8 books in the series in total!! (Because I read this series for the first time when I was like in primary school, so that was about 6 ...more
david w. rong
Dec 23, 2014 david w. rong rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Heartwarming awesome book!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Jul 16, 2014 Karen rated it really liked it
OK, so after a very shaky beginning, I've been sucked into this series. I doubt if I will ever re-read it, but I do want to see the overall story through to the conclusion.

The aspects of this book that were supposed to be big mysteries weren't -- I knew who Charlie's father was two books ago. The enchanter/shadow and the witch/teacher surprised me, but not overly. It is Asa's character who proved to be the most interesting one in this installment of the series.

Actual rating: 3.5 stars, but I r
Charlie' (Ohana means family)
I just re-read this book as part of my Goodreads book challenge this year but also apart of my own personal challenge where I am re-reading books I either love or just books I haven't read in ages!

So this book.. Well, I actually lowered my rating from before, it used to be five stars, but I changed it to four after this reading for one reason.

Charlie Bone is always forgetting the important stuff.

If you haven't read this book and do not wish to read spoilers then stop reading heeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee
Jan 25, 2009 Jaemi rated it it was amazing
The trouble in and around Bloor’s Academy grows even greater, as the Children of the Red King struggle on with their fight. All the town’s animals have disappeared over night, and no one knows why. With the help of Billy’s rat Rembrandt, Charlie Bone uncovers the answer. And with the help of a mysterious girl named Naren, is able to find the animals and bring some back. But as he only brings his friends’ animals back, he then finds himself to blame for the rest of them being missing. Having swor ...more
Mar 08, 2013 Paranormal_Madness rated it really liked it
What I liked:
-Lyell Bone. I loved that the issue of Charlie’s missing father was finally resolved, and I also liked that I didn’t see it coming. I honestly had no idea that (view spoiler) was Charlie’s father all along. I like that Charlie’s family will hopefully get a chance at having a normal life once more.
-Miss Crystal. I honestly really liked her little parts in the previous books, but I’m glad she wasn’t all that she appeared to be. There was a hidden depth to h
Jul 04, 2009 Nic rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Charlie Bioletti
Oct 10, 2015 Charlie Bioletti rated it it was amazing
Reading only one Charlie Bone book is like trying too only eat one chip from a packet, the books are so good with such a great concept & story behind them. I have probably read this one the most out of the series because of how much it reveal's about the "Endowed" children's past and even the history of the Red King. It is written so well and is a very popular series that deserves all the credit it is given. Definitely one of the best series i have read. I was quite sad to see them end.
Jun 19, 2014 Melinda rated it really liked it
This volume of the story added so many of the missing links to the overall plot; more information regarding Charlie's father, the mystery behind the shadow in the picture of the Red King, the true identity of a beloved member of Bloor's faculty, and the introduction to an integral member of the Bloor family. I found what bizarre things that happened to both Amy Bone and Grandma Maisy to be fascinating additions to the storyline. I also liked how the endowed children continue to discover further ...more
Ryne Steinacker
Apr 15, 2014 Ryne Steinacker rated it did not like it
Part of the reason why I disliked this book was because I originally thought it to be the last book in the series. If it were the last book, then I would say it had a TERRIBLE ending. As things stand, the ending still wasn't that great.

The story is fun, but plot holes abound, along with characters I haven't become more sympathetic to since Book 1. I don't care to read the rest of the novels in the series.
Sep 23, 2011 Nicole rated it really liked it
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Emma Heckman
Sep 11, 2015 Emma Heckman rated it liked it
Charlie Bone and the Hidden King by Jenny Nimmo is an excellent book. In this adventure Charlie turns twelve and is given a warning from the Flame Cats that something has been awoken.Charlie soon realizes what has been awoken and it's the one person that is keeping him from finding his father. Soon after this realization pets start vanishing and Olivia comes close to reveling her deepest secret.
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.
Nov 20, 2008 Aldean rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
We are really getting on a Charlie Bone roll at our house, and this installment did not disappoint. The stakes are higher, and the action, though sporadic, was engaging.

One thing that has been present throughout the series, but was particularly glaring in this book, was the incongruity of the children, locked in life-and-death struggles against nefarious supernatural opponents on the weekends, still have to get up on Monday morning and go back to school, the very school run by their foes, no les
Mar 13, 2016 Deanna rated it it was amazing
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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 Castle of Mirrors (The Children of the Red King, #4)
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