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

3.96 of 5 stars 3.96  ·  rating details  ·  14,407 ratings  ·  241 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...more
Hardcover, 464 pages
Published May 1st 2006 by Orchard Books (first published January 1st 2006)
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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
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...more
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...more
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 5 of 5 stars
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
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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.
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.
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
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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...more
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...more
Charliee' (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...more
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
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
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...more
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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
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.
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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...more
I took this book when I was about 10 years old and I was that idiot that took the 5th book of the series and haven't read anything about the previous ones. Well, I haven't finished it, and don't think I am going to. It was kinda boring. Maybe that's becouse I haven't read the other ones.. I have no idea...
Mohamed Doucore
I like my book Charlie Bone and the Hidden King because it has action and fantsy element.For example,on page 426-428 Charlie and crew chanted the spell to heal the city with the Red King's power that come from his tree.Also,they have a enchanter who charms Charlie mother,Amy Bone to love her,but is cured(on page 431) fromm the Red king.You would like this if you like acton and magic because they have power and evil magcians and recarnated kings and queen.One challenge is that there is difficult...more
Brilliantly written by Jenny Nimmo, this could have well been the last of the Charlie Bone series, but there are a few more books to go. My kids and I can't wait to read them. #redking #fantasy
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Ivan Chan
I was surprised yet able to enjoy this book. Never knew the music teacher was Charlie's father, but shoulda known since the music teacher was kind of in some parts of the book at almost every scene at that is what I think. Also since this book deals with endowed powers I thought only endowed powers can undo the powers that is being dealt like if you hypnotize someone only way to unhypnotize them is by getting that person to do hypnotize again, but I guess I was wrong and anything can happen. So...more
This book is about a boy named charlie who who wants to find out the real truth about his father. HIm and his friends are so close to finding out the truth about it. They go on so many mysteriuos adventures and solve so many clues that lead him to their father. But will it be him...

The connections I have in this book are I found out who my father was but it was not a mysteriuos adventure. I just asked what was his job and that was it. I also asked him what was his backround.

I rate this book a...more
Jun 01, 2012 Jenn rated it 3 of 5 stars
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I find myself simultaneously liking and not liking these books. The last two have gotten boring toward the end for me and I just wanted them to end. The people make such stupid decisions! My grandmother's frozen, but other than mentioning ever other page how worried they are, they don't do a damn thing to try and help her. The mother's enchanted and the same thing happens. Ms. Ingledew comes up with a farfetched explanation that she pulls out of her ass and suddenly it's taken as gospel. Yeah. W...more
The one thing I can't figure out is why Charlie can't figure out who his father is.

However, that said, this was probably my least favorite of the entire series. The shadow from the Red King's portrait disappears, and it may or may not be linked to disappearing pets.

Echoes again of Harry Potter - everyone blames Charlie when something bad happens, even though he had nothing to do with it. Instead, he manages to find and restore several pets belonging to friends, and is now in trouble because he...more
book five of the children of the red king series and boy is it starting to not only hit it's stride but to kick the entertainment factor up a few notches! charlie bone and his friends are at it again in this fifth book of the series. they find themselves facing a new foe, one who may very well be the most powerful they have face yet. they have to face off against someone who they only know as the shadow from the painting of the red king. now they must find out who this is and defeat his plan bef...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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