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

3.98  ·  Rating Details ·  19,025 Ratings  ·  298 Reviews
Charlie Bone And The Hidden King
Published January 1st 2006
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Nov 23, 2010 Jennifer rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 24, 2017 Kristi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
That plot twist about Charlie's father was so unexpected, omg!
Anne Hamilton
Oct 10, 2012 Anne Hamilton rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Personal Response
This book was pretty decent. My main problem with this one is that the other books in the series usually kept me interested throughout, but this one doesn't really keep my interest until the very end.
Plot Summary
Charlie Bone is now 12 years old and going back to Bloor's Academy for school. All sorts of strange starts happening like Charlie's Grandmother being frozen solid, his mother being won over by the new owner of the grocery store, and all the animals in town disappearing.
Jun 24, 2010 Drebbles rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 27, 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
Apr 10, 2011 Books4m rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 15, 2009 Debbie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jan 13, 2013 Matthew rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Sep 03, 2016 Maddy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens
While I once again enjoyed the story as a whole, the book failed to improve from the last installment. I keep hanging onto this series because I'm hoping it'll improve but, so far, it has not. Nevertheless, I plan to continue to read the series and see what new stories unfold for the children of the red king!
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.
Mel Hawk
Jan 18, 2016 Mel Hawk rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Charlie's pops is alive again! onto number 6
Nov 20, 2015 Josh rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I just found out this is a sequel to charlie bone 8
Mar 15, 2017 Karen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is thw fifth book in the Children of the Rwd King Series and it flows along with the rest of the books.

Charlie and the other endowed children do their homework in a room with a painting of thwir ancestor, the Rwd King. It is the only picture that Charlie has not been able to travel in and talk to the person in the portrait. There is a shadow that seems to be blocking him. Charlie realizes one night that the shadow has moved. Does this have anything to do with how the balance of good vs bad
Deborah Dempsey
Feb 16, 2017 Deborah Dempsey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-aloud
My 11 year old really enjoys these books. They are full of action and interesting characters... this book throws in some new ones and I am not sure if we will see them again or if they were just put in for the plot of this one book. It sometimes seems that the whole arc of the story wasn't planned from the beginning. 3 more books to go! I'm looking forward to seeing if it ever comes all together...crossing my fingers that there is a grand finale that makes all of these books worth while!
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
Dec 22, 2008 Nic rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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
Aug 15, 2014 Rowan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Charlie' (MyBooksAreCorrupted)
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
Chelsea Mather
Apr 19, 2014 Chelsea Mather rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
My son and I have been tearing through this series. For the first time, we listened to part of this one as an audiobook during a long drive we took together. The narrator did a great job bringing the story to life. That said, the narrator has a bit of a British accent, which I think my son found slightly hard to understand at times.

This book is my favorite of the series so far. The adults here continue to be completely useless and generally clueless, but its forgivable given the target audience
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Nov 19, 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
Mohamed Doucore
Jun 26, 2012 Mohamed Doucore rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
May 21, 2014 Melinda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 27, 2017 Sally rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Apr 11, 2014 Gregory rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
May 05, 2014 Stacy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Sep 01, 2009 Dramane rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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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)
  • 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)

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