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Charlie Bone and the Shadow

(The Children of the Red King #7)

4.03  ·  Rating details ·  15,563 ratings  ·  314 reviews
When Charlie is trapped in a magical painting he must battle an evil count thirsty for revenge. Will he be able to save himself and his friends? Find out in Book 7 of Jenny Nimmo's bestselling series!

The enchanter Count Harken is back to take his revenge on the Red King's heirs, starting with Charlie Bone's family! Charlie's ancestor has been kidnapped and imprisoned in th
Hardcover, 429 pages
Published September 30th 2008 by Orchard Books (first published September 1st 2008)
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Nov 20, 2008 rated it it was amazing
A great addition to the series.
Oct 03, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: childrens
I feel like I could copy and paste one of my reviews from any of the last several books in the series and it would still detail how I feel about this particular book completely. Despite this being the seventh book in the series, the writing and characterization have failed to develop. I'm not saying that its horrible or the worst series I've ever read or anything, but the issues that I do have with it haven't improved in the slightest. I believe this particular book actually may have even gone o ...more
Jesse Salvato
Dec 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
As this book fits perfectly into the series it is very satisfying. Since the book is about Charlie being as curious as ever, stumbling into a huge problem when he has a power to go through paintings. Where as this time he traveled to an unknown destination through a picture that his aunt recently put in the basement. Unknowingly, his aunt and other people of a force are grouping together to get ride of Charlie and his friends. I truly enjoyed this book since throughout the entire book it is acti ...more
Apr 05, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya
I liked the magic in this one - fell more into the realm of magical realism that I think should be (at least partially) in every YA book! My opinion of the full series is coming to realization, too... prepare for a longer, more scrutinizing review in the upcoming, final installment.
Nov 15, 2010 rated it really liked it
Can you imagine somewhere where certain people had extraordinary powers? In the book Charlie Bone and the Shadow, where this story takes place, some people do have special powers. I read the book Charlie Bone and the Shadow and it is a great story. This story is written by Jenny Nimmo and is the seventh book in a series.

In this story an evil enchanter comes back after being defeated and banished once. Throughout most of the story is in a painting. Any body he wants he lures them down and sucks
Oct 12, 2009 rated it really liked it
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Mar 02, 2020 rated it did not like it
Shelves: own-these
Full of potential but fell short. This one does end on a big cliffhanger - so now i feel compelled to read the next one - which is a new experience in this series! So that’s better I guess?

None of the characters are developing and the plot is full of too many inconveniences that force Charlie to make incongruous decisions. i.e. Family member X , Y and Z aren’t there to help and protect Charlie so it becomes a survivalist story to see how far he can be pushed before breaking. All without positive
Oct 01, 2008 rated it it was amazing
So I really loved this book. It only takes place during one maybe two weeks of school for Charlie. Charlie is lured into a painting with the Shadow. Runner Bean is also lured for a different reason. Charlie gets out but Runner doesn't. He has to rescure Runner and Billy who also gets lured into the painting. It was so fun to read I did it in one day. If you love to read fun this book is it. ...more
Michael Perrino
Feb 18, 2016 rated it liked it
This book was okay but not as good as the other books in the series and the only reason I stuck with this book is because I just wanted to finish the series.
Jul 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Count Harkin is back. This time, he is in a painting of Badlock. The Great-aunts hide the painting in the basement of Charlie's house. They want to trap Billy Raven in the painting and they eventually succeed.

But first, Charlie goes into the painting and visits his ancestor, emprisoned there. He gets out, but Runner Bean is trapped and Benjamin, along with his parents, are angry with Charlie for that. Runner Bean is how Billy was lured to the painting,and then dragged in.

Meanwhile, Dagbert pla
Nikhil Sathyanaryana
After a few books it just gets a bit ridiculous that one side tried to murder, kidnap, and enslave the other while the other side doesn't shift the status quo. I really loved these books as a kid and tried to get through them recently to finally finish the series but it's just a bit stale. It's like if Harry Potter stated at the Dursleys the whole time and the Dursleys were actually deatheaters. It worse than that it's like if he went from the Dursleys Hogwarts which is run by Voldemort and they ...more
Oct 15, 2009 rated it liked it
Book seven in the Charlie Bone series.

The evil enchanter Count Harken is back, and his power is drawing more and more of his allies to the city. As the balance of power shifts in favor of the Red King's not-so-nice descendents, Charlie fights to save one of his ancestors, as well as Runner Bean and Billy Raven from a painting unlike anything Charlie has ever seen before.
Feb 14, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: childrens
In 1996 JK Rowling started a world wide fascination for Wizards, magic, muggles and the eternal fight against good and Evil. Jenny Nimmo has created a world similar to Hogworts and characters that are an intriguing mix. Everybody has individual powers, so you never quite know what to expect. I would recommend this series to children added 7-12
Sep 15, 2008 rated it really liked it
Just as good as the previous six in the series. Can't wait for #8. Another year?!? ...more
Feb 24, 2009 rated it really liked it
This one is great, you can sense that the end of the series is coming, and it'll be crazy to see how she ends it. ...more
Jul 06, 2009 added it
good book i can't wait for the next one to come out!!!!!!! haha there's a girl named olivia in it :) she dyes her hair alot ...more
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one word:....UNBELIEVEABLE!!
Jun 30, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sometimes I get teary eyed when I see dogs in paintings, and wonder if they might be trapped as well.
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so good
Oct 01, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone
Recommended to Abby by: kate
it was a scary sad and enjoyable book. i cant wait for the next one!
Feb 06, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: re-reads, audiobooks
Book 4, 5, 6, and 7 of this Charlie Bone series gives the reader more of the slightly weird happenings with Charlie, his friends, his not-friends and the nasty aunts and kind uncle. Rather than writing a new plot review for each one, I'll lump them together. Readers can get vested in this series by hoping that Charlie will find his father and wanting to discover who The Red Knight is, and for those reasons, mainly, one is motivated to read the whole series. I liked them well enough to pull them ...more
Mar 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
The seventh of eight books in the Children of the Red King series. You could read any of these books as a stand-alone but it would be more enjoyable if you read the series in order.

Charlie is so predictable. His Grandma Bone and her sisters use that to their advantage. Grandma Bone puts a package in the basement and Charlie just knows it is a painting. So rushing headlong into a trap, Charlie goes to the basement and checks the picture out. It is not a portrait and it is disturbing with the wind
Apr 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned
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Rex Libris
Jul 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
In this installment, the collection of evil headed by the Bloors bring a mysterious painting to Charlie's house. Charlie and the dog Runner Bean get sucked into it, and end up in Badlock, the land of Count Harken. Charlie makes it, but Runner Bean gets pulled back. To rescue Runner Bean, Billy Raven is brought over. Billy rescues Runner Bean, but is himself caught in the painting. Billy actually wants to remain in Badlock, which cannot be good because this is what the Bloors want.

Meanwhile, Dagb
Andrew Ruble
Aug 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A bit lengthy, but the author's long-winded story is finally tapering to an end. Charlie Bone is a particularly good series for young readers to build upon their abilities and gain an understanding of the flow of scenes and settings.

The gnawingly slow pace and drawn-out developments works quite well in a mystery series. It allows the mind to mull the material and wander easily in a productive way, rather than wandering due to confusion or boredom -- as can occur.

Most adults will find her repeate
Flossmoor Public Library (IL)
This is a fun and engaging juvenile book series that keeps readers guessing. It is about a 10-year-old boy named Charlie Bone who discovers that her has the special ability to hear the voices of people in photographs. Turns out there are other children with magical “endowments” and they go to school at the mysterious Bloor’s Academy. After being coerced into going to Bloor’s Academy by his indifferent grandmother, Charlie becomes entangled in a nefarious plot and recues a girl from an endowed st ...more
Feb 27, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: juvenile
A bit better than most of the other books in this series, especially with a couple of touching moments toward the end of the book.
I still feel all of these books (and the series in general) have struggled to create a strong plot with action rising to a climax. Instead, each volume feels like a series of somewhat connected events with a sudden major (and, in some cases, not so major) event with a bit of minor resolution quickly followed by the end of the story. I've started reading the last volum
Kristin DeGarmo
Apr 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Jameyanne Fuller
Jan 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was certainly not my favorite book in the series, though I am happy that a certain evil somoene is back, and I really loved the giant. I also enjoyed how everything seems to be coming to a head. But I also felt like the book’s attemptto end on a cliffhanger fell flat. I’m hopeful the last book will round this one off nicely, but I’m still not entirely sure why this series continued past book 5. We’ll see.
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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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The Children of the Red King (8 books)
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