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Charlie Bone And The Hidden King

(The Children of the Red King #5)

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Charlie Bone And The Hidden King
Published January 1st 2006
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Nov 23, 2010 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 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Book five of the series is as strong as the previous four books...

A shadow in green. An emerald. A tree that wears a crown. A frozen grandmother. Three cats of flame. A werewolf dances. And a silvery moth named Claerwen....


Time for book six!
Feb 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
That plot twist about Charlie's father was so unexpected, omg! ...more
Jacob Norby
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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 mysterious Count Harken, and forgetting her missing husband. Also all the
Anne Hamilton
Oct 10, 2012 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
Apr 10, 2011 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
Sep 03, 2016 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! ...more
Apr 02, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya
Alrighty, we are now entering the books that I haven't read yet... MY CHILDHOOD IS SOON TO BE COMPLETED...

PS - Now I know why I stopped at this one...
May 17, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Oh, my children!" sighed the king. And then he was gone.
But the tears flowed on, coursing down the furrowed trunk, red as blood.
Mathonwy stared at the tears in dismay. He tried to stem them with his wand, but on they flowed. So, summoning all the wit, the poetry and the magic that was in his soul, Mathonwy cast a spell. "One day, my friend", he said, "your children will come to find you, and oh, what a day that will be!"


With this reading, I'm beginning to remember what I loved about this bo
C.J. Milbrandt
At this point, there's very little I can say without spoilering early books in the series, and I do detest spoilers. Needless to say, new problems are multiplying nearly as quickly as old ones are settled. Feasts and faculty. Enchantments and eavesdropping. Bridges and Bloors. Missing animals and moonlight.

Already well into the next book!

May 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved this book!
Beth Polaski
Feb 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The suspense! The plot twist of Charlie’s father! The evil carelessness of his family! I can’t believe I didn’t put it together sooner! Eager to order the remaining books from this series!
Hi, my name is Tarryn and this series makes me cry every single book.
Dinnu Reads Books
I am starting to like this series more and more, it's warm and dreamy! The characters make humanly mistakes but they learn and nice things tend to happen to nice people in the end! 😊 ...more
Jun 24, 2010 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 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
Feb 06, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks, re-reads
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
I think three stars is going to be a pretty consistent rating across all the books in this series, since they're not incredibly mind-blowing, and the writing itself can even be a bit messy at times and not fully fleshed out. BUT if I were to rate this against the other books in the series, I would definitely say this was one of the better books and was closer in quality to the first.

One thing I was especially pleased with by the end was Charlie reuniting with his father—FINALLY, considering it w
Nov 02, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, childrens
(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
Oct 15, 2009 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 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.
Apr 15, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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.
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... ...more
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. ...more
Mel Hawk
Jan 18, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Charlie's pops is alive again! onto number 6 ...more
Nov 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I just found out this is a sequel to charlie bone 8
22 August 2020. Finished Charlie Bone and the Hidden King, but Jenny Nimmo.

Rating - 2 stars
Genre - Fantasy
Audience - Middle Grade

I've attempted this series a couple of times, and never got past book 4. I couldn't remember why. I figured it was a combination of losing interest, getting distracted, and just not finding a convenient copy of the book.

However, having picked this series up again, I'm seeing and remembering the problems, such as Asian micro-aggressions (just in this book), plot lines c
Feb 17, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: juvenile
I may owe Jenny Nimmo an apology. Reading this series, one of my biggest complaints has been that the books are simplistically written - that the characters, the dialog, and the plot itself lack any depth. And I thought that was because the books were poorly written. But last week, I was talking to one of our children's librarians, and she brought up the idea that Nimmo intentionally wrote the books this way. Say your 5th grader is reading the Harry Potter series, and your 2nd grader also wants ...more
It is the winter term, begun again. Tancred is encouraged to make it snow by the Flames, who tell Billy that they want to try to prevent an object from being found. They did not succeed. All the animals fled to safety.

The Bloors were not happy that Charlie and Billy got detention the weekend of the Heads and a Grand Ball. It was here that it was revealed who found the object and what they did with it! Charlie had noticed that the shadow in the portrait of the Red King was no longer as long and
Aug 18, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: middle school children, 11-13 year old
One morning, Charlie wakes up to snow and no animals in sight - no dogs, cats, even birds! He begins to worry that Runner Bean, his friend Benjamin's dog, will not be found or returned before Benjamin returns from China. As always, Charlie and his friends work together to solve the mystery but it was a new friend Naren who leads the way. The animals, having felt the earth rumble, ran away to Naren's family home hidden away from the Bloors. Her father Bartholomew Bloor has turned his back on his ...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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Other books in the series

The Children of the Red King (8 books)
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  • 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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