Midnight for Charlie Bone (The Children of the Red King #1)
Charlie doesn't want to believe it when he discovers that he can hear the thoughts of people in photographs. But his horrible aunts are delighted – it means that he is one of the chosen and must attend the Bloor's Academy for gifted children. Once there, Charlie realizes that some of his classmates have equally mysterious powers, and soon C ...more
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I have only a few things to comment on, the first being Jenny Nimmo’s writi ...more
"I liked Midnight For Charlie Bone because it was exciting and there were loads of secrets. At the end, it's nice when you find out what the secrets are. I liked the characters because they are very different. Olivia Vertigo was my favourite because she was weird! I didn't like that it didn't tell you what was in the ruin, because I wanted to know.
I really liked this book. I think ...more
Recommended to ages eleven and up due to some suspense/scariness, mildly sad themes, and (depending on your personal view of this) magic.
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First of all, I would like to say that my overall impression of this is that Midnight for Charlie Bone and the accompanying books in the series are actually a Harry Potter series written for a younger audience. So if any young adult or adult readers have younger siblings or children who want to read Harry Potter and are too young, have no fear! This is the perfect series to ...more
Yes, there is an 11 year old boy who has a magical “ability”. Yes, there is a special school for children with these abilities. Apart from that, the story is quite different. I had to push the Harry Potter thought out of my head and start thinking Charlie Bone, because wherever I got that idea…I was wrong…and it was ...more
I would recommend this book to 10 -13 year olds. Keeping in mind that age range, it isn't a bad read.
There are flaws. Characters are either good guys or bad guys. Overall, the book is VERY derivative of Harry Potter in a manner that is almost laughable.
But ignoring that and keeping in mind the intended age-group, it is a fun and exciting adventure.
How this came to be a successful series I don't know. The writing is god awful, the story as unoriginal as you can get, and the characters are all unbelievably dense.
Charlie bone had a special picture blown up for his best friend’s birthday present. His mom picks it up from Kwik Foto, but when Charlie opens up the package, it’s not his order. He stares at the photo of a man holding a baby, mesmerized. Then a conversation floods his mind. He can hear a woman and a man talking about the baby. Charlie convinces himself that he imagined it, but Grandma Bone has her own theory.
His grandma enrolls him at Bloor’s Academy, a school for gift ...more
Midnight for Charlie Bone by Jenny Nimmo is the first book of the Charlie Bone series. I would recommend this series to anyone who is a fan of modern fantasy and is looking for a good series to keep them occupied. The first book is about Charlie Bone, who discovers he is a descendant of the Red King, who holds magical powers and passed them on to his kids, who then kept passing them on. Unfortunately, half of his descendants are evil and the other half are good. Charlie’s grandmother and her sis...more
I didn't love the book in the beginning. Wait, that's a lie, I did. I loved the prologue. From there on, I didn't love the book in the beginning. Once we started to meet the people in the academy, though, it really got going and I went all in.
There was something about the writing that felt, for lack of a better word, clunky all the way through. Certain things were too obvious and seemed too simple. Those gripes didn't bog me down too much though, because I really ...more
I was really looking forward to this book so I'm pretty disappointed with the outcome.
This was honestly so much fun to dive into again, after all these years, and fall in love with the story all over again. Considering everything and considering all the books I've read since reading this, I can say that this is actually a really, really good book series. The writing is lovely and incredibly descriptive and gave off v ...more
10-year-old Charlie lives in a house with his mother, two grandmothers, and uncle. His father supposedly died in a car acc ...more
It's similar to Harry Potter in that there is a boy and he has a magical ability and end up at a boarding school. That's really about it, though. The magic is different and so is the school. The book is also written at a lower reading level than Harry Potter. I think a kid who has read all of HP might find th ...more
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