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Over 3.4 million Charlie Bone books in print!!! Charlie's power is taking on a new dimension as he meets a new cast of characters, including Mr. Pilgrim's replacement, Tantalus Ebony, and the mysterious new student Joshua Tilpin, who appears to be magnetic. But Charlie isn't the only one dealing with changes . . . Billy has been adopted by a child-hating couple called the O Over 3.4 million Charlie Bone books in print!!! Charlie's power is taking on a new dimension as he meets a new cast of characters, including Mr. Pilgrim's replacement, Tantalus Ebony, and the mysterious new student Joshua Tilpin, who appears to be magnetic. But Charlie isn't the only one dealing with changes . . . Billy has been adopted by a child-hating couple called the O'Gres, who carry a gray bag of oaths wherever they go, pressuring Billy to sign an oath of obedience, and locking him behind a force field in an odd place called The Passing House. Will Charlie be able to rescue Billy and uncover the mystery behind Joshua's power? Book Details: Format: Hardcover Publication Date: 7/1/2005 Pages: 432 Reading Level: Age 8 and Up


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Over 3.4 million Charlie Bone books in print!!! Charlie's power is taking on a new dimension as he meets a new cast of characters, including Mr. Pilgrim's replacement, Tantalus Ebony, and the mysterious new student Joshua Tilpin, who appears to be magnetic. But Charlie isn't the only one dealing with changes . . . Billy has been adopted by a child-hating couple called the O Over 3.4 million Charlie Bone books in print!!! Charlie's power is taking on a new dimension as he meets a new cast of characters, including Mr. Pilgrim's replacement, Tantalus Ebony, and the mysterious new student Joshua Tilpin, who appears to be magnetic. But Charlie isn't the only one dealing with changes . . . Billy has been adopted by a child-hating couple called the O'Gres, who carry a gray bag of oaths wherever they go, pressuring Billy to sign an oath of obedience, and locking him behind a force field in an odd place called The Passing House. Will Charlie be able to rescue Billy and uncover the mystery behind Joshua's power? Book Details: Format: Hardcover Publication Date: 7/1/2005 Pages: 432 Reading Level: Age 8 and Up

30 review for Charlie Bone and the Castle of Mirrors

  1. 5 out of 5

    Furrawn

    A moth. Horse bones. A buried heart. A good witch and an apple tree. A castle turned to glass by horror. Awesome 4th book in the series!

  2. 4 out of 5

    ⚓Its me Irina the READER⚓

    I read all of the books in this wonderful series a couple of years ago! And found out that I hadn't rated them so here it is!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Dinnu Reads Books

    It's a nice and simple middle grade book series and I am quite interested in where this story is eventually going! 🙂

  4. 4 out of 5

    Jaemi

    When I found the latest Children of the Red King book in the catalog I was really excited. Luckily I only had to wait about a week for the hold to be filled, and then I read the book in an afternoon. (Plus an hour.) In this year's adventure, Charlie heads back to school only to discover some of his key up-points are not in fact present. Manfred Bloor is not in fact gone, neither is his creature-mate Asa Pike, and Mr. Pilgrim, the popular piano teacher, is missing. Even the good news that his frie When I found the latest Children of the Red King book in the catalog I was really excited. Luckily I only had to wait about a week for the hold to be filled, and then I read the book in an afternoon. (Plus an hour.) In this year's adventure, Charlie heads back to school only to discover some of his key up-points are not in fact present. Manfred Bloor is not in fact gone, neither is his creature-mate Asa Pike, and Mr. Pilgrim, the popular piano teacher, is missing. Even the good news that his friend Billy will finally be getting a set of parents carries no joy. As well it shouldn't. I still tend to explain these books as "Like Harry Potter, only not." About all they have in common is crazy hair and going to a school for the endowed. But if you like magic and you like a fast-paced adventure and you like Harry, you'll love Charlie Bone. Phantom horses, mystical castles, and more antics than the previous years will leave you turning the last page with the hopes that Book 5 is not far behind.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Ashtin

    I was very amazed throughout reading this book! The author had a great use or word choice and an excellent perception of the settings. The author had me gripping my chair because of the suspense and mystery on what would happen during certain events in the book. I never wanted to put the book down because I wanted to know what was going to happen to Charlie next or how was Charlie going to get out of this situation. I was very surprised at how the author changed the point of view throughout the c I was very amazed throughout reading this book! The author had a great use or word choice and an excellent perception of the settings. The author had me gripping my chair because of the suspense and mystery on what would happen during certain events in the book. I never wanted to put the book down because I wanted to know what was going to happen to Charlie next or how was Charlie going to get out of this situation. I was very surprised at how the author changed the point of view throughout the characters. Sometime you would be reading from Charlie's eyes but then it would shift to another character. Even though the point of view shifted between characters sometimes, the main point was always brought back to Charlie's point of view. I like how the author made me feel as though I was actually with Charlie and experiencing Charlie's encounters. I felt as though I was actually inside the book.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Kevin

    The tables start to turn... Liking the lore that Jenny Nimmo is incorporating into the series. It's also silly how suspicious everyone is of everyone... and how everyone always seems to have a FEELING about something that magically ends up being true. It isn't the subtlest series, but still enjoying the innocence of it all! The tables start to turn... Liking the lore that Jenny Nimmo is incorporating into the series. It's also silly how suspicious everyone is of everyone... and how everyone always seems to have a FEELING about something that magically ends up being true. It isn't the subtlest series, but still enjoying the innocence of it all!

  7. 4 out of 5

    C.J. Milbrandt

    Returning for his second year at school, Charlie searches for a way to help his friends and restore balance at Bloor Academy. Histories and Hong Kong. Oaths and angels. Mismatched eyes and silvery moths. Buried hearts and blessed dogs. Worrisome foes, yet glimmers of great hope. This is good storytelling!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Nilsson

    I hope no one ever asks me to be a godfather. They seem always to be dying.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Max Miramontes

    I like Charlie Bone and the Castle Of Mirrors because it adds a lot of adventure and interesting details into the story. Like with Billy and Charlie staying back for the weekend. It adds lots of mystery to the story’s timeline and lots of clues. I would recommend this book if you like something adventurous and mysterious.

  10. 5 out of 5

    bup

    The magical children of Bland Academy set off on another uninspired adventure that take them to a mirrored castle that really doesn't do anything, and they defeat some bad guys and I don't really get the point of anything. My favorite thing about the book by far is that the kid, at least as drawn on the cover, looks kind of like Art Stukas. Clearly a ripoff of Harry Potter, and clearly written for a lower grade level, and clearly written by somebody who has observed people but doesn't get them. So The magical children of Bland Academy set off on another uninspired adventure that take them to a mirrored castle that really doesn't do anything, and they defeat some bad guys and I don't really get the point of anything. My favorite thing about the book by far is that the kid, at least as drawn on the cover, looks kind of like Art Stukas. Clearly a ripoff of Harry Potter, and clearly written for a lower grade level, and clearly written by somebody who has observed people but doesn't get them. So activities and appearances and magical quirks substitute for real character. I imagine the author has a bunch of note cards tacked to the board behind her monitor- Charlie Bone - tall - funny hair - impetou impechuou control issues Billy Raven - short - white hair - talks to animals (remember - animals talk like Elmo!) Paton - tall - light bulbs break wherever he goes - likes Julia It leads to excellent writing such as these passages demonstrate: Charlie got a brief glimpse of Lysander's house as they passed a pair of tall wrought-iron gates. Lysander's father was the famous Judge Sage and the house reflected his important position. If Albert was shocked, he didn't show it. Maybe some of his memories were coming back to him. Memories that were so bad, nothing would ever surprise him again. She threw Charlie a quick, furtive glance and then disappeared. Curious about her strange behavior, Charlie ran across the road. See? There's nothing terrible in there, but nothing interesting either. Even the magic is dull and pointless. It reads like an outline fleshed out by Jack Webb. I'm beginning to understand that what J.K. Rowling accomplished is really pretty special.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Lindsay

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Charlies Bone is back yet again! He heads back to Bloors Academy and finds out that his friend Billy Raven is being adopted by the de Gray's. But Charlie suspects the de Gray's are not the kind loving family Billy has always dreamed of. Billy's true guardian reveals himself and sends Charlie and Billy caught up in a spinning mystery that has to do with the Castle of Mirrors. A new villian, Joshua Tilpin, emerges and is his magnetism a new threat or is it harmless and is Olivia Virtigo's endowmen Charlies Bone is back yet again! He heads back to Bloors Academy and finds out that his friend Billy Raven is being adopted by the de Gray's. But Charlie suspects the de Gray's are not the kind loving family Billy has always dreamed of. Billy's true guardian reveals himself and sends Charlie and Billy caught up in a spinning mystery that has to do with the Castle of Mirrors. A new villian, Joshua Tilpin, emerges and is his magnetism a new threat or is it harmless and is Olivia Virtigo's endowment something the Bloors will discover? This book is a hilarious riot and I should probably leave it at that but it's me so I won't. I just don't know where to start and I don't really want to give away any more spoilers. Charlie is caught between trying to rescue his friend Billy and visiting the Castle of Mirrors hoping that he will find his father there. In the meantime, Olivia is peeling away apple after apple when the peal seems to be endless. The balance is taken away from Bloors and Cooks rooms turn lopsided as an effect. The action is endless and the laughter is plenty with this book. I'd recommend it for any Harry Potter lover and anyone 12 and up. It is the 4th installment in the Children of the Red King Series.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Sonia Gomes

    Another one in the series of the Children of the Red King. We get to know the Endowed Children better and as human beings Charlie who can jump into pictures is shown to us as the vulnerable little boy,desperately in search of his father, believed to be hypnotized. Risks his life and Billy's to search for a safe place for Billy but in reality trying to see if the man trapped in the Glass Castle is his father. Billy, a sad orphan, who can talk to animals, longing for a family, never getting adopted. Another one in the series of the Children of the Red King. We get to know the Endowed Children better and as human beings Charlie who can jump into pictures is shown to us as the vulnerable little boy,desperately in search of his father, believed to be hypnotized. Risks his life and Billy's to search for a safe place for Billy but in reality trying to see if the man trapped in the Glass Castle is his father. Billy, a sad orphan, who can talk to animals, longing for a family, never getting adopted. Betrays Billy for a room of his own and a chance to be adopted. Manfred, who is slowly losing his powers of hypnotising others. Asa, the endowed, a sort of werewolf, desperately looking for support and admiration for all the hideous jobs he does for the Bloors. Lysander who gets his family of spirits to help whenever required. Tancred who can stir up storms. Olivia, who tries so hard to deny that she is endowed, but has such wonderful gift They are all shown as humans with desires and most of all loneliness which we all face, Sometimes, I think children's books deal with loneliness and the sadness that it brings better than Adult Books

  13. 4 out of 5

    Joanna

    My seven year old continues to love this series. I think it's a great series for younger readers who like fantasy stories. A slightly better reader than my son could read these himself. As an adult reader, these stories are merely okay. The characters remain relatively simple and good and bad clearly and completely delineated. The castle of mirrors was a cool idea, if somewhat poorly executed here. The idea of a castle that burned in a (magical?) fire such that it essentially turned to glass (mi My seven year old continues to love this series. I think it's a great series for younger readers who like fantasy stories. A slightly better reader than my son could read these himself. As an adult reader, these stories are merely okay. The characters remain relatively simple and good and bad clearly and completely delineated. The castle of mirrors was a cool idea, if somewhat poorly executed here. The idea of a castle that burned in a (magical?) fire such that it essentially turned to glass (mirrors, get it?) is great. But nothing much is going on there. This author has several cool ideas and images, but she's having trouble stringing plots together that showcase these ideas in a truly interesting or compelling way. Maybe it's because she's trying to keep it simple enough for younger kids, but it's making the books fall flat for the adult reader here. Recommended for middle grade readers who like fantasy and want something a bit easier to read than Harry Potter.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Jacob Norby

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Personal Response I think this was an okay book, the book was a little confusing as there was a lot going on at some points. Another problem is that some parts of the book were also a little boring. Other than these flaws the book is mostly interesting and it keeps readers intrigued for the most part. Plot Summary Charlie and his friends are back for another semester at Bloor's Academy. His friend Billy is finally going to be adopted, but it turns out that his new parents aren't as nice as Billy wa Personal Response I think this was an okay book, the book was a little confusing as there was a lot going on at some points. Another problem is that some parts of the book were also a little boring. Other than these flaws the book is mostly interesting and it keeps readers intrigued for the most part. Plot Summary Charlie and his friends are back for another semester at Bloor's Academy. His friend Billy is finally going to be adopted, but it turns out that his new parents aren't as nice as Billy was told. Billy moves into a house with them named The Passing House and has to sign an oath that states many things that he cannot do while living with them. Charlie finds out about this and wants to break Billy out. Recommendation I would recommend this book to people who have enjoyed the previous Charlie Bone books and like fantasy books. The book isn't the best fantasy book out there but it still can entertain the reader.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Emma Lauren

    Charlie Bone and the Castle of Mirrors by Jenny Nimmo was the fourth installment of the Charlie Bone Series, and once again, succeeded in being fairly underwhelming. While the storyline is decent, and the characters are interesting, the transitions from one chapter to another, even from one scene to another are very choppy and poorly written. The big and suspenseful moments are written in the span of one paragraph, leaving the reader feeling confused. In this book, there was supposed to be a gre Charlie Bone and the Castle of Mirrors by Jenny Nimmo was the fourth installment of the Charlie Bone Series, and once again, succeeded in being fairly underwhelming. While the storyline is decent, and the characters are interesting, the transitions from one chapter to another, even from one scene to another are very choppy and poorly written. The big and suspenseful moments are written in the span of one paragraph, leaving the reader feeling confused. In this book, there was supposed to be a great war horse, but it turned out to be friendly, and the enemy was just the same old man who made a mistake. Nothing really changed over the course of this book, other than one child finding out and accepting that she was endowed, which for some reason she hated, even though she always resented her other endowed friends. I want to know how this series ends, but frankly, I'm unimpressed.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Sanjana

    5/5 This was a reread for me as I read this series as a child. I really love this book because it marks a departure from the previous 3 books. Here, we see each of the children of the Red King start to have more agency, and what I really loved was how Charlie was a really flawed character who learned and grew from his mistakes. He often heads into things without thinking, and in this book, he really starts to see the negative consequences of that. I also loved the teamwork of all the characters i 5/5 This was a reread for me as I read this series as a child. I really love this book because it marks a departure from the previous 3 books. Here, we see each of the children of the Red King start to have more agency, and what I really loved was how Charlie was a really flawed character who learned and grew from his mistakes. He often heads into things without thinking, and in this book, he really starts to see the negative consequences of that. I also loved the teamwork of all the characters in this book, and I felt that each of the characters outside of Charlie started to have their own arc of a character which I loved. This book had me on edge and different secrets were uncovered about the Red King, and overall, this was a pleasant reread.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Katrina

    I've been reading this whole series to my 12 y.o. daughter and we have enjoyed it. Some books kept our interest more than others, but here at the end, things feel like they're coming to a head (instead of the situation just continually getting worse). Some things come together and make more sense and Charlie has gained a lot of confidence and courage to do what he needs to do.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Catherine

    So far, my favorites have been the 1st and 3rd books in the series. Although I was glad that Billy Raven was helped in this book. I felt really bad for Charlie at his disappointment in one part of the book, although I wasn't surprised because I had seen it coming. I am interested to see what else will happen to the children of the Red King before the series comes to a close.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Ethan

    It was good. It was about a boy who has a strange endowment and has a family history of endowments, and he also attends a horrible school called Bloor's Academy, for kids with talents or endowments. I recommend this book.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Melinda

    entertaining. A poor man's Harry Potter. not a high recommend from me, but your kids might like it.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Gloria

    It is the beginning of the Fall semester again. Billy has been relatively good according to the Bloors, so they find him a family. The Bloors and the Yewbeam sisters were experimenting with raising a horse with the heart of an ancestor, but it was semi-ruined when Manfred sneezed. Ezekiel Bloor was not happy. The deGreys are the family that adopted Billy. The father can make force fields, the mother has a way with "oaths" or contracts. Billy is more trapped in their house than ever, and desires It is the beginning of the Fall semester again. Billy has been relatively good according to the Bloors, so they find him a family. The Bloors and the Yewbeam sisters were experimenting with raising a horse with the heart of an ancestor, but it was semi-ruined when Manfred sneezed. Ezekiel Bloor was not happy. The deGreys are the family that adopted Billy. The father can make force fields, the mother has a way with "oaths" or contracts. Billy is more trapped in their house than ever, and desires to be rescued. Charlie's Uncle Paton believes the Bloors and the Yewbeam sisters want control of Billy because he is descended from the rightful owner of the Castle of Mirrors (created when one brother set fire to the other brother's castle). Olivia is dealing with a particular problem, and she does not want to admit that she is descended from the Red King with particular gifts. Billy is rescued; the horse that was brought back has the Queen Mother's heart, not the heart of the tyrant son; and Uncle Paton is saved by a sacrifice by a near stranger. The balance of the school is put back to rights when Olivia uses her gifts to free Tancred from Justin's magnetism. Olivia also helps Uncle Paton in giving Billy some freedom from the school. Gabriel is attacked, and moved to the hospital where a commotion sets in when a gerbil is brought by visitors (it may also have been Billy with Rembrandt, a rat).

  22. 5 out of 5

    Sally

    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 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 out as a re-read (audiobook listen) when I found myself bereft of new things to read for a while. I do not agree with reviewers that compare this series to Harry Potter, either favorably or as a poor competitor. Although there are some ideas that could be deemed parallels, I think this series has a character of its own. I think that young readers who like the stories with magic and clever youngsters would like this series and perhaps would like it better than HP. My favorite character: Runner Bean, the neighbor boy's pet dog.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Julia

    Deep in the ruin, tall ivy-covered walls surrounded a green and secret courtyard. In the centre stood a tree with red-gold leaves. A sound came from the tree, music of a kind that Emma had never heard. Alighting on a wall she saw a white horse cropping the grass beneath the tree. Emma had no doubt that the tree and the horse belonged together, and that they were a part of a world that was altogether different from her own. *3.5 The "Children of the Red King" series was one of my favorites growing Deep in the ruin, tall ivy-covered walls surrounded a green and secret courtyard. In the centre stood a tree with red-gold leaves. A sound came from the tree, music of a kind that Emma had never heard. Alighting on a wall she saw a white horse cropping the grass beneath the tree. Emma had no doubt that the tree and the horse belonged together, and that they were a part of a world that was altogether different from her own. *3.5 The "Children of the Red King" series was one of my favorites growing up, I loved the story and the characters. Unfortunately, the publisher that translated it into Spanish only published it until the third book, and I didn't have a good level of English to continue it. Finally, the day came when I realized that it's available on Scribd, so it's time to know how this saga ends. I'm so excited!

  24. 5 out of 5

    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 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 student’s hypnosis, only to find out that she wasn’t the only victim…his missing father has been found as well! -Miss Emily

  25. 4 out of 5

    Gita Savitri Putri

    OH I REALLY LOVE THIS SERIES!! 💕 An excellent middle grade fantasy! I really like this book, the fourth book of Children of The Red King : Charlie Bone and The Castle of Mirrors. The 3rd book was too predictable but this book is really great! Good story plot, intense actions, good twist, beautiful description paragraph that made my imaginations goes wild and have a lot of good laugh materials too. Maybe, I'll continue the fifth book in this year. It's too interesting to be postponed until next year OH I REALLY LOVE THIS SERIES!! 💕 An excellent middle grade fantasy! I really like this book, the fourth book of Children of The Red King : Charlie Bone and The Castle of Mirrors. The 3rd book was too predictable but this book is really great! Good story plot, intense actions, good twist, beautiful description paragraph that made my imaginations goes wild and have a lot of good laugh materials too. Maybe, I'll continue the fifth book in this year. It's too interesting to be postponed until next year! I'll complete the review later :3

  26. 4 out of 5

    Thomas Wenn

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This eight-book series just seems to get better and better. Each character becomes more interesting and well rounded. Billy and Olivia especially. This being the fourth instalment in the series adds more into the Charlie Bone lore and history of the Red King's family. Olivia struggle to accept her endowment is really interesting to read and how she puts it to use. The friendships are challenged even more and each of the endowed protagonists get to showcase how useful their gifts can be.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Kristin Lansdown

    The beginning of this book is written like when you have a story to tell a friend but you’re only going to see them in the hallway and you don’t have your next few class together. It’s like a breathless dump of action lol. But the pacing gets better like 1/4th of the way in. I wasn’t very invested in this Castle of Mirrors despite it being the central title of the book. There were MUCH more interesting things happening and luckily they weren’t given away.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Twyla

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. When did Charlie get a trumpet? In the first few books, or for at least the first book, he played the recorder, not a trumpet. My favorite part of this book was when the horse that the Bloor's brought alive had the queen's heart, not Borlath's. My least favorite part was when the balance was ruined because there were more of the mean endowed than nice endowed.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Jameyanne Fuller

    As usual, there was a lot of good stuff going on this book. It wass a very fast, enjoyable read. Unfortunately, some of the plotlines I was most interested in—for example Olivia’s journey in this book—were not explored as fully as I would have liked. But it was definitely a fun read.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    Starting to really hate how much the adults in these books abuse the children and call them stupid/idiot. How can that continue to happen? How does that make this a good series for children to read? Still a cute-ish story and easy to listen to when I need some background noise.

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