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Time is running out for Charlie Bone . . . Charlies hopes that the new term at Bloor's Academy will hold no nasty surprises. But then Henry Yewbeam appears, twisted through time from the icy winter of 1916. With the scheming Yewbeam aunts on the prowl, and the Bloors out to catch him, Henry will need Charlie's help just to stay alive. Bloor's Academy can be a very dangerous Time is running out for Charlie Bone . . . Charlies hopes that the new term at Bloor's Academy will hold no nasty surprises. But then Henry Yewbeam appears, twisted through time from the icy winter of 1916. With the scheming Yewbeam aunts on the prowl, and the Bloors out to catch him, Henry will need Charlie's help just to stay alive. Bloor's Academy can be a very dangerous place . . . Book Two in The Children of the Red King series!


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Time is running out for Charlie Bone . . . Charlies hopes that the new term at Bloor's Academy will hold no nasty surprises. But then Henry Yewbeam appears, twisted through time from the icy winter of 1916. With the scheming Yewbeam aunts on the prowl, and the Bloors out to catch him, Henry will need Charlie's help just to stay alive. Bloor's Academy can be a very dangerous Time is running out for Charlie Bone . . . Charlies hopes that the new term at Bloor's Academy will hold no nasty surprises. But then Henry Yewbeam appears, twisted through time from the icy winter of 1916. With the scheming Yewbeam aunts on the prowl, and the Bloors out to catch him, Henry will need Charlie's help just to stay alive. Bloor's Academy can be a very dangerous place . . . Book Two in The Children of the Red King series!

30 review for Charlie Bone and the Time Twister

  1. 5 out of 5

    Larissa

    Good book. Unfortunately, not as good as the first book. It did have a "very nice personal moment" with the strange piano teacher Mr.Pilgim, that I really enjoyed .

  2. 5 out of 5

    Amanda Trumpower

    As I've said, I *really* want to like this series. I love spec-fic set in a boarding school. But this one....this one had some major issues I struggled to forgive. My biggest beef is how absurd the character's reactions are to practically anything. Oh, there's a (view spoiler)[ten year old boy who's just been living up in the attic for years, avoiding these terrible people and not running away because of a flimsy line of reasoning? (hide spoiler)] A beautiful little girl is (view spoiler)[discover As I've said, I *really* want to like this series. I love spec-fic set in a boarding school. But this one....this one had some major issues I struggled to forgive. My biggest beef is how absurd the character's reactions are to practically anything. Oh, there's a (view spoiler)[ten year old boy who's just been living up in the attic for years, avoiding these terrible people and not running away because of a flimsy line of reasoning? (hide spoiler)] A beautiful little girl is (view spoiler)[discovered to be a thousand year old witch-hag, but students still go with it when the little girl comes to their classes? (hide spoiler)] Charlie's uncle is made deathly ill by his evil grandmother, and their solution is to just let him lie in his room IN THE SAME HOUSE AS THE WOMAN WHO TRIED TO KILL HIM and hope he gets better?!? The girlfriend of Charlie's uncle is scared away by one mean thing the grandmother says, never thinking to investigate the strange going-ons, never thinking to sneak past the grandma to check on things? Charlie's own mother just puts up with the constant danger Charlie is in because she lets people who HATE HIM and want to CONTROL HIM or KILL HIM come in and out of the house as they please?!? There's so much more. Teachers disappear. Kids disappear. Kids are attacked, bitten, tied up, and threatened at school yet never once do they call the police and never once do they refuse to go back to the school, NEVER MIND THEY ARE FREE TO LEAVE EVERY WEEKEND. I smiled at a fair amount of dialogue and laughed a few times. It really is a cute concept. But the characterization and reaction of the characters make the whole thing feel like an absurdist farce rather than immersion into another world. Disappointing.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Mike (the Paladin)

    Again a good series...a boy from the past gets "slung" into the future by a speicial magic "marble". Bummer huh? Since he can never go back...history has moved on without him and now he has to make his way in the present. Too bad the one who tricked him into using the Time Twister is still around (though an old, old man now...old Ezekiel Bloor, top dog at the school) and he'd still like to "do away" with his cousin Henry, and also of course Charlei who is also related and in the stew up to his o Again a good series...a boy from the past gets "slung" into the future by a speicial magic "marble". Bummer huh? Since he can never go back...history has moved on without him and now he has to make his way in the present. Too bad the one who tricked him into using the Time Twister is still around (though an old, old man now...old Ezekiel Bloor, top dog at the school) and he'd still like to "do away" with his cousin Henry, and also of course Charlei who is also related and in the stew up to his own neck.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Nicole

    This was a great continuation to the series and more is starting to come out about Charlie's missing father, although, again, I think it's pretty obvious to adults reading it where he is. There's enough going on in the story that you don't think too much about his dad, though. This is a fun, fast-paced, fantasy series that's not quite as serious as Harry Potter but is a good place for younger kids to start before getting into the Harry Potter books, which I think are pretty heavy for them.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Furrawn

    I’ve just read this book for the second time. I don’t think Jenny Nimmo’s books are very well known here in the states. The books are immersive and quite wonderful. Very different from Harry Potter... and yet, if you love HP, you should give this series a try. These books are perfect for a Netflix series... just sayin’.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Rida

    Great book love it =)

  7. 5 out of 5

    Carolyn

    i liked this book out of the whole series. I don't know why but it was my type of book. yep.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Lisa

    This is the 2nd book in The Children of the Red King series! Time is running out for Charlie Bone . . . Charlies hopes that the new term at Bloor's Academy will hold no nasty surprises. But then Henry Yewbeam appears, twisted through time from the icy winter of 1916. With the scheming Yewbeam aunts on the prowl, and the Bloors out to catch him, Henry will need Charlie's help just to stay alive. Bloor's Academy can be a very dangerous place . . . I'm rereading this series for the (maybe) 5th time an This is the 2nd book in The Children of the Red King series! Time is running out for Charlie Bone . . . Charlies hopes that the new term at Bloor's Academy will hold no nasty surprises. But then Henry Yewbeam appears, twisted through time from the icy winter of 1916. With the scheming Yewbeam aunts on the prowl, and the Bloors out to catch him, Henry will need Charlie's help just to stay alive. Bloor's Academy can be a very dangerous place . . . I'm rereading this series for the (maybe) 5th time and still love it :) Some people say it's similar to Harry Potter and i can see similarities. The 2nd book isn't the best one in my opinion but not the worst(even though there is no bad one in this series), but i really like the ending of this one. (view spoiler)[that Henry and his brother finally get the chance to see each other again; that was so sweet :) and the overall fact that Charlie get to help his ancestor :) (hide spoiler)] I really recommend this series to everyone. It's about a group of children with magical abilites and the fight between good and evil which started 1000 years ago... :)

  9. 5 out of 5

    Joie de Livre

    Why do I always forget to update my progress so whenever I go back on Goodreads I see that a book with 300 pages took me ten days to read?smhXD Other than that I have always loved the originality and creativity of the plot and history and the Harry Potter/school of magic vibes!The characters are great(especially the names) and the powers are cool.I gave this book four and a half stars because I really enjoyed it but some things the characters said didn't really flow.I generally really liked this Why do I always forget to update my progress so whenever I go back on Goodreads I see that a book with 300 pages took me ten days to read?smhXD Other than that I have always loved the originality and creativity of the plot and history and the Harry Potter/school of magic vibes!The characters are great(especially the names) and the powers are cool.I gave this book four and a half stars because I really enjoyed it but some things the characters said didn't really flow.I generally really liked this book and I think the covers are awesome! I recommend this to Harry Potter and the Magisterium fans!:)

  10. 4 out of 5

    Chey

    Like I said, it's is childrens book and I'm not a child anymore. But still, it's a funny book, even though I'm too old for it. I know I've read this one before, in Dutch, but I actually couldn't remember anything from it. I'll probably read the next one too, but not right now. Now I need a book that is actually written for my age haha.

  11. 5 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!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Patrick

    This book starts out where a boy named Henry is jolted through time by a time twister that is no bigger than a marble. This is how he meets Charlie bone who has returned to school following the events of the first book. Charlie sets out to save Henry from the people that even nearly a hundred years later still are out to get Henry. This is an interesting read that I really enjoyed even though it seems to move slower than the first book. It is full of suspense, as Charlie races against time to sa This book starts out where a boy named Henry is jolted through time by a time twister that is no bigger than a marble. This is how he meets Charlie bone who has returned to school following the events of the first book. Charlie sets out to save Henry from the people that even nearly a hundred years later still are out to get Henry. This is an interesting read that I really enjoyed even though it seems to move slower than the first book. It is full of suspense, as Charlie races against time to save his new friend.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    i forgot how much i liked reading these books and am really glad that i have decided to read them again. although i have only read the first five of this series and am excited to read the ones that come after the fifth one after i have reread the first five so i can remember what happens before i finsish the series.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Amy Wong

    3.5 stars Love the additional background Henry brought to Charlie's journey. Liked it more than the first book as everything expanded and the story as a whole is progressing. It still feels like everything is being placed.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Zak K.

    The book is fantastic.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Sanjana

    I'm really enjoying my reread of this series! It was such a special series in my childhood, and it's such a joy to reread them again. 5/5 even with its flaws because of its nostalgic value for me. (Some spoilers below) Pros: 1. One of the things I really enjoy about this book is the increased world building elements in it. We get a better understanding about the Red King, and we start to have a lot more players come into the story which makes the overall story more exciting. 2. The characters de I'm really enjoying my reread of this series! It was such a special series in my childhood, and it's such a joy to reread them again. 5/5 even with its flaws because of its nostalgic value for me. (Some spoilers below) Pros: 1. One of the things I really enjoy about this book is the increased world building elements in it. We get a better understanding about the Red King, and we start to have a lot more players come into the story which makes the overall story more exciting. 2. The characters developed a lot more in this story which I really enjoyed. We learn more about a wider cast of characters beyond Charlie which made the story more engaging. The relationship between the endowed and non-endowed children was such a joy to see. 3. Another thing that I appreciated in this story was the ways in which many of the adult characters listen and believe main characters are good mentoring figures for them. 4. The overall plot of this story was engaging and kept me on my toes until the end. Cons: 1. I think my issue with this book is similar to the last book in that this author tends to not know how to describe characters of color beyond just their race. For example, Lysander is still just described as the African. Even with Bindi, there's a passing reference of her grandparents being in India, but there isn't any specific descriptions of what she looks like beyond that. This being said, the one thing this book does avoid is having the characters of color be stepping stones for other white characters. They all play important roles in the quest to save Henry (especially Lysander), so this book did avoid this often harmful trope. Overall, I am enjoying my reread of this series:)

  17. 4 out of 5

    Joanna

    I enjoyed this episode in the Charlie Bone series more than the first book, but still feel this series is only okay. My seven year old son is really enjoying these books and we already have the third book out from the library, but I wouldn't continue the series if I were reading these by myself. The characters are pretty black and white and their emotions seem relatively uncontemplative and unreflective. The plot centers around a relative of Charlie's who accidentally uses the time twister of th I enjoyed this episode in the Charlie Bone series more than the first book, but still feel this series is only okay. My seven year old son is really enjoying these books and we already have the third book out from the library, but I wouldn't continue the series if I were reading these by myself. The characters are pretty black and white and their emotions seem relatively uncontemplative and unreflective. The plot centers around a relative of Charlie's who accidentally uses the time twister of the title story to hurl himself about 70 or 80 years into the future. Now he's stuck in the future, but old grudges from his relatives remain (for reasons not explained, but simply taken as a given), so Charlie and pals have to rescue him from the evil intentions of the Bloors and Yewbeams. Passing reference is made to Charlie needing to teach modern stuff to the boy from the past, but there's not much consideration of the real details of the plot line. Bottom line: adequate as a children's book -- probably not of tremendous interest to adult readers.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Robbie

    Charlie Bone and the Time Twister (The Children of the Red King, Book 2) by Jenny Nimmo 402 pages Listening Library 0807218987 This is the second book to The Charlie Bone series. In this book, Charlie's new term starts off at Bloor's Academy, and is hoping for no more surprises. Too bad for him though, he got into more than he could handle, and traveled back through time to the year 1916. In this time period he meats his Great-Great-uncle Henry, who needs his help to survive. This was an okay book Charlie Bone and the Time Twister (The Children of the Red King, Book 2) by Jenny Nimmo 402 pages Listening Library 0807218987 This is the second book to The Charlie Bone series. In this book, Charlie's new term starts off at Bloor's Academy, and is hoping for no more surprises. Too bad for him though, he got into more than he could handle, and traveled back through time to the year 1916. In this time period he meats his Great-Great-uncle Henry, who needs his help to survive. This was an okay book. I think it might haven been better if I had read the first book. It would have gave me a little bit more knowledge on Charlie's background, and the story setting. I liked the story line of Charlie going back to the past to help his uncle, since it reminded of "Back to the Future". I would recommend this book if you have read the first Charlie Bone book, since it will help you understand it easier. However though, it is still a good book, and is interesting at points.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Maddy

    I'm still not in love with this series, but it's definitely getting interesting. I actually enjoyed this sequel a LOT better than the first novel, which I really didn't like that much. Like the first book, the writing is still a bit young for my taste, but the world-building that takes place in this sequel sets it apart from the first book. I was shocked by how much I'm truly enjoying getting to know these characters. While I wasn't sure if I wanted to continue the series after reading the first I'm still not in love with this series, but it's definitely getting interesting. I actually enjoyed this sequel a LOT better than the first novel, which I really didn't like that much. Like the first book, the writing is still a bit young for my taste, but the world-building that takes place in this sequel sets it apart from the first book. I was shocked by how much I'm truly enjoying getting to know these characters. While I wasn't sure if I wanted to continue the series after reading the first book, this book has convinced to continue for sure!

  20. 4 out of 5

    John

    This book had a much stronger story than the first.And the first book was amazing.this book shows charlie's powers much more and it also leaves a bigger picture in your mind.This book shows much more action but it is still able to keep its great storyline without there being one bad part.The best part to me had to be when charlie uses the timetwister to discover most of his families history.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Jenn

    I just finished this book recently this past week on my flight home from Florida. Again, Charlie Bone grabs my attention and I was happy to find out Henry Yewbeam is Charlie's ancestor at the beginning of the book. The best part was when Charlie enters a photo of a menacing looking wizard named Skarpo. I highly recommend this book for 6th graders and up!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Reed

    This book is full of exciting twists that will excite any reader. A word of warning though the book at some parts may not make sense and I had to reread certain parts to get what was what happening during the story. Other than that this book is a good read.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie Tiner

    these books are great for all ages. it requires a certain love for fiction to read them but everyone should give them a try. these are wonderful!

  24. 5 out of 5

    M Yeazel

    I did not like this just as much as last time. Probably least fave if the series.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Nilsson

    I don't know if I'd have the nerve to play around with time, unless the situation truly called for it. The results are hugely uncertain and precarious.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Nsiala

    Amazing book, I Enjoyed it soo much.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Ursula

    For the preteen age group, it is a fun book. Above that age group, you might notice some flaws and similarities, but it's still an entertaining read.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Kandee

    Good continuation of the story of an underdog figuring out who he is and what his family can do.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Monique

    Book Two of this fast moving childrens action series is done and though this series has at least seven books (our library currently has four volumes) I am not going to read anymore as my Reading list is out of control and I need to expand myself to other reads to recommend to my readers..So this second book takes on a different problem with a boy from 1916 using a time twisting marble and finding himself in Bloor’s Academy with the other children endowed with powers from the Red King….So yea Cha Book Two of this fast moving childrens action series is done and though this series has at least seven books (our library currently has four volumes) I am not going to read anymore as my Reading list is out of control and I need to expand myself to other reads to recommend to my readers..So this second book takes on a different problem with a boy from 1916 using a time twisting marble and finding himself in Bloor’s Academy with the other children endowed with powers from the Red King….So yea Charlie has to find a way to get this ancestor of his back to his time without altering the past while dealing with all the other elements of a YA fantasy read—spies, betrayals, mean adult figures, a reluctant uncle and a best friend that would do anything for him..Charlie navigates through his own power of being able to hear voices and travel through photographs with his other friends who can do things like move things with their mind, change to birds, hypnotize and feel people’s emotions through clothes…relatively tame powers and this book is just thrilling and tame enough for middle school..Without giving too much of the confusing plot away this second installment was entertaining and I think it will be a hit with grades 4th and older..it was okay.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Andrew

    I found myself loving this sequel more than the 1st installment. Charlie Bone once again is faced with a dilemma. Only this time, it's nearly 100 years in the making. Because of their closeness in age, Charlie refers to the misplaced boy, Henry, as his cousin. Henry is one of Charlie's ancestors from the early 1900s, who's older cousin sends him to the future. In this case, the present time for Charlie and his classmates. Charlie's Aunts are not too happy when they figure out that Henry is 'back. I found myself loving this sequel more than the 1st installment. Charlie Bone once again is faced with a dilemma. Only this time, it's nearly 100 years in the making. Because of their closeness in age, Charlie refers to the misplaced boy, Henry, as his cousin. Henry is one of Charlie's ancestors from the early 1900s, who's older cousin sends him to the future. In this case, the present time for Charlie and his classmates. Charlie's Aunts are not too happy when they figure out that Henry is 'back.' They are not nearly 100 years old, but they had been prepared in the event that Henry would 'return.' Well, a drama unfolds when someone whom Charlie originally befriended decides to betray him and turn Henry in. In exchange for a personal favour which he may never actually get. So one could say that Billy, the Benedict Arnold, has been tricked into helping those who wish harm upon Henry. In a sequel that gets one more star from me than it's prequel, Charlie and his classmates must outwit his outrageously childish Aunts and several employees of Bloor's Academy, and save Henry. It was an utterly fascinating read. My notes: February 19th, 2012/50.25%: "I'm gonna go broke buying the books in this series I don't already have LoL but it's still fascinating."

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