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Things are never simple for Charlie Bone. His parents have been reunited but Charlie can't resist the call of danger when the parents of a kidnapped classmate plead for help. Asa, the missing student, is being held by Manfred in a cave. To free his former enemy and escape capture himself, Charlie must enlist the help of the Flames. An exciting fantasy adventure for boys an Things are never simple for Charlie Bone. His parents have been reunited but Charlie can't resist the call of danger when the parents of a kidnapped classmate plead for help. Asa, the missing student, is being held by Manfred in a cave. To free his former enemy and escape capture himself, Charlie must enlist the help of the Flames. An exciting fantasy adventure for boys and girls.


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Things are never simple for Charlie Bone. His parents have been reunited but Charlie can't resist the call of danger when the parents of a kidnapped classmate plead for help. Asa, the missing student, is being held by Manfred in a cave. To free his former enemy and escape capture himself, Charlie must enlist the help of the Flames. An exciting fantasy adventure for boys an Things are never simple for Charlie Bone. His parents have been reunited but Charlie can't resist the call of danger when the parents of a kidnapped classmate plead for help. Asa, the missing student, is being held by Manfred in a cave. To free his former enemy and escape capture himself, Charlie must enlist the help of the Flames. An exciting fantasy adventure for boys and girls.

30 review for Charlie Bone and the Beast

  1. 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!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Furrawn

    A boy who smells of fish. Aquamarine eyes. A mysterious fog that tastes of salt. Friendship. Runner Bean the dog. A magic sword. A bird illusion. A cold egg. A stone troll. Loved it. Time for book seven:)🐬

  3. 4 out of 5

    Fred

    Finally, I’m an adult and can articulate my feelings on these books clearly. When I was a kid, I didn’t understand why I didn’t enjoy this series as much as Harry Potter. It wasn’t because of surface level cliches (Harry Potter is arguably not totally original itself). The elaborate plot and wide variety of characters are full of potential. So: What makes wizardry better than endowments? What makes bushy hair better than purple hair? What makes Ron Weasley better than Fidelio Gunn? Ideas are so ch Finally, I’m an adult and can articulate my feelings on these books clearly. When I was a kid, I didn’t understand why I didn’t enjoy this series as much as Harry Potter. It wasn’t because of surface level cliches (Harry Potter is arguably not totally original itself). The elaborate plot and wide variety of characters are full of potential. So: What makes wizardry better than endowments? What makes bushy hair better than purple hair? What makes Ron Weasley better than Fidelio Gunn? Ideas are so cheap. Experience is all we can demand of fiction. There’s no experience in these books. Charlie Bone is a compilation of ideas. It’s eight books of pure description. This isn’t a bad series, it’s a wasted one! This is unfortunate for kids, because authors can rarely give them books that are all the way good. There’s always some obstacle, like a dirty lens, preventing you from getting a clear image of characters or events. Sometimes the author makes it their style to be sweet and simplistic, resulting in telling instead of showing. Sometimes they try to be epic and archetypal, accidentally contradicting the spirit of the YA and tying themself in a knot. Others hide behind sarcasm like Rick Riordan; this gives a clear image, but in a cheap way. Most have nothing worth saying at all. There’s not much to say about something that offers nothing. There are a million promising superficial concepts in this book. But why read about a werewolf rather than a dragon, ocean powers instead of spider powers, wands instead of rings? The “why” is always missing, and kids feel that. Say what you want about J. K. Rowling, she is the only one who tried.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Danielle

    This book was all over the place. It felt like there were SO many things going on—a hidden animal reservation in the wilderness, stone people that come to life, a random evil stone troll, an ancient tea kettle that senses danger, an evil boy with the endowment to drown people—and it felt like none of these things were very cohesive or naturally blended together. You’d be introduced to one subplot, but then it would sort of fizzle out and be forgotten for a while and then yet another addition to This book was all over the place. It felt like there were SO many things going on—a hidden animal reservation in the wilderness, stone people that come to life, a random evil stone troll, an ancient tea kettle that senses danger, an evil boy with the endowment to drown people—and it felt like none of these things were very cohesive or naturally blended together. You’d be introduced to one subplot, but then it would sort of fizzle out and be forgotten for a while and then yet another addition to the story would be randomly thrown into the mix and they all became this chaotic mess existing all in one book. It was all just very messy. In fact, having this book be titled “The Beast” seems slightly misleading. It gives the impression that there’s this epic beast that Charlie Bone has to battle and that it’s a constant component in the plot, but that’s not the case at all. I mean, there IS a beast in this book… but it’s Charlie’s classmate Asa. And he’s not battling him or in any serious, mortal danger because of him—he’s trying to save him. Besides Asa, there are so many other events that take place that would probably represent this book as a whole much better. For example: Charlie Bone and the Drowning Boy. Because let’s be real here: Dagbert Endless arguably takes up so much more of the plot than Asa’s capture. Even the messy plot aside, there were a few things about this book that didn’t quite sit right and other things that just flat-out annoyed me. First of all, there’s the moment when Dagbert tries to turn Charlie’s friends against him. Their reactions to this were incredibly immature, naive, and just not believable to me—particularly Olivia’s in which she says, “I always knew you were a fraud, Charlie Bone!” Like, really? You’ve been with this person through thick or thin—life or death situations—and through ONE misunderstanding that wasn’t even spoken by Charlie himself, that’s enough for you to throw away everything you know deep down about this person, completely abandon your faith, and come back with, “I always knew you were a fraud”? … UMMM??? But then eventually Olivia sort of cools off and forgets it even happened? Like, literally, one day Charlie approaches her and she acts like she was never mad at him. I mean, she doesn’t even acknowledge that she wrongly lost her faith in him nor admits that she was wrong for that. No, ”Gee, Charlie, I’m REALLY sorry for thinking you would ever hurt me like that. I should’ve trusted you and talked to you first before jumping to conclusions!” None of that. The matter is just instantly forgotten, which I honestly thought was so immature on Olivia’s part. I mean, she’s sort of always the more immature one in the group, but to just flip a switch like that and not even acknowledge your mistake? UNGH. On that note, I just got so annoyed with the characters this time around, the good ones as well as the villains—they were all equally annoying! I mean, granted, this is a very elementary middle-grade read, so of course the dialogue is going to be more on the simplistic and childlike side. But it felt like this book was especially cringey and bad. Characters would just be so annoying and pipe into conversations with inane remarks or react to a situation in an incredibly immature way, and the dialogue was just really… bad. There would be times when a character would say something and it would just feel a bit off. You’d think to yourself, “Why did they respond like that?” or “That was… weird.” So these moments were definitely a bit off-putting at times. Another change in this book I wasn’t very fond of was that some of Charlie’s friends were beginning to get girlfriends and it just felt SO forced? Like, it didn’t feel like a natural part of the story at all but rather Jenny Nimmo thinking, “Huh. They’re getting to be that age. Better throw in some girlfriends to stay relatable with the kids.” On top of that, one of the friends dumped his girlfriend because she was really selfish and wanted him to only pay attention to her all hours of the day, which I feel two things about: a) OF COURSE, play the ol’ “mean, self-centered clingy girlfriend” card… b) It further proves the point that the girlfriends were thrown into the story for no deep reason at all if their relationship ended as quickly as it began… Finally, another major detail of this book that I was supremely dissatisfied with is the fact that Charlie Bone’s father is not in this book at all. You’d think with how the previous book ended—Charlie finally reuniting with his father after going his entire life without him—that this next book would be dedicated to Charlie connecting with his father for the first time, making up for all that time lost, and generally some sweet, tender moments between Charlie and his father. But no, Charlie’s father isn’t present at all but is conveniently "away" on a second honeymoon with Charlie's mother. I just found this to be incredibly cheap and sort of a cop-out: that you would put so much significance on this plot point of Charlie's missing father and continually escalate the anticipation over the course of this series. And then when the mystery finally comes to a close and the moment arrives that we've all been waiting for—Charlie is reunited with his father again—it's all just so anticlimactic, and when the next book comes around the author's like, Oh, Charlie's father? Yeah, we're not discussing him at all." That's honestly such a disservice to your readers, to make them wait that painstakingly long for an incredibly drawn-out plot point and then to not give them a satisfying conclusion by the end of it. Worst of all: it's not like this book was a crucial part of the series. This book very well could've not existed or been skipped entirely and it would've made no difference in the larger context of the series. I feel like this was such a "filler" novel that just had a lot of nonessential plot points going on. So for the author to have intentionally left out Charlie's father... yet to have this dumpsterfire of a book in its place? UNACCEPTABLE. As I'm making my way through this series, I'm starting to understand what Jenny Nimmo is great at... as well as what she's not: Great at --Delivering vivid, descriptive, atmospheric writing --Creating imaginative story elements (i.e.: a boarding school for "gifted" students, immortal cats that have magical properties and act as guardian angels to any who need their assistance) Absolutely sucks at --PLOT --DIALOGUE Now that I'm noticing these things more and more, it definitely has an effect on my enjoyment of these books and I'm finding myself draggggging through this series and desperately wanting to reach the end. Another flaw I think Nimmo has is that she does tend to severely prolong her stories, even when this series could've been MUCH shorter. (I can't believe I still have two more books left!) While these books are definitely still enjoyable to some regard and have a lot of magical, fantastical elements to them, I think they could be made even much more enjoyable if Jenny Nimmo were to fine-tune certain aspects of her craft.

  5. 5 out of 5

    James

    Too Murderous and Too Imbalanced. The last few CB books have been just too murderous for tween fiction. Sure it’s fine to have a death to tell the story but the murders in 5 and 6 have been senseless and unresolved. My other related complaint is that, sure Charlie and friends survive and make it through, but there’s just not enough positive to balance out the murders and crimes. Tweens trudge through misery with Charlie to only barely make it out. There’s no overarching heroism or big picture or i Too Murderous and Too Imbalanced. The last few CB books have been just too murderous for tween fiction. Sure it’s fine to have a death to tell the story but the murders in 5 and 6 have been senseless and unresolved. My other related complaint is that, sure Charlie and friends survive and make it through, but there’s just not enough positive to balance out the murders and crimes. Tweens trudge through misery with Charlie to only barely make it out. There’s no overarching heroism or big picture or inspiring message. What good does happen is mysterious and random - not based on someones tough choice. I guess it’s just eroded to “tween survival fiction?”. Kind of a let down.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Matt Krasula

    Eh...this just felt all over the place. Don’t get me wrong it here are still wonderful characters and the feel of the city is so real. My issue stems from that I never knew what direction this story was taking. It seemed all about Dagbert and then it was all about Asa. Then for a long time it was a bout this knight. Something just didn’t add up and I’m not sure why. It also felt incredibly easy for the heroes in the end. In my opinion the heroes are too strong and it always ends with Lysander an Eh...this just felt all over the place. Don’t get me wrong it here are still wonderful characters and the feel of the city is so real. My issue stems from that I never knew what direction this story was taking. It seemed all about Dagbert and then it was all about Asa. Then for a long time it was a bout this knight. Something just didn’t add up and I’m not sure why. It also felt incredibly easy for the heroes in the end. In my opinion the heroes are too strong and it always ends with Lysander and Tancred plowing everything over.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Scarletstories

    As far as sequels go, this one wasn't bad. It continued in the tradition of the other Charlie Bone books. It was nice to see more of Asa Pike and his family, as the family interactions within the Bone-Yewbeam household have become a bit repetitive. The fact that his mother and father were also werebeings was cool, though I was disappointed not to be able to see a reunion between the mother and son. One of my continuous problems with the series is the Browns. Benjamin and Charlie's relationship se As far as sequels go, this one wasn't bad. It continued in the tradition of the other Charlie Bone books. It was nice to see more of Asa Pike and his family, as the family interactions within the Bone-Yewbeam household have become a bit repetitive. The fact that his mother and father were also werebeings was cool, though I was disappointed not to be able to see a reunion between the mother and son. One of my continuous problems with the series is the Browns. Benjamin and Charlie's relationship seems to be contingent on whether or not Charlie is faithful to him and whether or not Runner Bean is kept safe and happy. Benjamin is continuously frustrated with Charlie for his endowment, and seems to blame him for all of the horrible things happening, while the entire time Charlie and his friends are doing their best to keep worse things from taking over. It's a good book, and I like the fact that as old baddies are turning good, new baddies like Dagbert are entering the series. Fortunately, it doesn't take Tancred long to save the day, as always!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Jerm

    These books should come with a warning that says “Better When Listened To.” I read the first five because they are really quick reads, but I always felt that they were a shallow knock-off of the Harry Potter series, but I should’ve been listening to them, because it makes them much better. The performer who reads them does a fabulous job and brings the characters to life, even if there dialog doesn’t always do the job. So…not bad.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Sonia Gomes

    Asa disappears after he aligns himself with Charlie Bone which gets Manfred Bloor badly injured......

  10. 5 out of 5

    i_like_big_books

    if i could give it 0 stars i would.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Paranormal_Madness

    What I liked: -Dagbert. I thought he was a fascinating character, and I loved the ill effects his power had. Having to carry around those little golden sea creatures forever can’t be easy. Even though I knew that he was going to be evil when he showed up with Lord Grimwald, I honestly thought he was just trying to fit in, that he was just looking for a friend. I think he really wanted to be Charlie’s friend, and he maybe didn’t understand why Charlie got angry with him. -Plot. Unlike the previous What I liked: -Dagbert. I thought he was a fascinating character, and I loved the ill effects his power had. Having to carry around those little golden sea creatures forever can’t be easy. Even though I knew that he was going to be evil when he showed up with Lord Grimwald, I honestly thought he was just trying to fit in, that he was just looking for a friend. I think he really wanted to be Charlie’s friend, and he maybe didn’t understand why Charlie got angry with him. -Plot. Unlike the previous books in the series, this series dealt mostly with the title. Whereas the others kind of branched off into a bunch of unimportant stuff, Charlie pretty much stayed on track throughout the entire book, and this book definitely benefited from it. Rescuing Asa was the main point of the book, and I thought this was Charlie’s greatest adventure to date. What I disliked: -Writing Style. I hate third person. It seems so impersonal, and I don’t like not getting an inside look at the character’s thoughts and emotions and feelings. I think the series really suffers from the writing, and I can’t help but think first person would have been a far better way to go. And perhaps first person might have given us a bit more detail, and I wouldn’t be left wondering what something looked like. -Olivia Vertigo. I hate this girl. Honestly, I can’t stand her. She’s such a shallow, fake, fair-weather friend. Her outburst towards Charlie was completely uncalled for, as any real friend of his would hopefully know that Charlie would never ever say anything like that. She’s too stuck up and she doesn’t seem to realize how much danger she and her friends are in. Plus, her disregard for her friend’s comfort and the carelessness she has towards her power make her one of my least favorite characters in the entire series. Overall, this book was my favorite in the series so far, I think. The plot was better, the characters were better, and the action was better. I would recommend this series to anyone that likes books about kids with superpowers. 4.0

  12. 4 out of 5

    Mary Ann

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I finished this book sometime in Feb 2010. It was a very good book. It continues the problems of Charlie. He is seen as a threat to the Bloors and his great-aunts and grandmother. His one great-aunt has married and she is thought to be responsible for killing the man's wife. She then bewitches him and marries him in order to get to his son Eric. Eric is one of the Red Kings descendents and is able to animate cement objects. His father finally takes his daughter and leaves his wife and son becaus I finished this book sometime in Feb 2010. It was a very good book. It continues the problems of Charlie. He is seen as a threat to the Bloors and his great-aunts and grandmother. His one great-aunt has married and she is thought to be responsible for killing the man's wife. She then bewitches him and marries him in order to get to his son Eric. Eric is one of the Red Kings descendents and is able to animate cement objects. His father finally takes his daughter and leaves his wife and son because he knows that his son is lost to him and if he doesn't leave his daughter will be murdered by his wife and son. Asa (the beast) has gone missing. But at night the people hear a howling from the forest and Billy and Charlie know that they have to find Asa. Also, Dogbert Endless is a Drowner and he is sent to keep Charlie where the Bloors want him. But Charlie and his friends are protected by a Red Knight. They also meet a new person who helps them...she is Mrs. Kettle a blacksmith with extraordinary powers. Charlie helps to reunite Asa and his mother, but it is too late for his father, murdered by the townspeople.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Doris

    Good because it finally resolved the mystery of Asa. Bad because it again felt as if it was written with one eye on the clock. It is still an excellent book to read with the younger set, or to use to encourage them to read. The senior Bones are back together, and have gone off to have a second honeymoon. How anyone intelligent would run off and leave their son with a grandmother that hates him, and enrolled in a school where he is is disliked, is something I have trouble fathoming. Although Char Good because it finally resolved the mystery of Asa. Bad because it again felt as if it was written with one eye on the clock. It is still an excellent book to read with the younger set, or to use to encourage them to read. The senior Bones are back together, and have gone off to have a second honeymoon. How anyone intelligent would run off and leave their son with a grandmother that hates him, and enrolled in a school where he is is disliked, is something I have trouble fathoming. Although Charlie does make a very good point about being needed at the school, to balance the forces of darkness (there were 10 Children of the Red King, and half were good and half bad, as are their descendants.) Claerwyn the wand-moth is wonderful. A new idea that I find fascinating! Charlie save Asa? Is Dagobert worth befriending? Can Billy be saved? These questions make the storyline worth following even when you know it was written for children (opinions differ, but most agree that 4th graders would love it).

  14. 5 out of 5

    Deborah Dempsey

    The 6th book of the series and the author finally decides to describe some of the main characters in more detail! Was it just me? Or did anyone else know Paton had long hair? I felt like someone else must have written or edited this book this time for us to get so many more character details. Plot points: Charlie now has a kettle that heats up when he is in danger, there is a boy that can animate statues, Dagbert has arrived & can drown people (seems evil, but will he change his ways?), the Red The 6th book of the series and the author finally decides to describe some of the main characters in more detail! Was it just me? Or did anyone else know Paton had long hair? I felt like someone else must have written or edited this book this time for us to get so many more character details. Plot points: Charlie now has a kettle that heats up when he is in danger, there is a boy that can animate statues, Dagbert has arrived & can drown people (seems evil, but will he change his ways?), the Red King has stolen his cape back & has a new sword,and they also find and free Asa. My 11 year old continues to enjoy this series, but we are both hoping that there will be a build up of tense anticipation in book 7 with a huge action-filled grand finale in book 8. I'm not yet convinced it will happen.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Annie

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Things seem to be a tad darker in Charlie's world this time around. Murder takes place in this book (albeit off-page) and someone is being imprisoned for his role in reuniting Charlie with his father. This book ends with what appears to be the end of a particular character's role in the story. It will be interesting to see if this person comes back. I kinda hope we haven't seen the last of this person. There are some lingering question marks around some of the "evil" characters which makes me wond Things seem to be a tad darker in Charlie's world this time around. Murder takes place in this book (albeit off-page) and someone is being imprisoned for his role in reuniting Charlie with his father. This book ends with what appears to be the end of a particular character's role in the story. It will be interesting to see if this person comes back. I kinda hope we haven't seen the last of this person. There are some lingering question marks around some of the "evil" characters which makes me wonder if some of them will change sides eventually. Jenny Nimmo has done it before so I'm curious to see where everyone will end up when all's said and done.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Joanna

    This author seems to be figuring out what she's doing with this series. The plot was more interesting here than in some of the previous books and the new characters added here were also somewhat more complex than some of the original group. My children continue to love these books, particularly my seven-year-old son. He's not quite able to read them himself, though an advanced reader of his age might manage them. Definitely a year or two from now, he'll be fine. The writing is accessible, which This author seems to be figuring out what she's doing with this series. The plot was more interesting here than in some of the previous books and the new characters added here were also somewhat more complex than some of the original group. My children continue to love these books, particularly my seven-year-old son. He's not quite able to read them himself, though an advanced reader of his age might manage them. Definitely a year or two from now, he'll be fine. The writing is accessible, which makes it somewhat more boring for an adult reader, but it's not terrible. We'll be moving right on to the seventh book.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Brittany Noel

    Too little, too late. While the author should have given attention to describing the characters from the first book, I feel that by waiting until the 6th book to start describing the looks and demeanors it ruins the images I’ve had to create over the past 5 books. We are introduced to an interesting new character but I think the main reason he is so interesting is because he is the first character that the author has actually described from our first meeting.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Lindsay

    This was my favorite of all 7 that are out (hopefully the 8th will be amazing)! Asa finally turns around and realizes that Manfred Bloors way is not the way to go. My favorite part was when the children gathered around the Red Kings tree and Asa joined them. If I had to recommend any or the Charlie bone books, this would be the one to read but YOU HAVE TO READ ALL OF THE OTHER ONES FIRST!!!!!!!!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Jo

    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

  20. 5 out of 5

    Nilsson

    This was truly the most terrifying story I've read in a while. The beast brings back so many memories of some truly scary events! I don't know if this book is quite for audience like me.

  21. 4 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.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Gloria

    After Asa helped Charlie in the last book, the Bloors locked him up. His parents tried to comfort him, but the whole town could hear Asa's howling. The townspeople killed Asa's father and the Bloors moved Asa to where he could not be heard. Manfred was also horribly injured by the Flames at the end of the last book. Some magic helped restore his face, later in the book. Charlie hears the howling, but does not connect it to Asa right away. A new student, Dagbert Endless, has come and Charlie was After Asa helped Charlie in the last book, the Bloors locked him up. His parents tried to comfort him, but the whole town could hear Asa's howling. The townspeople killed Asa's father and the Bloors moved Asa to where he could not be heard. Manfred was also horribly injured by the Flames at the end of the last book. Some magic helped restore his face, later in the book. Charlie hears the howling, but does not connect it to Asa right away. A new student, Dagbert Endless, has come and Charlie was put in charge of showing him around. Dagbert used this to get Charlie in trouble, as well as drive wedges in between him and his friends. Charlie's Great-aunt Venetia maneuvered her way into a family where the younger child can control stone, including statues. Charlie also meets Mrs. Kettle, a blacksmith and helps her finish an invincible sword for the Red Knight. Charlie and his friends rescue Asa and others help get Asa and his mother safely out of the city.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Student Symmes

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Book Review By: Tyrel London 206 1. Did you enjoy the book? Why? Why not? I enjoyed the book because there was a lot happening in the plot and there was a lot of adventure. I also liked the personalities of the characters which made the story a lot more interesting, like Charlie Bone who had an optimistic personality throughout all the events he goes through during the book despite almost being killed by a panther and not having his father around for most of his life because he was put in a tran Book Review By: Tyrel London 206 1. Did you enjoy the book? Why? Why not? I enjoyed the book because there was a lot happening in the plot and there was a lot of adventure. I also liked the personalities of the characters which made the story a lot more interesting, like Charlie Bone who had an optimistic personality throughout all the events he goes through during the book despite almost being killed by a panther and not having his father around for most of his life because he was put in a trance “You might think it was rather careless of Charlie Bone to lose his father a second time”. So the was very enjoyable for me to read. 2. What about the plot? Did it pull you in or not? The plot of the story was very well written. Every Chapter had a different idea and they pulled you in to the story each time it was really hard to put the book down especially when all the action and battles were going on “The final fight between the Red Knight and The Stone Warrior”. 3. How would the book have been better if it were set in a different place? The book would have been better if it had taken place during the medieval times because everything was based around that time period and the things that happed then. “If enchanters still lived in piminy street, the might be able to spot a girl turned into a bird. This meaning that there is used of “magic” and epic battles and so on happening throughout the story. 4. How are the book images significant and do they help develop the plot? The image on the cover page indicates to me that the main character Charlie Bone and a girl are crossing a bridge but the water is rising over it and there is a boy in the water beneath the bridge which tells me that he might be the reason that the water is rising. “They say he is a drowner” tell me that he might be able to drown people by controlling the water in some way. 5. Did the book end the way you expected? Since this is the 6th book in the series the ending was a bit similar to the others. I expected the book to end by Charlie Bone saving the day with help from his endowed friends. “Good job Charlie, you’ve done it again” indicates that Charlie has saved the days and everyone is happy about it as usual. 6. Would you recommend this book to other readers? Yes I would recommend this book to other readers who like who like adventure / fantasy books. I would recommend this to people ages from 12-15 who are looking for a nice book to read. I would not recommend this book to people over 15 because the words and storey line get a bit easy to read and understand and there is no challenge I would also not recommend this to people under 10 because some of the vocabulary might be too hard for them to read. 7. What was your favourite part/scene of the book? My favourite part in the book was when Charlie and Olivia were crossing the iron bridge when the water started to rise almost lifting them off their feet. This part had a lot of action especially when Benjamin’s dog fell into the river and when the “red knight appeared at the end of the bridge to save them”. 8. What was your least favourite / scene of the book? My least favourite part of the book was when Doracas Loom used these altering bugs to repair Manfred’s face after the vicious attack of the leopards. I didn’t like this part because he didn’t deserve to look normal again after all he had done to everyone at Bloor’s Academy. 9. Did you learn everything from your book? NO, I didn’t learn anything from this book because it is all modern time stuff they use so it wasn’t really anything educating in this book for me so that was good. 10. On a scale from 1-5 what would you rate this book? I would give this book a 5-5 rating. If I could make this book any better I would have lat the story drag out a little longer so that everything wasn’t bunched into one big commotion. 11. Did you feel that that the book fulfilled your expectations? I felt the book exceeded my expectations and went beyond anything I ever imagined. I was in the least way disappointed by anything that happened in the book. There always something happening so I was never bored. 12. What was the book about? (Spoiler) This book is about a boy named Charlie Bone who goes through many exciting suspenseful and rigorous adventures and situations. Aided by his endowed friends or “ Children of the Red King”, He is on journey to rescue the once bad but turned to good “ Wilderness Wolf” that is trapped under the city howling every night and was put there by Manfred. 13. How did the book compare to other books by the other. This book was easily one of the best books in the Charlie Bone series. It was “on the edge of seat excitement” all through the book that easily boots the other books out of the way for number one place. I think that anyone would read this book would have the same reaction. 14. Did the actions of the characters seem plausible? Why? Why not? The actions that Charlie Bone were not all plausible like when he chose to chose to take “ Rugged, rusty and broken bridge” that is not safe instead of taking the one just beside him. Another action is when instead of having more than 1 person come with him to rescue the wilderness wolf instead of one 9 year old that is scared of everything. 15. Were there any personality traits that you could identify with? No, there was no personality traits in the book I could relate with any of the character because Charlie is “optimistic” which is not me, Olivia is “outgoing” and the rest are pretty much the same.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Sally

    Working my way through a nice (cheap) boxed set of paperbacks which I had to buy when I found that my local library network had only bought the first five of the eight in the series. I like the way the spines make a picture of Bloor's Academy but there are some mistakes in the front covers. This is the only complaint I have about this book! Enjoyable continuation of the saga set in and around a weird school - if you want 'more Harry Potter' then try the Charlie Bone books. But it isn't a copy. Je Working my way through a nice (cheap) boxed set of paperbacks which I had to buy when I found that my local library network had only bought the first five of the eight in the series. I like the way the spines make a picture of Bloor's Academy but there are some mistakes in the front covers. This is the only complaint I have about this book! Enjoyable continuation of the saga set in and around a weird school - if you want 'more Harry Potter' then try the Charlie Bone books. But it isn't a copy. Jenny Nimmo has a long and creditable history as a fantasy writer. I love the way the cast of characters is building up as we go on. I must now go straight on to No 7 as the hint at the start of this volume about the danger to Charlie's parents has not yet been resolved!

  25. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Cute, fast read. My thoughts, in no particular order: it seems a little unfair that Manfred was able to heal his face. I'm glad that Asa was still good and that they were able to save him. Tancred's girlfriend subplot seemed unnecessary to the rest of the story. Olivia still gets on my nerves, too dramatic. Emma's crush on Tancred is cute. I'm sad that Dagbert was not able to be turned to goodness, but now that he's had his encounter with Tancred maybe he will change. Paton and Julia need to get Cute, fast read. My thoughts, in no particular order: it seems a little unfair that Manfred was able to heal his face. I'm glad that Asa was still good and that they were able to save him. Tancred's girlfriend subplot seemed unnecessary to the rest of the story. Olivia still gets on my nerves, too dramatic. Emma's crush on Tancred is cute. I'm sad that Dagbert was not able to be turned to goodness, but now that he's had his encounter with Tancred maybe he will change. Paton and Julia need to get married already. Lots of stuff happened in this book, and some of those events set up things to come. I'm looking forward to the next book.

  26. 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

  27. 5 out of 5

    Kris

    I continue to be less than excited about this series. There's not a lot of action in this book, and the climax (such as there is) happens very late, with little "wrapping up" done afterwards. Aside from my usual complaints of weak dialog and characterization, I can't help feeling (in this 6th of 8 books) that there's not an overall direction to the series - each book should be adding a bit more to the story, with a final big event or confrontation in the last volume, and I'm not getting that fee I continue to be less than excited about this series. There's not a lot of action in this book, and the climax (such as there is) happens very late, with little "wrapping up" done afterwards. Aside from my usual complaints of weak dialog and characterization, I can't help feeling (in this 6th of 8 books) that there's not an overall direction to the series - each book should be adding a bit more to the story, with a final big event or confrontation in the last volume, and I'm not getting that feeling. I'll withhold judgment on that particular issue until I've read the final volume.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Kristin DeGarmo

    I felt this book had a different take on Charlie’s story. It doesn’t seem like the others which isn’t a bad thing. I like that Lysander and Tancred are protested as regular boys—having girlfriends and what not. It makes the story seem more real. I’m curious to see how Dagbert and Manfred act in the next book and what happens to Billy—does he get his endowment back? I hope so! Also they changed narrators for this audiobook which threw me off a bit, but the new narrator wasn’t bad. I liked this bo I felt this book had a different take on Charlie’s story. It doesn’t seem like the others which isn’t a bad thing. I like that Lysander and Tancred are protested as regular boys—having girlfriends and what not. It makes the story seem more real. I’m curious to see how Dagbert and Manfred act in the next book and what happens to Billy—does he get his endowment back? I hope so! Also they changed narrators for this audiobook which threw me off a bit, but the new narrator wasn’t bad. I liked this book and am excited to read the next one!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Andrew Ruble

    An easily enjoyable continuation of a series of books for someone younger than I am. The plot just didn't seem very well crafted as compared to the others. The main conflict didn't go anywhere until near the end; the side conflict was neutralized too easily with a one-dimensional deus ex machina. The development was unsatisfying and took twice as long as necessary. If it had been shorter or used the space for better development I would say it was a fine continuation in this children/tween series. An easily enjoyable continuation of a series of books for someone younger than I am. The plot just didn't seem very well crafted as compared to the others. The main conflict didn't go anywhere until near the end; the side conflict was neutralized too easily with a one-dimensional deus ex machina. The development was unsatisfying and took twice as long as necessary. If it had been shorter or used the space for better development I would say it was a fine continuation in this children/tween series. It is one of those stories in a series of novels which everyone knows: the one where nothing significant occurs and it doesn't feel as though the train has been moving -- or if it has, certainly no meaningful landmark has been passed. I am reading the rest of m this series merely for the sake of nostalgia. The inheritable odd supernatural gifts premise, the complete and utter ease of the reading without having a feeling of infantilism in the text, and the odd bit of Nimmo's interesting creativity are Charlie Bone's main sources of interest.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Ray Sparky

    this was enjoyable with a decent enough plot and more interesting character development than previous, although it did feel a little as though the author wasnt quite sure where they were headed with things and were kind of winging it, evidenced by the fact that the plot doesnt really build to a head for a long time, then seems to spool up all at once. But this is one of those series that gets better with each book as it finds its feet. definitely worth a read

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