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The fifth book in the New York Times bestselling CHILDREN OF THE RED KING series! When Charlie turns twelve on New Year's Eve, the Flame Cats give him a grave warning: Something ancient has awoken, and Charlie must be watchful. Soon Charlie learns that the shadow from the Red King's portrait has been released, and that it will do anything to keep Charlie from finding his f The fifth book in the New York Times bestselling CHILDREN OF THE RED KING series! When Charlie turns twelve on New Year's Eve, the Flame Cats give him a grave warning: Something ancient has awoken, and Charlie must be watchful. Soon Charlie learns that the shadow from the Red King's portrait has been released, and that it will do anything to keep Charlie from finding his father. Meanwhile, pets are mysteriously vanishing from the city, and Olivia is in danger of revealing her newfound powers.


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The fifth book in the New York Times bestselling CHILDREN OF THE RED KING series! When Charlie turns twelve on New Year's Eve, the Flame Cats give him a grave warning: Something ancient has awoken, and Charlie must be watchful. Soon Charlie learns that the shadow from the Red King's portrait has been released, and that it will do anything to keep Charlie from finding his f The fifth book in the New York Times bestselling CHILDREN OF THE RED KING series! When Charlie turns twelve on New Year's Eve, the Flame Cats give him a grave warning: Something ancient has awoken, and Charlie must be watchful. Soon Charlie learns that the shadow from the Red King's portrait has been released, and that it will do anything to keep Charlie from finding his father. Meanwhile, pets are mysteriously vanishing from the city, and Olivia is in danger of revealing her newfound powers.

30 review for Charlie Bone and the Hidden King

  1. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    I'm gradually losing patience with this series. I've ignored the fact that these kids go to a special school for the endowed even though there is absolutely no assistance given to the kids to learn how to best use their endowments; I've tried to overlook the fact that everyone knows about endowed people and yet no one ever wants to call the police or a doctor because supposedly no one would believe the situation; I've merely gritted my teeth as the children take on the world while most of the ad I'm gradually losing patience with this series. I've ignored the fact that these kids go to a special school for the endowed even though there is absolutely no assistance given to the kids to learn how to best use their endowments; I've tried to overlook the fact that everyone knows about endowed people and yet no one ever wants to call the police or a doctor because supposedly no one would believe the situation; I've merely gritted my teeth as the children take on the world while most of the adults are too incompetent to help and too breezy about life to care; and I accept drawing out the seemingly needless mystery about Charlie's missing dad---but ever since the queen came back as a horse in the last book, I have been less willing to take a grain of salt with all this. With this installment I feel like the story just keeps getting more ridiculous.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Furrawn

    Book five of the series is as strong as the previous four books... A shadow in green. An emerald. A tree that wears a crown. A frozen grandmother. Three cats of flame. A werewolf dances. And a silvery moth named Claerwen.... Wonderful❤️ Time for book six!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Kristi

    That plot twist about Charlie's father was so unexpected, omg!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Jacob Norby

    Personal Response This book was pretty decent. My main problem with this one is that the other books in the series usually kept me interested throughout, but this one doesn't really keep my interest until the very end. Plot Summary Charlie Bone is now 12 years old and going back to Bloor's Academy for school. All sorts of strange starts happening like Charlie's Grandmother being frozen solid, his mother being won over by the mysterious Count Harken, and forgetting her missing husband. Also all the Personal Response This book was pretty decent. My main problem with this one is that the other books in the series usually kept me interested throughout, but this one doesn't really keep my interest until the very end. Plot Summary Charlie Bone is now 12 years old and going back to Bloor's Academy for school. All sorts of strange starts happening like Charlie's Grandmother being frozen solid, his mother being won over by the mysterious Count Harken, and forgetting her missing husband. Also all the animals in the town star disappearing and nobody knows why. Charlie teams up with his friends once again to try to uncover who is behind all of the strange happenings, and maybe finally find Charlie's father. Recommendation I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoyed the other entries of the series. I can't say I really recommend the series to anyone unless they're looking for a fantasy series and they can't find anything else as it can be a bit uncreative.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Anne Hamilton

    I read Charlie Bone and the Hidden King back-to-back with Ian Irvine's Runcible Jones: Gate to Nowhere. These two books are so stylistically similar they are not quite clones but certainly closer than cousins—literary half-siblings, perhaps. Highly improbable plots with melodramatic overtones, landscapes partly Dickensian, partly Rowlingsian and partly golden age science fiction, character line-ups peopled by angst-ridden orphans, feisty female sidekicks and villains almost slapstick in their per I read Charlie Bone and the Hidden King back-to-back with Ian Irvine's Runcible Jones: Gate to Nowhere. These two books are so stylistically similar they are not quite clones but certainly closer than cousins—literary half-siblings, perhaps. Highly improbable plots with melodramatic overtones, landscapes partly Dickensian, partly Rowlingsian and partly golden age science fiction, character line-ups peopled by angst-ridden orphans, feisty female sidekicks and villains almost slapstick in their perfidy — these are wonderful romping tales, but as for the suspension of disbelief, there was never a hope it could be achieved. I’m not sure the authors were even seriously trying. I’m sure the reader was supposed to feel sorry for the plight of the respective heroes, but I kept wanting to join the bullies and hit them — just to knock some sense into their downtrodden psyches. Both books highly recommended, if you’re not looking for anything intellectually or emotionally satisfying.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Books4m

    Try to eat just one chip I dare you.. now try to read just one Charlie Bone. Couldn't do it could you? Nope cause Charlie is addicting you want to keep reading of Charlies adventures. Want to see things worked out. And You Had To See If Charlie Could Figure Out Who HIs Dad Was! Finally this book reveals all. Thank God! I am an adult listening to the series so I knew who it was in book one but still I think kids will really enjoy this series, excellent writing and a great story teller. I love Cha Try to eat just one chip I dare you.. now try to read just one Charlie Bone. Couldn't do it could you? Nope cause Charlie is addicting you want to keep reading of Charlies adventures. Want to see things worked out. And You Had To See If Charlie Could Figure Out Who HIs Dad Was! Finally this book reveals all. Thank God! I am an adult listening to the series so I knew who it was in book one but still I think kids will really enjoy this series, excellent writing and a great story teller. I love Charlie Bone. Little language

  7. 4 out of 5

    Maddy

    While I once again enjoyed the story as a whole, the book failed to improve from the last installment. I keep hanging onto this series because I'm hoping it'll improve but, so far, it has not. Nevertheless, I plan to continue to read the series and see what new stories unfold for the children of the red king!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Kevin

    Alrighty, we are now entering the books that I haven't read yet... MY CHILDHOOD IS SOON TO BE COMPLETED... PS - Now I know why I stopped at this one...

  9. 4 out of 5

    Julia

    "Oh, my children!" sighed the king. And then he was gone. But the tears flowed on, coursing down the furrowed trunk, red as blood. Mathonwy stared at the tears in dismay. He tried to stem them with his wand, but on they flowed. So, summoning all the wit, the poetry and the magic that was in his soul, Mathonwy cast a spell. "One day, my friend", he said, "your children will come to find you, and oh, what a day that will be!" *3.5 With this reading, I'm beginning to remember what I loved about this bo "Oh, my children!" sighed the king. And then he was gone. But the tears flowed on, coursing down the furrowed trunk, red as blood. Mathonwy stared at the tears in dismay. He tried to stem them with his wand, but on they flowed. So, summoning all the wit, the poetry and the magic that was in his soul, Mathonwy cast a spell. "One day, my friend", he said, "your children will come to find you, and oh, what a day that will be!" *3.5 With this reading, I'm beginning to remember what I loved about this books... the magic, the friendship, the history, and all the fights against the evil forces.

  10. 4 out of 5

    C.J. Milbrandt

    At this point, there's very little I can say without spoilering early books in the series, and I do detest spoilers. Needless to say, new problems are multiplying nearly as quickly as old ones are settled. Feasts and faculty. Enchantments and eavesdropping. Bridges and Bloors. Missing animals and moonlight. Already well into the next book!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Erin

    Loved this book!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Beth Polaski

    The suspense! The plot twist of Charlie’s father! The evil carelessness of his family! I can’t believe I didn’t put it together sooner! Eager to order the remaining books from this series!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Tarryn

    Hi, my name is Tarryn and this series makes me cry every single book.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Drebbles

    In the fifth book in Jennie Nimmo's Children of the Red King series, odd things are happening in Charlie Bone's neighborhood. First there is an odd snowstorm and then all the animals disappear. Benjamin Brown, recently returned from Hong Kong, misses his dog Runner Bean and wants Charlie to help get the dog back. Charlie agrees, although he's upset that Benjamin's parents are working at Bloor Academy as spies. Charlie also has other problems. His grandmother Maisie has been frozen and he and his In the fifth book in Jennie Nimmo's Children of the Red King series, odd things are happening in Charlie Bone's neighborhood. First there is an odd snowstorm and then all the animals disappear. Benjamin Brown, recently returned from Hong Kong, misses his dog Runner Bean and wants Charlie to help get the dog back. Charlie agrees, although he's upset that Benjamin's parents are working at Bloor Academy as spies. Charlie also has other problems. His grandmother Maisie has been frozen and he and his Uncle Paton are unable to break the spell. The Flames also warn Charlie that his mother is in danger, but it's impossible for him to watch over her while he's at school. Sure enough, Amy Bone meets the mysterious Hart Noble and begins to change. Charlie begins looking harder than ever for his missing father before his mother forgets him entirely. Charlie is going to need the help of all his friends, including new friend Naren Bloor, to make things right again. "Charlie Bone and the Hidden King" was an okay book in an okay series. There are some nice fantasy elements such as Charlie's wand still helping him even though it's a moth and Naren's ability to do "shadow writing". The disappearance and reappearance of the animals is well done. Also interesting is how Charlie's power is growing and Manfred's development of a new power. Unfortunately, Nimmo doesn't use her own imagination enough and many elements in the book come across as Harry Potter rip-offs: there are other schools with endowed children (a dinner scene with head teachers from those schools is straight out of "The Goblet of Fire"); a map; the fact that Charlie has a wand; and there is a magic mirror. The book is awkwardly written and shifts from different the viewpoints of different characters instead of just Charlie's viewpoint. Nimmo often explains things in writing instead of showing readers through the actions of the characters. Many of the characters aren't well developed and when a teacher's secret is revealed it doesn't make the impact that it should since the teacher doesn't register as a character before that. The plot line of Benjamin's parents being spies comes to an abrupt and not very plausible end. While there is a major and quite well done twist at the end involving one of the children, the whole ending of the book feels rushed. Since this was supposed to be the last book in the series (there's another on the way), Nimmo wraps up most of the plot lines, but the plot line involving his father should have been much more developed and I found the end to that particular plot line rather flat. Children will like "Charlie Bone and the Hidden King" and the entire Children of the Red King Series, but adults will want deeper reading.

  15. 4 out of 5

    G

    The prologue is a big giveaway for the further events. I rather itkept at the later part of the story, so at least I could be 'surprised. Through his journey, Charlie slowly discovered his father's identity, which I wasn't surprised to find out who he was. Once he hinted that he knw his father, my mind became an auto-filter of the possibilities of all the characters, and I got it right. 'Naren' is also not Chinese nor Cantonese of sunflower. Character development is still not efficient. Too many The prologue is a big giveaway for the further events. I rather itkept at the later part of the story, so at least I could be 'surprised. Through his journey, Charlie slowly discovered his father's identity, which I wasn't surprised to find out who he was. Once he hinted that he knw his father, my mind became an auto-filter of the possibilities of all the characters, and I got it right. 'Naren' is also not Chinese nor Cantonese of sunflower. Character development is still not efficient. Too many characters - even the protagonist, Charlie Bone has only one or two layers of character, plus such a common (and well liked and overused name)called Charlie, Charlie Bone has little identity to me. And same goes for Emma, Tanfred, Lysander, Benjamin(Ben is back! And what did he do in the book that was the most memorable to me? "Where is Runner-Bean(his dog taken under Charlie's care)?" ), Olivia (I was hoping her power could contribute to the main plot, but it just happens that it was just for doing silly little mocks, so much for the endowed child who makes peace in Bloors), Emma(I'm the worst, I always forget about her and her personality), Fidelio(I want a story dedicated to his life and the Gunns), etc. There are significant ridiculous bits that I couldn't remember, but the one with Manfred irks me. In 'The Hidden King', Manfred can't hypnotise anymore, BUT. He can use fire. (Ooooh, burn!) How on Earth did he inherit the power of fire? Yeah, we all know Manfred is supposed to be feared, but doing this is too intentional and unrealistic. HOWEVER, I enjoyed it. Sort of. Great advancement in plot. Some images are memorable in my head. Still can't get over Fidelio and the Gunn family's swag. Will not, and never will. xx

  16. 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.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Danielle

    I think three stars is going to be a pretty consistent rating across all the books in this series, since they're not incredibly mind-blowing, and the writing itself can even be a bit messy at times and not fully fleshed out. BUT if I were to rate this against the other books in the series, I would definitely say this was one of the better books and was closer in quality to the first. One thing I was especially pleased with by the end was Charlie reuniting with his father—FINALLY, considering it w I think three stars is going to be a pretty consistent rating across all the books in this series, since they're not incredibly mind-blowing, and the writing itself can even be a bit messy at times and not fully fleshed out. BUT if I were to rate this against the other books in the series, I would definitely say this was one of the better books and was closer in quality to the first. One thing I was especially pleased with by the end was Charlie reuniting with his father—FINALLY, considering it was stupid-obvious from the first book who Charlie's father was and it only took five books for him to figure it out! Also, as if this doesn't need to be said enough: I love the Flame cats and I always will. They are precious, protective babies who are always there to save the day. 💛

  18. 5 out of 5

    Rebekah

    (For the people in the back: NAREN IS NOT SUNFLOWER IN ANY CHINESE DIALECT. What is it supposed to be, 那人?) Nimmo's writing is at its laziest yet in the fifth installment of the Charlie Bone series (formally known as the Children Of The Red King series). What makes this so painful to read is that the events described are brilliantly imagined. The story is a great children's fantasy but it's buried in schizophrenic narration. I mean, this would have been a 4-star book if only Nimmo had had an exper (For the people in the back: NAREN IS NOT SUNFLOWER IN ANY CHINESE DIALECT. What is it supposed to be, 那人?) Nimmo's writing is at its laziest yet in the fifth installment of the Charlie Bone series (formally known as the Children Of The Red King series). What makes this so painful to read is that the events described are brilliantly imagined. The story is a great children's fantasy but it's buried in schizophrenic narration. I mean, this would have been a 4-star book if only Nimmo had had an experienced reader (and maybe a UK-born Chinese person to tell her what's wrong with her Naren character) scrutinise it and provide feedback to refine her story before publication.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Debbie

    Book five in the Charlie Bone series. After an eerie warning by the flame cats, Charlie notices an ominous change in the picture of the Red King that hangs in Bloor's Academy. Soon all the animals disappear, Maisie freezes solid, and Amy begins to forget Lyell completely. Charlie, with the help of his friends, not only finds the animals, but also some important clues that may finally reveal his father's whereabouts.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Matthew

    This book about a boy name Charlie who can travel into pictures. He go to Bloor with other magic kids. One day, he found out that there is a invisible boy name Ollie who was lock up in the Bloor. Can Charlie be able to help Ollie escape? I like this book because it is a adventure book and it had many cool characters to know and they can fight with the bad guys to save Ollie.I like this book also because it is a thin book, so I can read for a long time.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Ryne

    Part of the reason why I disliked this book was because I originally thought it to be the last book in the series. If it were the last book, then I would say it had a TERRIBLE ending. As things stand, the ending still wasn't that great. The story is fun, but plot holes abound, along with characters I haven't become more sympathetic to since Book 1. I don't care to read the rest of the novels in the series.

  22. 4 out of 5

    An.ka

    I took this book when I was about 10 years old and I was that idiot that took the 5th book of the series and haven't read anything about the previous ones. Well, I haven't finished it, and don't think I am going to. It was kinda boring. Maybe that's becouse I haven't read the other ones.. I have no idea...

  23. 4 out of 5

    Nilsson

    This is why you shouldn't join in stepping on moths, tempting of a hobby as it may be. I know some people find the sport addicting, gleaning pleasure from the chalky white blood; there are whole meadows dedicated to the sport! But see now, how would you feel if one turned out to be someone's wand? There's a cake not worth the candle I say.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Mel Hawk

    Charlie's pops is alive again! onto number 6

  25. 5 out of 5

    Josh

    I just found out this is a sequel to charlie bone 8

  26. 4 out of 5

    Ursula

    22 August 2020. Finished Charlie Bone and the Hidden King, but Jenny Nimmo. Rating - 2 stars Genre - Fantasy Audience - Middle Grade I've attempted this series a couple of times, and never got past book 4. I couldn't remember why. I figured it was a combination of losing interest, getting distracted, and just not finding a convenient copy of the book. However, having picked this series up again, I'm seeing and remembering the problems, such as Asian micro-aggressions (just in this book), plot lines c 22 August 2020. Finished Charlie Bone and the Hidden King, but Jenny Nimmo. Rating - 2 stars Genre - Fantasy Audience - Middle Grade I've attempted this series a couple of times, and never got past book 4. I couldn't remember why. I figured it was a combination of losing interest, getting distracted, and just not finding a convenient copy of the book. However, having picked this series up again, I'm seeing and remembering the problems, such as Asian micro-aggressions (just in this book), plot lines coming to dead-ends, people and things conveniently appearing and disappearing as needed for the plot, and people being weirdly obsessed with Charlie Bone. Charlie Bone is special, but he's not more special than any of the other gifted students. I get that he can enter photographs, and that's useful in some cases, but I mean, I don't get the obsession. It's like the villains can't go five minutes without talking about Charlie. Seriously, of every time he eavesdrops, the villains are talking about him. Even in his presence with non-villains, over half the conversations are about him. It feels weird. Another random thing I noticed is that other people are awful for bullying, but when Charlie and his friends do it to the "bullies" or people they don't like, it's almost cheered on. Maybe I'm a stickler, I get that there's context, but I feel like something is either wrong or right. I don't like the double standard. Sorry, if I'm just talking about general things and not the book itself. I have some issues specific to this book, but I feel like I've ranted enough. One thing I liked about this book was that a mystery from earlier in the series was resolved, which was a welcome surprise. I'm curious how it'll play out in the next book. So far, I like the first couple of books in this series, but I don't recommend it... but I'll see if my opinion changes after I finish the next three... if I finish the next three. Quotes: xi - The Red King and his friend walked together through the forest. It was a golden autumn and leaves fell about them like bright coins. The king was tall, his black hair showed not a trace of grey and his dark skin was unlined, but the sorrow in his eyes was centuries old. xii - Each step took them further from the world of men, and closer to the forest's heart. xii - They came at last to a glade where even the dead leaves were silent. The grass was the colour of honey and hawthorn trees heavy with crimson berries. Mathonwy rested on a fallen tree but the king stood looking through the bare branches. The sky had turned a burning red but, in a high band of deepest blue, the first star showed. xiii - How empty the forest would be without the companion who had filled his mind with wonders, who had shared his thoughts, answered his doubts, conversed from sunrise to moonset. pg. 1 - Snow filled the air, thick and fast it heaped itself upon the sleeping city, almost as through it were trying to keep it safe. A blanket of down to smother the wilderness that someone was determined to let loose. pg. 14 - A small shudder passed though the earth; a movement imperceptible to humans but enough to send a tiny thread of fear though every creature in the region. Birds awoke and screamed, small frantic rodents scurried desperately for safety and the mournful howling of dogs carried through the bitter air.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Kris

    I may owe Jenny Nimmo an apology. Reading this series, one of my biggest complaints has been that the books are simplistically written - that the characters, the dialog, and the plot itself lack any depth. And I thought that was because the books were poorly written. But last week, I was talking to one of our children's librarians, and she brought up the idea that Nimmo intentionally wrote the books this way. Say your 5th grader is reading the Harry Potter series, and your 2nd grader also wants I may owe Jenny Nimmo an apology. Reading this series, one of my biggest complaints has been that the books are simplistically written - that the characters, the dialog, and the plot itself lack any depth. And I thought that was because the books were poorly written. But last week, I was talking to one of our children's librarians, and she brought up the idea that Nimmo intentionally wrote the books this way. Say your 5th grader is reading the Harry Potter series, and your 2nd grader also wants to read that series, but you feel it's a bit mature for a 2nd grader. The Charlie Bone series is a similar type of series, but perhaps more accessible (and/or appropriate) for a 2nd grader. Having said that, there are still things about the series that bother me: for one thing, the kids go to a special school, ostensibly because they have special magical gifts or "endowments", and the school will help them learn to use their gifts, but we never see any faculty or classes related to this. Also, the word "endowment" seems poorly chosen. There's a point in this volume where the narrator refers to Uncle Paton's gift for making light bulbs explode when he looks at them... as Nimmo calls it, his "exploding endowment". I just feel like there could have been a better choice of words. Finally, there are multiple examples of characters exploding in anger, or bursting into tears, or other extreme behaviors, all at once, when the situation doesn't warrant such an extreme reaction. Billy is sad about something Charlie has said, sure, but why is he bursting into tears? Charlie is upset that Bartholomew doesn't like Uncle Paton, OK, but why does he react so violently?

  28. 5 out of 5

    Gloria

    It is the winter term, begun again. Tancred is encouraged to make it snow by the Flames, who tell Billy that they want to try to prevent an object from being found. They did not succeed. All the animals fled to safety. The Bloors were not happy that Charlie and Billy got detention the weekend of the Heads and a Grand Ball. It was here that it was revealed who found the object and what they did with it! Charlie had noticed that the shadow in the portrait of the Red King was no longer as long and It is the winter term, begun again. Tancred is encouraged to make it snow by the Flames, who tell Billy that they want to try to prevent an object from being found. They did not succeed. All the animals fled to safety. The Bloors were not happy that Charlie and Billy got detention the weekend of the Heads and a Grand Ball. It was here that it was revealed who found the object and what they did with it! Charlie had noticed that the shadow in the portrait of the Red King was no longer as long and was no longer preventing him from entering the picture..... The shadow was released because of the object, and the shadow took over the gourmet food delivery service from the Kingdom. Charlie's grandmother Maisie was frozen - it was meant for Uncle Paton. Amy went to the Kingdom and was bewitched. She began forgetting about Lyell Bone...... Charlie is desperate to rescue his mother and grandmother while keeping Bloor's diaries from the other side. Skarpo helps in securing the diaries and he gives Charlie the Welsh spell to reverse what the shadow-enchanter was doing. There are other brave deeds done by Charlie's friends - and not-so-friends. But the end result is that Amy is freed and wants her rings back. Maisie is unfrozen. And Charlie has his father back.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Mapleleaf

    One morning, Charlie wakes up to snow and no animals in sight - no dogs, cats, even birds! He begins to worry that Runner Bean, his friend Benjamin's dog, will not be found or returned before Benjamin returns from China. As always, Charlie and his friends work together to solve the mystery but it was a new friend Naren who leads the way. The animals, having felt the earth rumble, ran away to Naren's family home hidden away from the Bloors. Her father Bartholomew Bloor has turned his back on his One morning, Charlie wakes up to snow and no animals in sight - no dogs, cats, even birds! He begins to worry that Runner Bean, his friend Benjamin's dog, will not be found or returned before Benjamin returns from China. As always, Charlie and his friends work together to solve the mystery but it was a new friend Naren who leads the way. The animals, having felt the earth rumble, ran away to Naren's family home hidden away from the Bloors. Her father Bartholomew Bloor has turned his back on his family and their evil ways. However, when Naren leads him to her home to fetch some of the animals, especially Runner Bean, her father helped Charlie who promised never to reveal Naren's home or to return. The rumble that the animals felt was when someone unearthed a magic mirror that allowed the shadow in the Red King's portrait to travel to present time. The story weaves in the discovery of Charlie's father, Lyell Bone, who was disguised the whole time as Mr. Pilgrim. He was hypnotized by Manfred Bloor to forget his past including his wife Amy and son Charlie. The spell was eventually broken after Charlie and eleven other enchanted children gathered around the Red King tree and recited a spell as they circled three times. At last, Charlie has his family back together. Series is much more exciting with Lyell's return.

  30. 4 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

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