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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Listening Library; Unabridged edition (9 Jan 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0739339001
  • ISBN-13: 978-0739339008
  • Product Dimensions: 16.1 x 14 x 2.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,370,677 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Jenny Nimmo lives in a converted watermill in Wales. Her husband, David, is a painter and print-maker, and all three of her children speak Welsh fluently. She finds Wales, a land of legends, a very inspiring place to live.

For as long as she can remember, Jenny has loved books. At boarding school, reading was her way to overcome loneliness or boredom. However, she is aware that not everyone finds reading comes easily, and feels passionately that every child should have all the help they need, and access to as many books as they want.

In 1986 her book, The Snow Spider, won the Smarties Grand Prix, and in 1987 it was awarded the Tir na n-Og by the Welsh Arts Council. She wrote the sequels, Emlyn's Moon and The Chestnut Soldier, because she was unable to let go of the characters in The Snow Spider, and needed to find out what would become of them. She enjoys writing about magic because it is inexplicable and unpredictable, and anything can happen. The Rinaldi Ring, was chosen as Guardian Book of the Week and was shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal and received a commendation.

Jenny's latest books are part of the very successful Children of The Red King series. There are already seven books to enjoy, Midnight For Charlie Bone, The Time Twister (winner of Askew's Spotlight Award) The Blue Boa, The Castle of Mirrors, The Hidden King and The Wilderness Wolf, Charlie Bone and The Shadow of Badlock. The series will conclude in autumn 2009 with the eighth book.

Find out more about Charlie Bone at www.charlie-bone.com


Titles published by Egmont by Jenny Nimmo:

The Strongest Girl In The World
Hot Dog, Cool Cat
Ill Will, Well Nell

Delilah and the Dogspell
Delilah and the Dishwasher Dogs
Delilah Alone
Seth and the Strangers

Tatty Apple
Ultramarine
The Snow Spider
The Chestnut Soldier
Emlyn's Moon
The Bronze Trumpeter
Griffin's Castle

Milo's Wolves
The Rinaldi Ring

Telling Tales Series
Jenny Nimmo by Wendy Cooling

The Children of the Red King Series
Midnight for Charlie Bone
The Time Twister
The Blue Boa
The Castle of Mirrors
Charlie Bone and the Hidden King
Charlie Bone and the Wilderness Wolf
Charlie Bone and the Shadow of Badlock (Sept 08)

Product Description

Review

‘Possibly the best book I have ever read…when I’d finished the book, I went straight back to the beginning.’ Tom Loyn (13)

‘Just right for snuggling up with a mug of cocoa…’ Jonny Birkett (11)

‘Dark, funny, crackling with magic…’ Artemis Cooper

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From the Back Cover

Since his father died, Charlie Bone has lived with his mother and her mother, in the house of his other grandmother, Grandma Bone.

Whilst looking at a picture of a couple with a baby and a cat, he suddenly discovers an extraordinary magical talent – he can hear their voices. Although he tries to hide his new gift, Grandma Bone's scary sisters soon find out, and determine to send him to Bloor's Academy. Mr Onimous appears, and tell Charlie he must find the baby from the photograph, lost inside Bloor's.

The mystery deepens when Charlie tries to return the picture to its rightful owner, a bookseller who gives him a heavy box, saying only that it was once swapped for a child.

Charlie quickly finds life at Bloor's pretty tough, with its strict rules and the malevolent head boy, Manfred, set against him. He meets someone else with a gift, Gabriel Silk, who can pick up people's feeling from their clothes. Charlie asks about his father's tie, and Gabriel surprises him by saying his father is lost, not dead.

Mr Onimous' cats have been involved in a mysterious fire at the school, and more frightening than that, Manfred's sinister gift is to be able to hypnotise people. Exploring at the weekend with new friends Olivia and Billy, Charlie overhears a conversation between Dr Bloor and Manfred. They discover the cats are eight hundred years old, and that Bloor and Manfred are keeping a girl under hypnosis. Charlie realises the girl from the photograph must be Emilia Moon and manages to awaken her using the box. The hypnotism cannot be proved to the authorities and the children will have to return next term, once more under the power of Dr Bloor.

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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Mrs D on 28 Jan 2006
Format: Paperback
Story line: This story is about a boy called Charlie Bone who finds out he can hear voices in pictures. He is sent to a horrible school
called Bloors Academy where he meets Olivia Vertigo and Fidelio Gun.
Our thoughts: We thought this book was really interesting and it is full of dramatic events. The book is jam packed with mystery and Jenny Nimmo must have spent a lot of time writing it.
We would recommend it to: We would recommend it to children all around the world as it is such a great book.
Thoughts of the author: Jenny Nimmo is a great author and has wonderful ideas. We can’t wait to read the next few books. We would like her to write a lot more Charlie bone books as they are brill!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Ms. J. L. Pereira on 22 May 2008
Format: Paperback
Midnight for Charlie Bone, is a mysterious story, and Charlie Bone has some great adventures. He lives with his wicked Grandma, Grandma Bone and the rest of his family. It seems that Charlie's father is dead, but Charlie doesn't think so.....is he or not?

When his Aunts discover that Charlie can hear peoples voices in photos his aunts send him to Bloor's Academy. At Bloor's Charlie meets three new friends that help him solve the mystery of a hypnotised girl and the Red King.
This story is full of magic, fun and adventure. Ash Class really enjoyed reading it.
We recommend this book to boys and girls aged 7-13.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Shelley Wood VINE VOICE on 21 Jan 2004
Format: Paperback
At first glance this book appears to be a Harry Potter clone, Charlie's picture on the cover even bears an uncanny resemblance to the spectacled sorceror himself.
Upon reading we realise that this is something very different indeed...
Charlie is a normal boy who lives with assorted members of his family and likes nothing better than running over the road to play with his friend Benjamin (not Ben) and his dog Runnerbean (or bean for short). One day charlie takes some photo's to be developed and-after a mix up- gets more than just a glossy finish on his prints.
After discovery of his "gift" he is sent to Bloor's Academy for the gifted child where he is only one of six pupils with mystical powers whom are treated with distain by the other pupils.
So, the scene is set, the plot twists more than Silverstone involving stolen children, unearthly toys and dark, dark family secrets.
This first book in presumably a series is a gentle introduction to the World of Charlie bone and his friends. More of a scene setter than blazing adventure it's still a highly enjoyable read, compelling with tense moments and well rounded characters who are instantly likeable.
This book is a great read for kids and plants its sticky jam-covered hand firmly in the "inner child" market as well. Buy this book and read it together with your kids, if you havent got any kids-buy it anyway, i won't tell if you dont!
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Mrs D on 28 Jan 2006
Format: Paperback
Story line: it is about a young boy who looks in to a picture that he got for his Friends Birthday, he looked into the picture and started hearing the voices from the people inside the picture and he got sent to an ancient boarding school for people who are endowed like Charlie
What I think about it: I like it because it is very mysterious and one thing always leads to another.
Would I recommend it to people: yes I would. I think most people would like this book!!!!!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By brawnybalboa on 26 Aug 2008
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Having read the Harry Potter books and the Children of the Red King series I can wholeheartedly say that I prefer Jenny Nimmo's books to JK Rowling's. I found Midnight for Charlie Bone completely encapsulating and I have re-read it multiple times.

The story is about a 10 year old boy (called Charlie Bone) who learns that he possesses an "endowment", a type of supernatural gift. He is soon forced into attending Bloors academy (a private school for the Arts & endowed children). Whilst at the academy he uncovers a mystery of a missing girl and with the help of his friends Fidelio, Olivia, Benjamin & Gabriel and the hindrance of his horrible Grandmother and Great Aunts he uncovers the mystery lurking within Bloors academy.

A recommended read for anyone!
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 25 Oct 2002
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I read Midnight for Charlie Bone with my nine year old son and we both loved it! My son absolutely didn't want to put this book down, which hasn't happened since the Harry Potter series.
Charlie is a typical 10 year old boy who is happy attending school and spending time with his best friend Benjamin and his dog Runner Bean, until he suddenly begins to hear voices coming from photographs. The moment his evil and powerful Yewbeam relatives realize Charlie is one of the "endowed" they send him off to Bloors Academy, an unwelcoming, gloomy school for the specially gifted. Along the way Charlie stumbles onto a mystery involving a stolen baby and a very mysterious case entrusted to his care that everyone seems to be after. A wide variety of interesting people (both good and evil) enter Charlie's life as he sets out to help the lost baby. Charlie will need all his courage and the help of his friends, both old and new, to get to the bottom of the mystery. The characters in this book are memorable and wonderful. We loved our journey into Charlie's world and are eagerly anticipating the sequel. My son can't wait to share this book with all his friends.
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