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Move over Harry there's a new kid on the block.,
This review is from: Midnight for Charlie Bone (Children of the Red King - book 1) (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!