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Charlie Bone and the Time Twister (Children of the Red King) Hardcover – 1 Aug 2003

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  • Hardcover: 402 pages
  • Publisher: Orchard Books (1 Aug. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 043949687X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0439496872
  • Product Dimensions: 21.8 x 14.8 x 3.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 25 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,679,718 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Praise for the Children of the Red King series

"Vivid characters and stories that hang together well." --THE WASHINGTON POST

"Nimmo's characterizations . . . have a high comfort level, and her major players are well-defined and sympathetic. . . . an absorbing, well-wrought read." --BULLETIN OF THE CENTER FOR CHILDREN'S BOOKS

"A . . . worthwhile offering for avid fantasy fans." --SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL

"[An] exciting, fast-paced adventure tale." --BOOKLIST

"In ten-year-old Charlie Bone, Nimmo gives readers a character every bit as likeable and ingenious as Harry Potter. . . . [a] marvelous fantasy." --VOICE OF YOUTH ADVOCATES

Praise for the Children of the Red King series
"Vivid characters and stories that hang together well." --THE WASHINGTON POST
"Nimmo's characterizations . . . have a high comfort level, and her major players are well-defined and sympathetic. . . . an absorbing, well-wrought read." --BULLETIN OF THE CENTER FOR CHILDREN'S BOOKS
"A . . . worthwhile offering for avid fantasy fans." --SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL
"[An] exciting, fast-paced adventure tale." --BOOKLIST
"In ten-year-old Charlie Bone, Nimmo gives readers a character every bit as likeable and ingenious as Harry Potter. . . . [a] marvelous fantasy." --VOICE OF YOUTH ADVOCATES --This text refers to the Audio Cassette edition.

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January 2002. A month after the excitement of Christmas, on another cold night, Charlie meets Henry reappearing at Bloor’s in the twenty-first century, and realises Henry’s cousin is none other than old Ezekiel Bloor.

He hides Henry from Ezekiel’s spies, Billy Raven and Blessed the dog, while he and Fidelio work out how they can help Henry. Using the freezer to create the right temperature doesn’t work, but it does bring Cook and the Flames into the secret. Of the other endowed children, Emma is distant, Lysander and Tancred have fallen out, and then Gabriel tries on a mysterious black glove.

Charlie’s horrible Yewbeam aunts are trying to make him enter a picture of Skarpo, the magician, while his Uncle Paton has found he can avoid exploding light bulbs if he reads as he walks.

The friends meet up at the Pets’ Café, run by Mr and Mrs Onimous, and the town’s dogs chase Asa when he tries to slink in as a werewolf. Uncle Paton’s plan to soothe Julia Ingledew’s fears about his strange talent fails when he’s momentarily distracted from his book.

Meanwhile, back at Bloor’s, Henry has been captured by Manfred and Ezekiel, and Mrs Bloor has finally been able to escape using the Time Twister. Paton is suddenly run over by the Yewbeam aunts, but asks Julia Ingledew to give Charlie a Welsh dictionary, that will allow him to command the wand of a Welsh wizard.

Charlie, with the endowed children and Uncle Paton, sets off to rescue Henry from the Pets’ Café which has a secret tunnel to where Henry is imprisoned. After releasing Henry from the dungeon with the Welsh wand, Charlie takes him to the home of Henry’s brother, James, now an old man, looked after by Cook’s sister, Pearl. Everyone thoroughly enjoys Uncle Paton’s birthday party, especially when Tancred’s father blows the Yewbeam aunts down the street.

--This text refers to the Audio Cassette edition.

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