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Midnight for Charlie Bone (Children of the Red King - book 1) Audio Cassette – Audiobook, 7 Apr 2003
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‘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
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.See all Product description
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Yet this did not prevent Charlie Bone from being an enjoyable novel in its own right. The pacing was excellent and it concluded satisfactory manner while still leaving enough open to make me curious as to where it will go next. It also presented a good mixture of magical and non-powered characters while succeeding in making the normal children still seem on equal footing to the more extraordinary.
While not all members of the cast are well fleshed out in this novel, I get the impression that they will be developed further in future volumes. I'm especially looking for this with regards to the villains, who seemed to have little motivation in this novel. I'm curious to discover what their motivations actually are.
All in all, it was a pretty sound children's book and would be a nice read for a child who loves fantasy but is maybe a little too young for Harry Potter.
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!
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.
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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