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Charlie Bone & the Hidden King

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Product details

  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Egmont Children's Books (4 Jun. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1405250321
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405250320
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 9,985,513 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This book is a gripping fantasy tale of mystery, suitable for children and adults. If you like Harry Potter you will love this.

Harry, aged 8

(Books for Keeps)

“A fast moving, dialogue-driven romp with plenty of cliff-hangers for those first hooked into reading by Harry Potter".

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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. She feels passionately that every child should have access to as many books as they want. Jenny enjoys writing about magic because it is inexplicable and unpredictable, and anything can happen. 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. 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 book is part of The Children of The Red King quintet. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Format: Hardcover
One snowy winter, Charlie Bone wakes up to find that his friend's dog has disappeared - he runs down to pet's corner to find that every animal in the city has disappeared. After the loss of his father, he now thinks that there is something behind it all. One night he is sent a shadow message by a mysterious girl. He follows her to find that she is the adopted daughter of Bartholomew Bloor who was believed to be lost in the mountains. Bartholomew tells Charlie about the disappearance of the animals and tells him that he must hide some files in time. During a weekend, Charlie stays at Bloor's Academy, and creeps into the Hundred Head dinner (a dinner which happens every 10 years, that consists of one hundred magicians). He hears that his father, Lyell, was believed to be a murderer, and that an old evil king called Count Harken Badlock had come back to stop Lyell from waking. With the help of Bartholomew's diaries, he finds the Mirror of Amoret, which will help him find his father. He also discovers a spell which will make the shadow disappear. But in a chain of events, his mother falls in love with a magician who will slowly turn her evil and Charlie's grandmother suddenly becomes cold and stiffens. Charlie must work quickly. In the diaries he also discovers that he needs the tears of the Red King. He needs these because long ago the Red King turned into a something as his children were betraying him. Eventually Charlie finds the object, it is a tree, and brings all the endowed children together to the tree, and they perform a ritual to stop the shadow and help find Charlie Bone's father.

This book is a simple but effective read it; uses an easy vocabulary to put points over. There are a lot of red herrings in this book which makes it exciting and mysterious.
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I like fantasy and magical books with lots of twists and good plots. After reading the charlie bone series, after each book, I found it very hard to put down. Amongst all of the great authors out there. Jenny Nimmo is definetly on the top of my list. Jenny writes with a passion and feeling which I believe most writers take years to hone. The hidden King is a great book, which creates a world of magical adventure and non-stop action. Buy it Now!
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I first read Jenny Nimmo Snow Spider series when I was a child, needless to say I loved it so when I was looking for a book for my then 11 year old cousin one day and i found the Charlie Bone series i immediately bought it. Nimmo has an excellent writing style which draws you into her books and makes you feel for her characters. I have gone on to give these books to many children both boys and girls, they have all loved them as i have myself. I would recommend these books to any child and prefer them to Harry Potter as gifts for children as the entire series is suitable for any age group, while the latter Harry Potter books are quite scary for a younger audience.
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Format: Hardcover
My boys (9 and 12) love this Charlie Bone series and were waiting impatiently for this new story. They never want to stop reading it as there is always something exciting happening. The characters are easy to relate to and the action is fast paced. I have started reading this to my year 5 class and they are loving it as well. I highly recommend this book for boys and girls from the age of 7 and above.
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Part of a series of books written for children aged 9+ highly recommended reading for girls and boys
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A friend recommended the charlie bone series to me. I've now read five and they just get better and better. There are a few clumsy bits stylistically where there are passages of explanation rather than action or dialogue, but the stories are.told with such pace, humour and sheer warmth that I just want to keep reading. starting no 6 now!
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An amazing book definitely five stars absolutely brilliant
I loved this book. I recommend 9 plus because it can be a bit scary but it is brilliant. They should make a film of this!!!
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