Charlie Bone and the Hidden King

Charlie Bone and the Hidden King

Book - 2006
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When an ancient enchanter is released from the grounds of Bloor's Academy, threatening both of Charlie Bone's parents, the only way Charlie and his friends can defeat him is by finding the red king himself.
Publisher: New York : Orchard Books, 2006.
Edition: 1st Scholastic ed.
ISBN: 9781415678329
1415678324
9780439545303
0439545307
Branch Call Number: J
Characteristics: xx, 441 p. : ill. ; 22 cm.

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DBRL_KrisA Feb 19, 2018

I may owe Jenny Nimmo an apology. Reading this series, one of my biggest complaints has been that the books are simplistically written - that the characters, the dialog, and the plot itself lack any depth. And I thought that was because the books were poorly written. But last week, I was talking to one of our children's librarians, and she brought up the idea that Nimmo intentionally wrote the books this way. Say your 5th grader is reading the Harry Potter series, and your 2nd grader also wants to read that series, but you feel it's a bit mature for a 2nd grader. The Charlie Bone series is a similar type of series, but perhaps more accessible (and/or appropriate) for a 2nd grader.

Having said that, there are still things about the series that bother me: for one thing, the kids go to a special school, ostensibly because they have special magical gifts or "endowments", and the school will help them learn to use their gifts, but we never see any faculty or classes related to this. Also, the word "endowment" seems poorly chosen. There's a point in this volume where the narrator refers to Uncle Paton's gift for making light bulbs explode when he looks at them... as Nimmo calls it, his "exploding endowment". I just feel like there could have been a better choice of words. Finally, there are multiple examples of characters exploding in anger, or bursting into tears, or other extreme behaviors, all at once, when the situation doesn't warrant such an extreme reaction. Billy is sad about something Charlie has said, sure, but why is he bursting into tears? Charlie is upset that Bartholomew doesn't like Uncle Paton, OK, but why does he react so violently?

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nimradar123
Jul 06, 2012

love this series an awesome book!! #imagineteencontest

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kmckinos11
Apr 17, 2011

i love the book and it is good

ksnell Jul 21, 2010

hate it

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stinson
May 21, 2010

best book in the series!!!
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babu2002
Dec 30, 2009

This is a great series and this is the Fifth book in it. I like the author of these books and I think that she explains the story well. This is a great book.

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