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Midnight for Charlie Bone
by Jenny Nimmo (more about Jenny Nimmo) 1737/8 first published 2002
Fantasy and Magic for ages 8 to 14 published by Egmont Children's Books
Mrs Mad's humble opinion
10/10 Excellent work. Well done!
What's it about?
A boy who can hear people talking to him in photographs!
What happens?
Charlie Bone has never shown any particular signs of being endowed with magical gifts, until one day he hears the people talking in the photograph he is holding. All of a sudden his horrible grandmother and her sisters descend upon the house and insist he goes to Bloor's Academy, a school for gifted children. Charlie cannot say no because since his father died some years before ha and his mother live on the charity of the Yewbeam side of the family. The photograph seems to be very important and Charlie discovers that the poor baby who was given away in it is actually at the Academy too. Charlie knows that he must go and find the child in the photograph, what he doesn't realise is how very dangerous that is going to be!
Is it easy to read?
Large text and good writing make these books suitable for an able reader girls and boys will really enjoy this series.
Anything else?
First of all if anyone tells you this book is like Harry Potter, ignore that comment. It has a boy as the hero and is set in a school where magic happens. That is all that is similar, Jenny Nimmo's story seems to be closer to our world with traces of Celtic mythology running through it. This was a wonderful book to read, there are so many twists and turns of the plot, you know who the baddies are but you don't know what their powers are, or what it is they are trying to do. I remember reading 'The Snow Spider' trilogy years ago and being totally enthralled by it, I had that same feeing as soon as I started reading this new book. You can't go wrong with this series or this author, she is one of our best writers in this genre. Read it now!
Other books by Jenny Nimmo include Dog Star, Emlyn's Moon, Griffin's Castle, Seth and the Strangers, The Chestnut Soldier, The Rinaldi Ring, The Snow Spider, The Time Twister, Tom and the Pterosaur, Ultramarine.
Who says so?
This review by Mrs Mad.
The publisher reckons...
Since his father died, Charlie Bone has lived with his mother and her mother, in the house of his other grandmother, Grandma Bone. Looking at a picture of a couple with a baby and a cat, he suddenly discovers 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.
And what do you think?
Chloe, Los Angeles
Well i dont know yet if i will like it or not because i havent read it yet.I am going to get it from my grandmother as a gift for christmas.She asked what book i would like and we went to the shop and i saw the cover the title i read the blurb.And it seem More...
Austin, Edmond, Oklahoma
i loved this book "cause it was so exciting. i thought that gabriel silk was just the coolest "cause of his endowment. this book has such a great mystery. i just bought "charlie bone 2" and i can"t wait to see what happens.
Nadia, TIS
It all happened in a school book store at my school. I was looking around and I didn"t know what on earth I was going to buy. Then I spot a book just around the corner. First I read the front page didnt really now what it was about then I read the back it More...
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