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Charlie Bone and the Hidden King Paperback – August 1, 2006

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Grade 5–8—In the fifth installment (Orchard, 2006) of the series by Jenny Nimmo, Charlie Bone has a whole new set of mysteries to figure out—and his father is still missing. The boy discovers that the shadow from the portrait of the Red King that hangs in his school has disappeared, and everyone's pets are vanishing as well. Charlie meets Naren, a strange girl who claims to know the whereabouts of the pets. As if this wasn't enough, Charlie's mother seems to have forgotten about his father and fallen in love with an enchanter. Charlie needs his friends now more than ever if he's finally going to get to the bottom of things. To fully understand the characters and situations, the books should be read in sequence. Narrator Simon Russell Beale gives each character a distinct and recognizable voice. A must for science fiction/fantasy collections where the previous volumes are popular.—Traci Glass, Southeast Regional Library, Gilbert, AZ
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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". -- Reviewer The Bookseller --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Series: Charlie Bone
  • Paperback: 441 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Australia; First Edition edition (August 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0439545315
  • ISBN-13: 978-0439545310
  • ASIN: 1741661234
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 1.1 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (75 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,569,433 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By J.A. VINE VOICE on June 12, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I felt that the last book, The Castle of Mirrors, was missing some of Ms. Nimmo's usual "zip". It felt like there was a bit of hesitancy in her writing. Of all the books, I enjoyed that the least. However, in The Hidden King, Ms. Nimmo is back to her wonderful, enjoyable form that has made this series so pleasant and charming.

New characters continue to appear, old ones remain and rivalries still exist. A tremendous secret is uncovered - well, several, to be honest. Quite a bit is at stake here, and there are several threads that need to be managed and I found her management to be deftly done.

In earlier reviews I had voiced a concern that the books always revolved around children that the Bloors/Yewbeams didn't want to be found. That stopped in the last book, and continued here. There are no lost children...but someone else is lost, and we know why. In this instance, it makes sense - and that's so important in art. Things need to make sense, because if they don't, not many people will buy the book.

The momentum has returned...and while I said my mouth was dry after finishing the last book, it is nearly drooling in anticipation for the next book. What a magnificent ending! This is an excellent series for its intended audience, blending in the right amount of mystery, intrigue, with a firm understanding of what is right and what is wrong.
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Charlie Bone and the Hidden King is another in a series of fun books to read. Jenny Nimmo is skilled in her storytelling.

The plot is simple, straightforward, and compelling enough to get the reader to the end of the book with ample satisfaction. The Hidden King adds extra elements about those who are endowed with the introduction of the existence of other academies for descendants of the Red King throughout the world.

The battle with the shadow, the continuation of the search for Charlie's brain wiped father, and the introduction of just enough new characters who are good and evil make this book another in the series that leaves the reader begging for the next book to be done sooner.

It is easy to see that Jenny Nimmo is skilled because when her Charlie Bone books come out I put them off as long as I can because I know that once I start reading, I will read the book straight through and then I will have to wait FOREVER, or it seems like forever for the next installment. The fact that I approach these books knowing I will love them and then finish wanting more proves that Nimmo has a gift.

I hope Charlie Bone goes on forever and that Jenny Nimmo gets a movie contract for screenplay adaptations of the series that rivals JK Rowling's deal.
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Format: Hardcover
Took me longer to get around to reading this than I would have liked. However, as always Nimmo's writing is very easy to read, so I zipped through the book. Charlie and his friends (allies) have more of the Red King mystery to unravel this time around. Finally things are happening that I had been anticipating since the first book. (I won't spoil the book for anyone, but I was really happy with the results).

Some great new characters are introduced, who will really add some layers of complexity to other dynamics down the road. The villian of this book--doesn't seem to do as much as he threatens to--Charlie is very effective at stopping him, it seems. Shades of gray are really seen in this book too--which goes really well with the title, characters act in ways you might not have expected them to in the past.

I really love this books, they aren't hard to read and are a much lighter story than alot of their contemporaries (Harry Potter etc). I'd say great for anyone above 3rd grade or there abouts. A very fun series, and clearly Nimmo has more to tell,so I will be eagerly awaiting the next book.
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A Kid's Review on August 1, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I thought this book was amazing and was the best book (so far)in the Charlie Bone series. It kept me on the edge of my seat and wanting more. I love how every book is full of action and secrets. This is a great book for Harry Potter fans everywhere, but I think it is better then Harry Potter! YOU HAVE TO READ THIS! Five stars all the way!
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Format: Hardcover
I feel this is the best one yet(and I hope there will be more)

The Flames show up on New Years Eve and in trying to keep something terrible from happening they try to warn Charlie and his friends of the danger they are in. Where have all the beloved pets gone? All the animals from the largest to the smallest have dissapeared and Charlie aims to find them. Who is the shadow really that blocks Charlie from seeing into the Painting of The Red King? Why is Amy Bone(Charlie's mom) acting so odd? The answers to these and many more questions will be answered. I blew threw this book in three days and loved every page. IF you love Charlie Bone you'll love this book.
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In Charlie's most dangerous adventure yet, the shadow from the Red King's painting has escaped. Mysterious things begin happening at Bloor's Academy, but with the help of some new and unexpected friends and forces Charlie gets closer to uncovering the mystery of his father.

The shadow trapped in the Red King's portrait has escaped(or has been set loose) and strange things start happening in and out of Bloor's Academy. All of the animals in the town are scared away by a rumbling in the ground, the headmaster's grandson has obtained a new power instead of his troublesome hypnotism, and Charlie's grandmother has suddenly frozen. The evil shadow has taken form of a man, and has Charlie's mother in a trance that has her charmed. Charlie's mother has completely lost all memory of Charlie' father, and that seems to be just what the Shadow wants. Only the combined strength of the Children of the Red King can restore everything back to the way it should be and save Charlie's father from being entirely forgotten and lost forever.

I enjoyed this book because of the mysteriousness of the villain, the surprising events, the personalities of certain characters, and the new characters.

The mysteriousness of the villain made this book thrilling to read. "The Shadow" was kept vague throughout the beginning if the book until you found out later that he was actually a man from 900 years ago named Count Harken Badlock, who is taking the form of a regular man. He seems normal on the outside, but he is truly evil. It is interesting to see the way he is so nice in front of person he has tranced, and the completely opposite, spiteful person he really is in front of his enemy.
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