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ISBN13: 9780439474290
ISBN10: 0439474299
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Charlie doesn't want to believe it when he discovers that he can hear the thoughts of people in photographs. But his horrible aunts are delighted — it means he is one of the chosen, and must change schools and attend the Bloor's Academy for gifted children. Once there, Charlie realizes that some of his classmates have equally mysterious powers. Soon Charlie is involved in uncovering the mysterious past of one of them. With the help of this friend Benjamin and his eccentric, gifted Uncle Paton, they discover the truth despite all the dangers that lie ahead.

Review:

"Bloor's Academy...bears some resemblance to Hogwarts School, but the story itself is quite different....[An] exciting, fast-paced adventure tale....Harry Potter's myriad fans will be well pleased." Sally Estes, Booklist

Review:

"[T]his paper-over-board British fantasy reads like ersatz Harry Potter....Nimmo writes solidly, but her powers of invention...cannot withstand the comparison she invites with J.K. Rowling." Publishers Weekly

Review:

"The magic falls short of Rowling's spectacles, and there are no astonishing foodstuffs or games. Still, this marvelous fantasy is able to stand on its own despite inevitable comparisons to the students of Hogwarts." Pam Carlson, VOYA

Review:

"Not as complex...as the Harry Potter books, the promise exists for a continued completely fresh angle on the magic story. Many hints are provided of depths to be plumbed in future entries in the series..." School Library Journal

Review:

"Readers may come away from this hefty series opener...with a distinct sense of déjà vu....Charlie's adventure adds up to a formulaic, thinly disguised placeholder for the next Harry Potter..." Kirkus Reviews

Synopsis:

The fabulous powers of the Red King were passed down through his descendants, after turning up quite unexpectedly, in someone who had no idea where they came from. This is what happened to Charlie Bone, and to some of the children he met behind the grim, gray walls of Bloor's Academy. Charlie Bone has discovered an unusual gift — he can hear people in photographs talking! His scheming aunts decide to send him to Bloor Academy, a school for geniuses, where he uses his gifts to discover the truth despite all the dangers that lie ahead.

Synopsis:

A magical fantasy that is fast-paced and easy-to-read. Charlie Bone has a special gift- he can hear people in photographs talking.

The fabulous powers of the Red King were passed down through his descendants, after turning up quite unexpectedly, in someone who had no idea where they came from. This is what happened to Charlie Bone, and to some of the children he met behind the grim, gray walls of Bloor's Academy.

Charlie Bone has discovered an unusual gift-he can hear people in photographs talking! His scheming aunts decide to send him to Bloor Academy, a school for genius's where he uses his gifts to discover the truth despite all the dangers that lie ahead.

About the Author

Jenny Nimmo is the author of the NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY bestselling Children of the Red King series as well as GRIFFIN'S CASTLE, THE DRAGON'S CHILD, and the award-winning Magician Trilogy, all published by Orchard Books. Several of her books have been awarded and shortlisted for the Smarties Prize, the Carnegie Medal, the Whitbread Award, and the WH Smith Mind-Boggling Books Award. She lives with her husband in an old mill in Wales.

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Shoshana, February 11, 2007 (view all comments by Shoshana)
+ Nice tone, engaging characters, complex plot

- Climactic moments a little rushed, some thin characterization

An enjoyable beginning to a young adult series. I imagine that Scholastic named these books to evoke the Harry Potter series, though “The Children of the Red King” is a reasonable series title that is more striking than “the Charlie Bone books,” and the "Charlie Bone and the..." titles are derivative.

Like Harry, Charlie is a young man just coming of age; also like Harry, he has hitherto unknown talents. His family is more like another Charlie’s family, Charlie Bucket of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Charlie’s relationships are credible and the environments, such as the menacing Bloor’s Academy, are vivid. Some characterization is a little thin and inconsistent (Billy is an example of this). On the other hand, characters such as Charlie’s Uncle Patton are nicely developed and ring true. The action is generally well-paced and the plot pleasingly convoluted. Nimmo’s revelations are well-placed and keep the action moving forward.

It may be that the legacy of Rowling’s dense Harry Potter series that almost all other young adult novels seem somewhat rushed and sketchy by comparison.
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Aimie, November 21, 2006 (view all comments by Aimie)
I read this book a few years ago, and yet the storyline always sticks in my mind. Jenny Nimmo is a very creative and imaginative author. This is a great novel for readers around 13 or younger. Nevertheless, it is still an enjoyable read for some teens. Although this book is based on magic, some aspects can still be related to our own realities. A very interesting and 'out of this world' read.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780439474290
Author:
Nimmo, Jenny
Publisher:
Orchard Books
Location:
New York
Subject:
Science Fiction, Fantasy, & Magic
Subject:
Children's 9-12 - Fiction - Fantasy
Subject:
Schools
Subject:
England
Subject:
Magic
Subject:
Boarding schools
Subject:
Fantasy & Magic
Subject:
Children s-Science Fiction and Fantasy
Subject:
General Juvenile Fiction
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st Scholastic ed.
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Series:
Children of the Red King
Series Volume:
5
Publication Date:
March 1, 2003
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from 4
Language:
English
Pages:
416
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in
Age Level:
08-UP

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Product details 416 pages Orchard Books (NY) - English 9780439474290 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Bloor's Academy...bears some resemblance to Hogwarts School, but the story itself is quite different....[An] exciting, fast-paced adventure tale....Harry Potter's myriad fans will be well pleased."
"Review" by , "[T]his paper-over-board British fantasy reads like ersatz Harry Potter....Nimmo writes solidly, but her powers of invention...cannot withstand the comparison she invites with J.K. Rowling."
"Review" by , "The magic falls short of Rowling's spectacles, and there are no astonishing foodstuffs or games. Still, this marvelous fantasy is able to stand on its own despite inevitable comparisons to the students of Hogwarts."
"Review" by , "Not as complex...as the Harry Potter books, the promise exists for a continued completely fresh angle on the magic story. Many hints are provided of depths to be plumbed in future entries in the series..."
"Review" by , "Readers may come away from this hefty series opener...with a distinct sense of déjà vu....Charlie's adventure adds up to a formulaic, thinly disguised placeholder for the next Harry Potter..."
"Synopsis" by , The fabulous powers of the Red King were passed down through his descendants, after turning up quite unexpectedly, in someone who had no idea where they came from. This is what happened to Charlie Bone, and to some of the children he met behind the grim, gray walls of Bloor's Academy. Charlie Bone has discovered an unusual gift — he can hear people in photographs talking! His scheming aunts decide to send him to Bloor Academy, a school for geniuses, where he uses his gifts to discover the truth despite all the dangers that lie ahead.
"Synopsis" by ,
A magical fantasy that is fast-paced and easy-to-read. Charlie Bone has a special gift- he can hear people in photographs talking.

The fabulous powers of the Red King were passed down through his descendants, after turning up quite unexpectedly, in someone who had no idea where they came from. This is what happened to Charlie Bone, and to some of the children he met behind the grim, gray walls of Bloor's Academy.

Charlie Bone has discovered an unusual gift-he can hear people in photographs talking! His scheming aunts decide to send him to Bloor Academy, a school for genius's where he uses his gifts to discover the truth despite all the dangers that lie ahead.

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