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Children of the Red King #05: Charlie Bone and the Hidden King

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ISBN13: 9780439545303
ISBN10: 0439545307
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When Charlie turns twelve on New Year's Eve, the Flame Cats give him a grave warning: Something ancient has awoken, and Charlie must be watchful. Soon Charlie learns that the shadow from the Red King's portrait has been released, and that it will do anything to keep Charlie from finding his father. Meanwhile, pets are mysteriously vanishing from the city, and Olivia is in danger of revealing her newfound powers.

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When Charlie turns twelve, the Flame Cats give him a grave warning: Something ancient has awoken, and Charlie must be watchful. Soon Charlie learns that the shadow from the Red King's portrait has been released, and it will do anything to keep Charlie from finding his father.

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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cutiestar211, September 24, 2014 (view all comments by cutiestar211)
Im a big fan of this series im fourteen years old and i cant go one night without reading one
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Shoshana, March 26, 2007 (view all comments by Shoshana)
+ More plot advancement than in previous volumes
- The same problems of inadequate character development, coherent motives, and deus ex machina that plague the previous volumes in this series

On the one hand, this is a better book that the three of four that came before it. On the other hand, it still demonstrates why J. K. Rowling has had such phenomenal success not just with children but with adult readers as well.

I'm very puzzled about why Charlie has made so little exploration and use of his endowment. He is possibly the most uninquisitive protagonist I've encountered in young adult literature. However, this dullness may be explained by his community's lack of curiosity--all the animals disappear and the only notice they make of this is that it must have something to do with those weirdos at Bloor's Academy? One hopes they'd be more interested in where fried chicken comes from when there are no chickens.

As usual, story events are largely picaresque, un-prepared for or clumsily foreshadowed, and inconsistent. "Charlie's old enemy, Damian (sic) Smerk" appears briefly (p. 171), but previous mention of Damien is so scant that even online concordances by Charlie Bone devotees have nothing to say about him. Ezekiel claims he can "rearrange history" using Charlie's endowment; why would this work if the time-twister didn't (oh, except it did, after we were told that it couldn't). Hidden under a table, Charlie sees "an upside-down face" appear as someone looks under the table. Try this at home and discover that it is impossible unless the person climbed over the table and, laying upon it, looked over the opposite side--hardly likely to happen covertly at a major formal dinner. "Count Harken," a bit-player who married the Red King's daughter, evokes Count Olaf. Why did Miss Chrystal disguise her relationship to Joshua Tilpin? Uncle Patton: Too dumb to cancel his gourmet food baskets? "Charlie, I forgot to tell you. Tolly Twelve Bells has been stolen" (p. 289). Finally! The return of a plot element--but nothing further comes of this. The Mirror of Amoret only works for children of the Red King. Oops, but no, it works for the enchanter because "he is an enchanter" (p. 294). Okay, glad we got that straightened out. "Oh, I forgot" a mysterious communication from Skarpo, says Charlie (p. 326). Bodyguards are too stupid to stop a young girl from entering the exclusive suite of a powerful enchanter (p. 359 ff.). "The spell!...Idiot that I am. I forgot it" says Patton (p. 386). The moral of this paragraph is that the world is inexplicable when run by persons of average intelligence.

The one saving grace of this volume is the change of allegiance that occurs for one relatively important character. It inspires the only emotion I have experienced in this series to date.

In terms of printing issues, this book (in hardback, at least) does not have the misplaced preface about the Red King and his time-twister that appeared incorrectly in volumes 3 and 4. However, in the description of the series at the back of the book, it gives Henry Yewbeam's name as "Hart," which is inaccurate and puzzling. "Hart Noble" owns Kingdom's; Henry Yewbeam appears on the family tree as "Henry" and this is his name in the UK edition as well. Such sloppiness speaks to me of a book rushed into print without adequate attention to detail. This is a sign of the publisher treating the work as genre fiction, rather than giving it its due as literature. I usually think highly of Scholastic, but this series is causing me to re-evaluate that.
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Brandy, March 5, 2007 (view all comments by Brandy)
I absolutely love the children of the red king series and thought that this book was fantastic! It had an excellent plot and had me wanting more right from the start.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780439545303
Author:
Nimmo, Jenny
Publisher:
Orchard Books (NY)
Author:
Jenny
Author:
Nimmo
Subject:
Science Fiction, Fantasy, & Magic
Subject:
Children's 9-12 - Fiction - Fantasy
Subject:
Children's 9-12 - Fiction - Science Fiction
Subject:
Schools
Subject:
Boarding schools
Subject:
Action & Adventure - General
Subject:
Fantasy & Magic
Subject:
England
Subject:
Magic
Subject:
Children s-Science Fiction and Fantasy
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Series:
Children of the Red King
Series Volume:
05
Publication Date:
20060631
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from 4 up to 7
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
464
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in
Age Level:
09-12

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"Synopsis" by , When Charlie turns twelve, the Flame Cats give him a grave warning: Something ancient has awoken, and Charlie must be watchful. Soon Charlie learns that the shadow from the Red King's portrait has been released, and it will do anything to keep Charlie from finding his father.
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