The Resource Midnight for Charlie Bone, Jenny Nimmo

Midnight for Charlie Bone, Jenny Nimmo

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Midnight for Charlie Bone
Title
Midnight for Charlie Bone
Statement of responsibility
Jenny Nimmo
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Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Charlie Bone's life with his widowed mother and two grandmothers undergoes a dramatic change when he discovers that he can hear people in photographs talking
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Review
  • Gr. 4-6. These days stories about schools for budding magicians are inevitably compared to the Harry Potter books. Indeed, British author Nimmo’s creation, Bloor’s Academy “for gifted children,” bears some resemblance to Hogwart’s School, but the story itself is quite different. Seemingly ordinary Charlie Bone suddenly discovers that he can hear the thoughts of people in photographs, a talent that dour Grandma Bone and her three baleful sisters work to bend to their own ends by sending him to Bloor’s and to its sinister headmaster. It’s not an easy year for Charlie despite the friends he makes. Too many people have it in for him as he’s swept into an age-old battle being waged by descendants of a powerful king of long ago. A mysterious box, a missing girl, a strange man who flits in and out in the company of three brightly colored cats, and various villains all figure into Charlie’s exciting, fast-paced adventure tale, which happily is the first book in planned quintet called Children of the Red King. Harry Potter’s myriad fans will be well pleased. (Reviewed January 1, 2003) -- Sally Estes
  • Gr 4-6 –When he is 10 years old, Charlie discovers that he is able to look at photographs and hear conversations and even thoughts that were taking place at the time the photo was taken, a legacy of his ancestor the Red King, whose descendants all have different magical abilities. Charlie hears one conversation that sets him on a search for a girl who has been missing for years, and when he begins attending Bloor's Academy, an elite boarding school for the rich and the endowed (as the Red King's descendants are called), his life becomes full of intrigue and danger. Charlie, his friend Benjamin, and other allies try to unlock the secrets of a mysterious case that could get the girl back, while the sinister Bloors and Charlie's ghastly relatives who are endowed try to thwart them. While the parallels with Harry Potter are obvious, this fantasy has its own charms, chief among them being the endoweds' often-odd magical abilities. The writing is deft, most of the characters are intriguing, and Charlie Bone is an appealing boy. The story is marred by some predictability, and the role of the endowed in this otherwise contemporary, unmagical society is not clear. Many aspects of the book are not fully thought out, making it less compelling than it might be. However, this is the first of a projected series, so it will be interesting to see if some of these vague points are resolved. A flawed but worthwhile offering for avid fantasy fans.–Eva Mitnick, Los Angeles Public Library --Eva Mitnick (Reviewed February 1, 2003) (School Library Journal, vol 49, issue 2, p146)
  • The first in the projected Children of the Red King series, this paper-over-board British fantasy reads like ersatz Harry Potter. Charlie Bone, a likable "ordinary" boy of about 10, lives with his loving widowed mom and her mother, a salt-of-the-earth type, and his foreboding but wealthy paternal relations, who are "endowed" (with psychic abilities) and who watch Charlie for signs of the Yewbeam family gift. When Charlie suddenly begins to "hear" subjects in photographs, the Yewbeams delightedly pack him off to Bloor's Academy for similarly gifted children. Before he enrolls, however, voices from photographs lead him into a mystery, pointing to a suspicious baby "adoption" and involving clues about his own father's past; while these are the most original elements here, they, too, are familiar. At the Hogwarts-like Bloor's, Charlie is thrust into an ongoing struggle of good vs. evil, accompanied by new friends (an albino orphan, a drama diva and a musician) and confronted with mesmerizing foes (chiefly, the scion of the power-mad Bloor family). Nimmo writes solidly, but her powers of invention (shown in, for example, her Griffin's Castle ) cannot withstand the comparison she invites with J.K. Rowling. Next in the series, The Time Twister . Ages 12-up. (Mar.) --Staff (Reviewed December 9, 2002) (Publishers Weekly, vol 249, issue 49, p85)
  • Readers may come away from this hefty series opener, about a seemingly ordinary British lad who is sent to a special boarding school after discovering that he has magical powers, with a distinct sense of dÉjà vu. It seems that England had a magical Red King seven centuries ago, who disappeared after his wife died and five of his ten children went bad. All ten children are still around in various guises, and, along with occasional descendants, can wield parts of the Red King's magic—so once ten-year-old Charlie reveals that he can hear the people in photographs talking, the nasty camp swoops down to bustle him off to Bloor's Academy. Within Bloor's gloomy stone walls he meets friends and enemies, some of whom are also "Endowed," as he struggles to learn the school's routines, helps rescue a kidnapped schoolmate whose mind has been clouded by the baddies, discovers that his father may not be dead as he's been led to believe, and is stalked by a werewolf. The climactic battle, however, occurs offstage, and though several characters turn out not to be who or what they seem, the revelations are thoroughly telegraphed. The author leaves a few threads dangling, but underestimates her audience if she thinks she's left any major surprises for future episodes. Charlie's adventure adds up to a formulaic, thinly disguised placeholder for the next Harry Potter; a far cry from Nimmo's eerie, atmospheric Griffin's Castle (1997). (Fiction. 10-12) (Kirkus Reviews, December 15, 2002)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
103176
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Nimmo, Jenny
Dewey number
[Fic]
Index
no index present
Intended audience
Grades 4-6
Interest level
MG
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 4
  • 6
Reading level
4.8
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True
Series statement
  • Children of the red king
  • Charlie Bone
Series volume
1
Study program name
Accelerated Reader
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Magic
  • Schools
  • England
Target audience
juvenile
Label
Midnight for Charlie Bone, Jenny Nimmo
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Dimensions
22 cm.
Edition
First Scholastic edition.
Extent
ix, 401 pages
Isbn
9780439474290
Lccn
2002030738
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
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  • n
Label
Midnight for Charlie Bone, Jenny Nimmo
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
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  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
22 cm.
Edition
First Scholastic edition.
Extent
ix, 401 pages
Isbn
9780439474290
Lccn
2002030738
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
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