Charlie Bone and the Red Knight Paperback – Aug 31 2009
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"'Charlie Bone is dark, funny, crackling with magic. It's a long time since I've been so absorbed in a story' Artemis Cooper; 'A fast-moving, dialogue-driven romp with plenty of cliff-hangers' Bookseller 'The story is lively, accomplished and dramatic and the writing has an engaging directness and warmth' Helen Dunmore, Daily Telegraph; 'Addicts of Jenny Nimmo, of whom I'm proud to be numbered, will rush to buy The Time Twister... Classic Nimmo territory' Independent 'There's an excitement and originality about her writing in both the words she uses and the stories she tells that make her books a constant delight' Julia Eccleshare, Books for Keeps; 'Another irresistible volume of Jenny Nimmo's excellent and highly acclaimed series' Waterstones Quarterly "This book has been far the best I have read all year! The imaginary plot was full of adrenalin and excitement. All five books have been fantastic! You must read it!!!!!!!!!!" Melika, 11" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
Jenny Nimmo lives in a converted watermill in Wales. Her husband, David, is a painter and print-maker, and all three of her children speak Welsh fluently. She finds Wales, a land of legends, a very inspiring place to live. For as long as she can remember, Jenny has loved books. She feels passionately that every child should have access to as many books as they want. Jenny enjoys writing about magic because it is inexplicable and unpredictable, and anything can happen. In 1986 her book, The Snow Spider, won the Smarties Grand Prix, and in 1987 it was awarded the Tirnan-Og by the Welsh Arts Council. The Rinaldi Ring was chosen as Guardian Book of the Week and was shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal and received a commendation.
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I would recommend this book for everyone .... boys and girls children to adults. (easy reading)
This seems to be the last in the Charlie Bone "Children of the Red King" young adult fantasy series, and it was definitely a winner with all of the loose ends tied up nicely. Charlie's parents are still off on their second honeymoon, his friend Billy Raven has been captured by the evil enchanter Harken and trapped in Badlock, and Charlie must find a way to rescue him--and then discovers that his parents may be in danger as "Dagbert the Drowner's" father is in town, probably to do harm to the Bones by causing a disturbance in the sea.
Charlie and his friends are also looking for a box that holds the Red King's true will, which leaves his true heir (believed to be Billy Raven, NOT Ezekiel Bloor!) as the owner of Bloor's Academy as well as much other property and wealth. Charlie and his friends are fighting the evil heirs of the Red King with all their magic and might on several fronts, and are helped in the background by the Red Knight--a mysteries figure that no one knows the identity of. As all the different threads begin coming together towards an exciting conclusion, Charlie and his friends' lives are hanging in the balance.
Very well done, enjoyable end to this series, although the actual end itself was perhaps a bit rushed. I'm now going to have to seek out more books by this author, as she's got a couple of other series that were written before this one. Highly recommended, but do read these in order, or they won't make much sense.
This is a good series for kids that might not be ready for the deadly endings of Harry Potter. Characters were fun and had more interesting "endowments" than simply being wizards or wiches. I enjoyed Harry Potter and don't agree with complaints about this being a bad imitation. About the only thing they share is the good vs. bad theme. Note - they should be read in order.