In January 1916 Henry Yewbeam and his younger brother, James, have been sent to stay with their cousins at the Bloor's Academy. It is one of the coldest days of the year, and all Henry wants to do is hide from his mean cousins and play marbles. He finds a nice, long hall and begins to roll his marbles. Then he discovers a marble that doesn't look familiar to him. Suddenly a series of strange events takes place. Henry begins to disappear. He quickly scribbles on the floor Give The Marble To James, and then he vanishes from the year 1916.
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The books are aimed at younger readers than Harry Potter, so comparisons are unfair. For their target audeince, these will be enjoyable books with a good adventure, and one that can be enjoyed by older readers too.
Not my favourite of Jenny Nimmo's work, but a good read all the same.
Don't get me wrong, they were entertaining. Just missing something.
Charlie Bone is still at Bloor's Academy. In this book we learn more about his fellow endowed students and some of the faculty and staff at Bloor's. While Charlie's circle of friends and supporters is widening, the next mystery is very close to him. The Time Twister has brought a boy out of the past into Charlie's time; this isn't just any boy, this is Charlie's Great-Great-Uncle Henry who is only a boy of 11.
The Bloor's and Charlie's weird and mean Grandmother and Aunts want to catch Henry and their plans are not friendly. Charlie must figure out how to save Henry while strengthening the community of good and helpful endowed students. Not all the endowed students are on the side of good, some of them are openly following the evil Bloor patriarch. Can Charlie and his friends band together in order to do good? Can they send Henry back to his own time? Will Charlie figure out what happened to his father?
These books were a big hit with the 3-7th grade children who recommended them to me.
Nimmo's writing allows the reader to travel along and experience all the things Charlie does. Great, fun, entertaining!
The story begins with a discription of The Red King, a magical king that ruled the continent of Africa. He had left Africa with three leopards for a long trip, but never came back. He had seven decendants, known as "The Endowed". Our protagonist, Charlie Bone, is one of the Endowed.He goes to Bloor's Academy, a school that knows of the Endowed. He has the power to hear and talk to paintings and other art. When his great great granduncle, Henry, comes from the year 1913 and lost from home, Charlie, with the time twister, a small marble-like artifact that can travel through time, must help Henry return to his time and home.
Review by: Dan
Ok, I like to snark on these books, but I'm enjoying them enough that I got the next 3 volumes from the library yesterday.
It's pretty funny.
I liked it. I read it a long time ago, so I don't remember everything.
"Charlie Bone and the Time Twister", the second book in Jenny Nimmo's the Children of the Red King series, is a charming if somewhat derivative book. In the front of book, there is a list of the endowed children at Bloor's Academy and their special powers, which is a useful reference. However, Nimmo can be a bit inconsistent with the powers. For example, Gabriel Silk can feel other people's emotions by touching their clothes, which literally causes him pain at times, yet at other times he casually handles people's clothes with no problem at all. Otherwise, the supernatural elements are nicely done; I especially love the "flames", three seemingly ageless cats, who have a knack of being there when needed. While Nimmo has a good story going on in this series, her writing could be tightened up as she spends too much time telling her readers what is going on instead of letting the action show them. Also, too many times she uses the word famous needlessly, why exactly would gerbils be famous? Henry disappears from the book for long stretches of time; it would have been nice to see more of his side of things. Nimmo does have a nice sense of humor in the book and I loved the word play: Tancred Torsson, who has the ability to create storms, lives in Thunder House on Hail Road.
"Charlie Bone and the Time Twister" is good fun for young and old alike, but children may enjoy it more as adults might like a deeper read.