Charlie Bone and the Invisible Boy (Children of the Red King - Book #3)

by Jenny Nimmo

Hardcover, 2004



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Orchard Books (2004), 408 pages. $9.95.


Charlie and his friends unite to rescue Ollie, a boy who was turned invisible and made to live in the attics at Bloor's Academy more than a year ago, but they are hindered by a mysterious new student who lives with Charlie's aunts.


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408 p.; 8.3 inches

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LibraryThing member drebbles
Enjoyable But Light Fantasy, December 28, 2006
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Charlie Bone's friend Benjamin Brown is going to Hong Kong with his parents and wants Charlie to look after his dog Runner Bean. Charlie reluctantly agrees since he knows Grandma Bone won't let the
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dog stay. Charlie has other problems, for one thing his Uncle Paton, the one person to stand up to Grandma Bone, is missing and when he does return he is deathly ill. There's a new student at Bloor's Academy named Belle who is staying with his Yewbeam aunts and Charlie suspects that she's not who she says she is. There's another mystery at Bloor's - Charlie discovers there's an invisible boy, Ollie Sparks, hiding in the attics. Ollie's brother is teaching at Bloor's under the name of Mr. Boldova, in the hope of finding Ollie. Add in a crazed sorcerer who is terrorizing the streets around Bloor's Academy and Charlie has his hands full this semester!

While The Children of the Red King series resembles the Harry Potter books quite a bit (Charlie even has a wand now), they can be enjoyed on their own merit. Unlike the Potter books however, this series is written strictly for the younger set, who will enjoy the books, but adults like myself may find them a bit frustrating. The fantasy elements of the series are quite well done. However, the writing at times seems loose and sloppy. Characters such as Benjamin come and go as if Jenny Nimmo didn't quite know what to do with them. This comes across as poor planning, which is a shame, because as the series moves along it's clear that Nimmo knows what she is doing (at last we know who let Emma out of the locked room in book 1). The viewpoint in "Charlie Bone and the Invisible Boy" shifts from character to character, which can be a bit disconcerting. I realize the books are aimed at children and I'm all for any books that will get children to read, but I wish the writing were a bit tighter.

"Charlie Bone and the Invisible Boy" is a good, if light fantasy.
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LibraryThing member buckeyeaholic
The Charlie Bone series will keep those 'when is the next Potter book coming out' jitters at bay. Sorry Ms Nimmo but they just aren't as good. They seem a little more loosly written, not quite as polished. And I can't believe someone hasn't been sued for plagerism. There is a castle that serves as
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a school, evil teachers/students, nasty aunts, talking pictures, a Pettigrew and many other similarities.
Don't get me wrong, they were entertaining. Just missing something.
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LibraryThing member sara_k
Charlie Bone and the Invisible Boy is the third in the Charlie Bone series.

Charlie is making more friends at school and the "endowed" students are choosing between Good Guy Charlie and the evil Bloors and Yewbeams. A beautiful and strange girl has arrived at Bloor Academy; she has strong ties with
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the Yewbeam sisters. Does that make her evil?

In previous books Billy Raven has been lured into spying for old Mr. Bloor; can Charlie ever trust him?

Charlie is almost totally unsupervised by the adults in his life. The good adults who stay involved are at risk though they do take care of ligistics that children would not be able to handle, like driving someone to a safe place.

Charlie and his friends help to reunite a family but Charlie's family is still separated...and is his mother dating?
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LibraryThing member tjsjohanna
Charlie is beginning to come into his endowment in this book, and we are getting more insight into the myth behind the story. I like the mix of modern day and ancient magical power.
LibraryThing member caro488
Nimmo, Jenny, Charlie Bone and the Invisible Boy, Chldren of the Red King Book 3 Ollie disappeared two years earlier - no, he really disappeared - he's still there. Charlie tries to get him to a safe place, and , by the way, mnake him visible again.
LibraryThing member liga1996
this is a very fun book even for girls. when i was reading this i felt like i was in a mystical world trying to find out the mystery. its kind of like hair potter but i say better and shorter.
LibraryThing member msampsel
In this third book about Charlie and his friend. They discover that someone in Bloor's Academy has been turned invisible by a magical boa. This is the adventure of trying to turn the boy visible and right what has been wronged.
LibraryThing member sami600
great book loved reading about how charlie tries to turn ollie sparks visible for his big brother its nice to know that in a world of evil endowedments there are some used for good.
LibraryThing member AmphipodGirl
At book 3, the series is starting to feel formulaic, a little stale, even though the action is ostensibly heating up.
LibraryThing member Cheryl_in_CC_NV
Is this series going anywhere? My son highly recommends it, but so far it's doing nothing for me....
LibraryThing member Shahnareads
I bought it cause it looked like a Harry Potter knock off.
It's pretty funny.

I liked it. I read it a long time ago, so I don't remember everything.

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