Charlie Bone and the Shadow (Children of the Red King - Book #7)

by Jenny Nimmo

Hardcover, 2008



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Orchard Books (2008), Edition: First Edition, 429 pages. $12.99.


Magically-gifted Charlie Bone, accompanied by his best friend's dog, Runner Bean, comes to the rescue when the enchanter Count Harken takes revenge on the Red King's heirs by kidnapping and imprisoning Charlie's ancestors in the dark, forbidding land of Badlock.


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429 p.; 8.4 inches

User reviews

LibraryThing member tjsjohanna
I had to echo Charlie's sentiments - where is his dad?? That is the one part of this story that I just don't get. I'm hopeful that Ms. Nimmo will be able to tie up all the loose ends in her last installment in a way that makes sense of some of the questions. There's definitely more meat to the
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overarching story, as we finally get a clear picture of "the shadow".
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LibraryThing member missmath144
This time Charlie gets literally sucked into a picture. (In the past his corporal body remained outside.) Runner Bean follows him in and gets trapped there, even after Charlie escapes. Charlie is desperate to get back in to bring Runner Bean out, as well as his giant ancestor who is prisoner there.
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His Grandma and her cohorts are really aiming to get Charlie's friend Billy into the picture. Pretty complex plot, but actually it all flows together well and is not difficult to follow.
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LibraryThing member msampsel
In the sixth book about Charlie, he is drawn into a portrait of Badlock where the mysterious enchanter or the "shadow" lives. Eventually the shadow kidnaps Billy, and Charlie and his friends attempt to rescue him.
LibraryThing member chgrbr14
You feel your body being sucked into a whole new world and your surroundings changes. Charlie Bone has the powers to travel into paintings. In the fantasy book, Charlie Bone and the Shadow by Jenny Nimmo, Charlie gets sucked into a painting where bad things were happening. Charlie was able to
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escape with the help from his ancestor's wand. Charlie's friend and his friend's dog also got sucked into the painting, but because they didn't have the wand they couldn't get back out. Meanwhile, other magical things are happening and creatures are escaping from paintings. Charlie's town is slowly being deserted because people are worried about the magical creatures. Charlie doesn't know whether or not he will be able to stop the magical beings.

I would recommend this book for middle school students who like Harry Potter. This book has the same great plot that Harry Potter does, yet it is totally different. When the author described the setting of the story I felt like I was with Charlie seeing what he was seeing, smelling what he was smelling, and feeling what he was feeling. This series is a great fantasy series.
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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....




½ (147 ratings; 3.9)
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