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Midnight for Charlie Bone

Midnight for Charlie Bone

Book - 2002
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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.
Publisher: London : Egmont Books, c2002.
ISBN: 9780439474290
9780749748883
0749748885
0439474299
Branch Call Number: NIMMO
Characteristics: 345 p.

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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.

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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ShravanP
Aug 13, 2020

Midnight for Charlie Bone follows our protagonist, Charlie Bone, as he discovers he has supernatural powers and is sent to a school for people with supernatural powers, and spends the book trying to free one of his classmates from a curse. The setting may seem akin to another best selling magical series about wizards, but overall I feel the series have rather different tones. Midnight for Charlie Bone is very fast paced, and creates the conflict in the book compared to Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. However, I feel this book also dedicates a lot of time to just building the world, leading to certain ways that resolve problems to be more akin to deus ex machina more than anything, although the world building can also be very engaging and draw the reader into the world. The characters are all engaging (those that are fleshed out), but the sheer number of interesting personalities int he story is another major draw. Overall, I would give this 3 stars, and would definitely recommend it to someone who likes fantasy stories. I feel the characters will be fleshed out later on and the world will continue to become more fleshed out, so I plan to continue on this series.

DBRL_KrisA Jan 31, 2018

A boy discovers, on his birthday, that he has special abilities, and is sent to a special school. His best friends at this school are a girl, and a boy with red hair from a large family. Sound like anyone you know? A young wizard, perhaps?

While it's easy to point out the similarities to Harry Potter, Charlie Bone (both the boy and the book) are nowhere near as good. Most of the heroic acts in the book are done by others, and Charlie himself is saved by the three older boys in the "climactic" scene (which the author seemed to rush through).

Nimmo's writing is nowhere near as good as Rowling's. It's much more simplistic, and it doesn't feel as smooth as Rowling's. The action is confusing in places, and the characters don't feel as real, emotionally.

I'll continue to read the next couple books, in hopes that the writing improves.

hrhkatharine Jul 25, 2017

This is a great series for fans of Harry Potter!

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7vic
Mar 20, 2014

one of my favourite books ever
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Legomyeggo33
Jun 08, 2012

I love this book. The characters and the plot are fantastic. I would definitely recommend for readers to be patient if they got bored with this book since it gets more interesting as the series goes along (more characters to meet and more problems). Great read!

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Engelmacher
Jan 05, 2012

The writing style is stilted and awkward sometimes, but the concept and characters are FANTASTIC. Recommended!

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jlaha
Jan 05, 2012

My nine year old son really loves this series. After reading the Harry Potter and Percy Jackson series, he dove right into Jenny Nimmo's fantastic Charlie Bone series. He will be onto number 8 very soon. He also enjoys me reading it aloud, as well as reading it independently.

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fumiaxana1998
Jun 25, 2011

Pretty good read as far as I am concerned but it can get a little cliche after a while. Overall ot is a very good book.

unreg_73315112 Sep 03, 2010

Great start to a fun series. Charlie Bone is an Endowed child with a very different power. He also has an interesting, and often dangerous, group of relatives.

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jarninfang
Jan 18, 2010

A short, but interesting book that I finished too quickly for my liking. I just couldn't put the book down.

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fumiaxana1998
Jun 26, 2011

This is the first book in the Charlie Bone series. Charllie Bone is a ten year old boy who lives with his mother. His father has dissapeared under mysterious circumstances. The book is about Charlie getting magical powers and him going to an academy for special children. In Bloor's Academy, Chalie meets some strange people who also have powers like him. This book has twists and turns you don't expect. It was a wonderful read.

KidsLit Dec 14, 2009

Ten yr old Charlie Bone doesn’t realize he’s inherited his family’s magical powers until one day he hears the conversation of people in a photograph. When his nasty Grandma Bone and evil aunts discover his gift they immediately enrole him in Bloor’s Academy-a school for gifted and magical students.
Charlie is soon embroiled in a magical adventure that will hopefully take him one step closer to finding out what happened to his dad.
This series features a cast of wonderful characters.
Manfred Bloor-nasty head-boy who can hypnotize anyone foolish enough to look him in the eye
Gabriel Silk-a friend of Charlie’s who can ‘hear’ what clothes have to say (like the time Charlie’s missing dad’s tie told him he wasn’t dead-just ‘lost’)
Billy Raven-An orphaned boy, neither nor evil, who can speak with animals

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