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

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The third book in the Children of the Red King series, CHARLIE BONE AND THE INVISIBLE BOY offers more magical fantasy that is fast paced and easy to read.

This semester at Bloor's Academy brings a few changes. There is a new art teacher, Mr. Boldova, and a new student named Belle, who lives with the Yewbeam aunts and seems to have strange power over them. Emma and Charlie soon discover Mr. Boldova's secret identity: He is the older brother of Ollie Sparks, the boy who lives in ...

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Overview

The third book in the Children of the Red King series, CHARLIE BONE AND THE INVISIBLE BOY offers more magical fantasy that is fast paced and easy to read.

This semester at Bloor's Academy brings a few changes. There is a new art teacher, Mr. Boldova, and a new student named Belle, who lives with the Yewbeam aunts and seems to have strange power over them. Emma and Charlie soon discover Mr. Boldova's secret identity: He is the older brother of Ollie Sparks, the boy who lives in the attic of Bloor's Academy. Ollie had always been prying into matters that didn't concern him, so Ezekiel Bloor had made him invisible. When Charlie and his friends find him, Ollie is alone and hungry, so they promise to help him become visible again.

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Jenny Nimmo's spellbinding series continues with Charlie Bone setting out to help an invisible boy as the ominous presence of a new girl at Bloor's threatens to stop him. In Nimmo's third installment, Charlie's nasty aunts bring home a mysterious girl named Belle, whose eyes constantly change color and who has a knack for calling the shots. Charlie is wary of her, but when he learns that Ollie, an invisible boy, needs help regaining his shape, the adventurous descendant of the Red King decides to put his fears aside to help. Through a series of surprising plot twists, Charlie realizes that the new girl is more powerful (and older!) than he ever imagined, while Ollie's invisible plight has been caused by a magical snake. It's up to Charlie -- with the help of Skarpo, Uncle Paton, and his school chums -- to put things right, and readers are sure to have a blast until the last page. Nimmo keeps the suspense high and the action coming throughout the book, developing the story line by introducing striking new characters and delivering juicy plot morsels to keep audiences on the edge of their seats. For a great episode and more insight into the Children's history, don't pass this one up. Matt Warner
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Readers return to Bloor's Academy in the paper-over-board Charlie Bone and the Invisible Boy by Jenny Nimmo. This third installment in the series finds Charlie and friends helping a boy who was turned invisible by a magic snake, as punishment for snooping. An ancient, hypnotic shape-shifter arrives and attempts to thwart their efforts, a formidable foe for the magically endowed students. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Although Harry Potteresque in everything from the cover to the characters (the names are fabulous; Skarpo, Mr. Ominous, Dr. Bloor, Zelda Dobinski, Tancred, Julia Ingledew, and Lucretia Yewbeam, just to name a few) to the setting, this book was definitely not penned by J. K. Rowling. It (and one would assume the two previous books in the series) is a gentler fantasy series. Charlie Bone is one of the endowed, descendants of the ten children of the Red King (who was a magician and left Africa with three leopards in the 1300's). He also took a rare boa that was his guardian, which, through the unfortunate actions of his eldest son, turned the boa into an evil creature with a hug that could kill. The king's daughter cast a spell that reduced the boa's deathly squeeze to a curse of invisibility. Now the boa lives in the attic of Bloor's Academy, awaiting his vindication. Join Charlie and his friends as they delve into what is really happening in the attic! The author lives in Wales in a very old converted watermill, and in addition to writing, has acted in repertory theatre, taught English and worked for the BBC in various and sundry capacities. This is third in the series of the "Children of the Red King" books. Recommended. 2004, Orchard Books/Scholastic Inc, Ages 9 to 12.
—Cindy L. Carolan
School Library Journal
Gr 4-7-The third title (Orchard, 2004) in Jenny Nimmo's The Children of the Red King series finds Charlie Bone entering boarding school. Charlie and Emma find an invisible boy named Ollie Sparks at the school, and the story mainly involves their efforts to make Ollie visible again. Charlie's great aunts, reminiscent of Macbeth's three witches, work with a mysterious and frightening girl named Belle to counter any of the children's attempts toward defeating evil. Belle's eyes disconcertingly change color with her moods and she is sweetly threatening to the other children. The comparisons with the Harry Potter series are inevitable, with a great many similarities. Listeners who have not read the first two titles in the quartet may be confused by all of the references to events in the previous books; little history is given to help those new to the series. For example, why do Charlie and his sweet mother live with these obviously wicked aunts? Apparently wicked magician Ezekiel Bloor and his family are the nemeses of good forces. Charlie's inadvertent releasing of Skarpo the Sorcerer from his portrait presumably will be the focus of the last book in the series. Simon Russell Beale infuses his well-paced reading with a sense of conviction, allowing newcomers to the series to relate better to the unfamiliar characters.-B. Allison Gray, John Jermain Memorial Library, Sag Harbor, NY Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780439545266
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 6/12/2004
  • Series: Children of the Red King Series , #3
  • Pages: 432
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.76 (w) x 8.52 (h) x 1.33 (d)

Meet the Author

Jenny Nimmo is the author of the NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY bestselling Children of the Red King series as well as GRIFFIN'S CASTLE, THE DRAGON'S CHILD, and the award-winning Magician Trilogy, all published by Orchard Books. Several of her books have been awarded and shortlisted for the Smarties Prize, the Carnegie Medal, the Whitbread Award, and the WH Smith Mind-Boggling Books Award. She lives with her husband in an old mill in Wales.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 1, 2014

    Greaaaat,

    Goood book. Not as good as others though.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 18, 2014

    Awesome

    Jenny nimmo strikes again!!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 4, 2014

    The Best!

    Such a wonderful series! Must read!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 18, 2014

    Scariest and most amazing book ever

    It was scary and aswome

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 8, 2010

    Prodigious reading!

    I was very excited to read this book. I love the first two books. It was an exciting read.

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  • Posted December 4, 2009

    more from this reviewer

    awsome

    I feel like Jenny Nimmo is the best author in the world. Jenny Nimmo writes the best books ever.she should keep writing i am almost done with the 6th one.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 30, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

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

    This is a book about a boy who is invisible made visible. It took me 2 days to read it because I couldn't put it down.

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  • Posted October 19, 2008

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    REALLY good!

    REALLY good book, magnificent! SUPER, SUPER, SUPER book!!!! You should read the whole series!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 23, 2008

    Absolutely OUTSTANDING!!!

    This book is absolutely OUTSTANDING!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 24, 2008

    Charlie Bone In Trouble Again

    Starting a new semester at Bloors Academy, Charlie Bone finds himself in trouble again. All of this instigates when Belle, a new girl, moves in with Charles Aunts. Charlie finds exotic things about Belle like her changing eyes. Charlie and his friends also find a boy by the name of Ollie Sparks in the attic at Bloors. Ollie Sparks, however, is invisible except for his only big toe. There seems to be a snake that is lurking around in the attic that might have made Ollie invisible. Charlie is trying to save Ollie, but needs to keep an eye on mysterious Belle who seems to keep on doing outlandish things. Charlie is thinking that Belle is the one behind the disappearance of Mr. Bovalna, the art teacher. Another weird thing that has happened is how Charlie¿s uncle has lost his powers after visiting the Yewbean castle. You need to read the book in order to find out what happens to Belle, Ollie Sparks, Mr. Bovalna, and Charlie¿s uncle. This book was amazing and there were a ton of things that I loved about this book. One thing I liked was how the book kept my attention the whole time and I could just not put the book down. There was a lot of stuff I can really relate to also. The one thing that I did not like about the book was the action does not really start until at least chapter two. After those two chapters Charlie starts to get into some mysterious stuff a Bloors Academy. Charlie Bone and the Invisible Boy is the third book of the series. This book will not make much sense unless you read the first two. I really enjoyed this book and there is a lot of action and adventure in the book. If you are the adventure and action kind of person then this book is for you, and the whole series so far has action and adventure. I put this book as five stars because I could not put the book down and it kept my attention the whole time. I think that just about everyone can enjoy this book by Jenny Nimmo. I can¿t hardly wait until I read the next book in the series which is Charlie Bone and the Castle of Mirrors.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 26, 2008

    Charlie Bone Rocks!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I love this book.I can read it over and over again without ever getting bored.After reading the first few chapters I couldn`t even put it down!I highly reccomend it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 3, 2008

    terrific

    It is full of unexpected problems that pop up throughout the story. Great plot. Loved it!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 30, 2007

    Awesome!!!!!!

    This book was an amazing experience. I don't really like reading books, but in this case I rather enjoyed it a whole lot. The whole Charlie Bone Series was amazing to read. I enjoyed all the books. I was able to imagin everything in this book, it was so realistic to me. I believe that this book is so great that they should actually make it into a movie. It was almost as GREAT as Harry Potter. So if you get a chance you should read this book series in your spare time.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 26, 2007

    Charlie is awesome!

    i read charlie bone all the time and i never get tired of it!!! i love charlie bone!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 3, 2006

    Pleasantly Surprised

    I'm not a fantasy reader but I came across this title preparing for Young Reader Choice Awards 2006. I was reluctant to read it but after a chapter or two, I was hooked! I cannot put this book down, each chapter leaves you wanting more!! Very exciting!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 30, 2006

    charlie bone is AWESOMe

    i think this book is awesome to read. i was hesitant to read at first, thinking the story is sort of a harry potter book and its not. now i can't put the book down and already reading the 4th book. i'm eagerly anticipating the 5th book to come out.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 14, 2006

    I love Charlie!

    I love this author and have to pick up the rest in the series to catch up. I have read this book and the last one and she is amazing. Fast paced, fun, exciting -- my son and I love her!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 9, 2006

    This book is really cool. From Brandon Hayward, St.Joe,MO

    I liked this book but then again I like all the authors books.They sould make all the books into movies,and not just in one movie but each one seperate,and of course with a good old happy ending.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 16, 2006

    Charlie Bone and the Invisible Boy

    Charlie Bone and the Invisible Boy written by Jenny Nimmo is a great book. It is a really cool fantasy book.It is my favorite book. It is for both children and adults.It never gets boring.The story is about a boy named Charlie Bone who has a magical gift. He can hear people talk in photos. He goes to a school called Bloors Academy. Charlie tries to find an invisible boy, but his evil great aunts and his grandmother try to stop him.I would recommend this book to anyone.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 13, 2005

    A Truly Pleasing Novel

    The third installment in the Children of the Red King series was quite an obsorbing adventure. Though these stories are very similar to Harry Potter books, I'd have to say that the small plot differences made this tale highly facinating.

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