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Charlie Bone and the Time Twister (Children of the Red King Series #2)
     

Charlie Bone and the Time Twister (Children of the Red King Series #2)

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by Jenny Nimmo
 

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The second book in the stunning repackage of the NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY bestselling Children of the Red King series!

Time travel, a mystery from the past, and danger around every corner . . .
Charlie Bone hopes that the new term at Bloor's Academy will hold no unwelcome surprises. But then his distant relative Henry Yewbeam appears out of thin air,

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The second book in the stunning repackage of the NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY bestselling Children of the Red King series!

Time travel, a mystery from the past, and danger around every corner . . .
Charlie Bone hopes that the new term at Bloor's Academy will hold no unwelcome surprises. But then his distant relative Henry Yewbeam appears out of thin air, twisted through time from 1916 by Henry's wicked cousin, Ezekiel Bloor. Ezekiel, who is still alive, still nasty, and now ancient, vows to track Henry down and get rid of him once and for all. And with Charlie's scheming Yewbeam aunts also on the prowl, Henry desperately needs Charlie's help just to stay alive. Can Charlie and his friends send Henry back in time before it's too late?

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bn.com
Fans of Harry Potter found another magical hero in Jenny Nimmo's first installment of her Children of the Red King series, and now, Charlie Bone makes his second appearance in this exciting, time-traveling follow-up. As mysterious and twisty as Midnight for Charlie Bone, this episode finds Charlie involved with young Henry Yewbeam, an ancestor of his who suddenly appears at Bloor's Academy via the Time Twister, a marble that can transport people to different times and places if they look into it. Out to hide Henry from his nasty cousin (now an aged headmaster at the school), Ezekiel Bloor, Charlie keeps busy escaping the watchful eyes of the dark Endowed children and his crony aunties as he tries to figure out if Henry can get back to 1916. Unfortunately, it doesn't look like there's much hope for Charlie and Henry, but a few surprises from Charlie's friends and a Welsh dictionary from Uncle Paton are their saving grace, and Henry lands in the company of his long-lost brother, James. A fast-paced read that will keep Charlie Bone followers bracing for what's to come in each chapter -- and wondering whether Charlie will ever find his father -- Nimmo's second spellbinding Red King adventure will keep you hooked.
Publishers Weekly
Charlie Bone heads back to Bloor's Academy for another term filled with mystery, magic and fantastic adventure in Charlie Bone and the Time Twister by Jenny Nimmo, read by Simon Russell Beale. This time around, Charlie finds himself face-to-face with a student who attended the school in 1916. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
The Yewbeams send their sons, Henry and James, to live with their uncle Gideon, the headmaster of Bloor's Academy. None of the Bloors really like either of the Yewbeam brothers. Then, all of a sudden, "The Time Twister," a marble-like ball with the power to transport a person through time, brings Henry from his 1916 home to present-day Bloor's. His cousin Ezekiel, who precipitated the time travel, is still alive, and it is up to Charlie Bone to protect Henry and find a way to send him back to the right time. Each child in the story possesses an individual power, such as the ability to create storms or to transform into a bird. Charlie can hear voices in pictures, and he discovers that he can enter them as well. While all of this is happening, Henry seems unaffected by his trip through time and by the modern world. While this book from the "Children of the Red King" series is good overall, the story contains some events that seem to just happen out of nowhere, causing readers a bit of confusion. 2003, Orchard Books/Scholastic, Ages 9 to 12.
—Joy A. Girgis
VOYA
In the second book of this entrancing series after Midnight for Charlie Bone (Orchard, 2003/VOYA August 2003), Charlie meets his great uncle Henry Yewbeam. When they were young boys, Ezekiel Bloor's hatred for the Yewbeam family led to calamity. Without warning, Henry found himself twisting through time and space to the present on the day that Ezekiel rolled a strikingly unusual marble into the ring and Henry was unable to take his eyes off the swirling colors. Ezekiel, now an old, sick man, is still determined to get rid of "young" Henry once and for all. That plot is spoiled when the marble rolls into the hands of Mrs. Bloor. A gifted violinist, she has lived in pain and isolation ever since son Manfred smashed her fingers by slamming a door on her hand. She joyfully uses the time twister to return to a time before the assault and a new life in Paris far away from her dreadful family. Meanwhile, Henry has been imprisoned by the Bloors. Charlie and his endowed friends come to their rescue. Their abilities to create storms, fly, and even converse with people in portraits result in a successful deliverance. The schemes of the Bloors and Charlie's detestable aunts are thwarted again as Henry is reunited with his younger brother, James. Through unique characters who stand apart from inimitable comparisons to counterparts in Harry Potter books, Nimmo skillfully creates an exemplary series that stands on its own. Anticipation for readers is building as Charlie moves closer to discovering his "missing-in-plain-sight-although-no-one-realizes-it" father. VOYA CODES: 5Q 5P M J S (Hard to imagine it being any better written; Every YA (who reads) was dying to read it yesterday; Middle School,defined as grades 6 to 8; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9; Senior High, defined as grades 10 to 12). 2003, Orchard, 416p., Trade pb. Ages 11 to 18.
—Pam Carlson
School Library Journal
Gr 4-7-In this sequel to Midnight for Charlie Bone (Scholastic, 2003), Nimmo continues the saga of the endowed descendants of the Red King, who attend a very Hogwarts-like boarding school called Bloor's Academy. "The Time Twister," a marblelike ball with the power to transport people through time, brings Henry Yewbeam from 1916 to present day Bloor's. His evil, scheming cousin Ezekiel, who was responsible for sending him to the future, is still alive, and Charlie Bone must protect Henry and find a way to send him back into the past. This is a breezy read, even at its 400-page length. Sadly, there are plot elements that seem to come totally out of the blue or that just don't make sense. The power with which each individual child is endowed, such as the ability to create storms or to transform into a bird, seems arbitrarily created to provide dramatic rescues. A painting of a wizard named Skarpo is left for Charlie by one of his aunts. As readers of the first book know, Charlie can hear voices in pictures, and they now discover that he can actually enter them as well. Oddly, Henry seems unfazed by his trip through time and by the modern world. The unexpected plot twist at the end is strangely unclimactic, and seems to pass by so quickly that any sense of triumph at the outcome is lost. Charlie Bone is a likable character to whom kids will turn to for a fix after they've finished the latest Harry Potter for the fifth time. For libraries where fantasy is popular.-Tim Wadham, Maricopa County Library District, Phoenix, AZ Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
From the Publisher

Praise for the Children of the Red King series

"Vivid characters and stories that hang together well." --THE WASHINGTON POST

"Nimmo's characterizations . . . have a high comfort level, and her major players are well-defined and sympathetic. . . . an absorbing, well-wrought read." --BULLETIN OF THE CENTER FOR CHILDREN'S BOOKS

"A . . . worthwhile offering for avid fantasy fans." --SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL

"[An] exciting, fast-paced adventure tale." --BOOKLIST

"In ten-year-old Charlie Bone, Nimmo gives readers a character every bit as likeable and ingenious as Harry Potter. . . . [a] marvelous fantasy." --VOICE OF YOUTH ADVOCATES

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780807218990
Publisher:
Penguin Random House Audio Publishing Group
Publication date:
06/01/2004
Series:
Children of the Red King Series , #2
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

Meet the Author


Jenny Nimmo is the author of the NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY bestselling Charlie Bone 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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Charlie Bone and the Time Twister (Children of the Red King Series #2) 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 97 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this one and the first one in not even 2 days. It was so interesting and kept me reading all day long. It was a fairly easy read because of the spaces between the lines of the words, but thats ok, i loved this book and cant wait to get the 3rd book!
thedooter More than 1 year ago
This book was just so absorbing! Something about it made me just not want to put it down and just the other night, before I knew it, it was 12:30! The Time Twister has all the elements a good book should have, a climax, good dialoge, a concluding ending, and that little sigature unique touch of the author. Even though this is all so true, this isn't Jenny Nimo's best work, so if you read this and like it , make sure to read the rest of the series and some of Nimo's other works!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Summary: Charlie Bone is at Bloor¿s Academy, when he finds out that his cousin, Henry Yewbeam was sent twisting through time to the present year from 1916. His evil cousin, Ezekiel, sent him twisting through time. A magic marble has the power to send anything and anyone back or forward in time. All you have to do is look at it, and that is how poor Henry became stuck in the wrong year. He suddenly appears in Bloor¿s Academy in one of the creepy hallways. When Ezekiel finds out that Henry isn¿t gone forever, he is furious, and wants to get rid of him for good. The Yewbeam aunts are pressuring Charlie to tell them where Henry has been hiding, but Charlie refuses to tell. Henry isn¿t safe at Bloor¿s Academy, because there is danger lurking around every corner. Henry finds a for sure safe place to hide, but he blows it when he ventures off, and is caught. He is brought to Ezekiel Bloor, where he is then sent off to die in a pit outside in the ruins. When Henry is thrown down in the pits, a huge rock is placed on top of the hole, leaving only a little crack for air, and a little bit or bread to eat. Will Henry ever get out of the hole before Ezekiel decides to make him truly be gone for good? I really liked how the book picked up pace right away. Jenny Nimmo did a great job at keeping the readers interested at all points. She really has done a fine job at not beating around the bush, and getting to the point, but she also did describe everything really well, so that you could picture it in your head, without over exaggerating. This book is the second book in a series of five, and you can¿t read them out of order. This book would fit both boys and girls, and the series is sort of similar to the Harry Potter series because of the magical powers, the endowed, and the special school.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book rocks, I love fantasies but this one ROCKS!!!!!!! I read this book in one day suggested it to a friend and almost my whole class was reading it or wanted to. READ THIS!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The first book was great. Midnight is a very enjoyable read and it kept me busy while waiting for Order of the Poenix to be released. The plot is good and the characters are interesting. And even though it was a great book and I can't wait for the sequel, everyone knows that Harry Potter has no competition here!
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I like reading these books so much
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I read the first and it was amazing. Cant wait to read this.
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Midnight for charlie bone is the best
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JTS7 More than 1 year ago
Charlie Bone and the Time Twister is a thrilling sequel to Jenny Nimmo's roaring success in Midnight for Charlie Bone. In this book Charlie meets one of his ancestors, named Henry, who has been whisked to the future by his evil cousin. When he arrives in the present Henry meets Charlie, and together they try to find a way to bring Henry back to the past. But they are up against Henry's evil cousin, who has grown to an evil old man by the time Henry is in the future. Charlie finally manages a way to get Henry back almost far enough. Yet since Henry couldn't return to precisely his own time, he goes on to be raised by his younger brother. This makes an exciting book with constant twists and turns in the second novel in the Children of The Red King series.
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