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Midnight for Charlie Bone by Jenny Nimmo

Midnight for Charlie Bone (edition 2007)

by Jenny Nimmo, Simon Russell Beale (Reader)

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Title:Midnight for Charlie Bone
Authors:Jenny Nimmo
Other authors:Simon Russell Beale (Reader)
Info:Listening Library (Audio) (2007), Edition: Unabridged, Audio CD
Collections:Read but unowned
Tags:JFIC, fantasy, audiobook, read march 2007

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Midnight for Charlie Bone by Jenny Nimmo


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Narrated by Simon Russell Beale. From jacket: "Charlie doesn't want to believe it when he discovers that he can hear people in photographs talking. But his horrible aunts are delighted--it means that he is one of the chosen and must attend Bloor's Academy for gifted children. Once there, Charlie realizes that some of his classmates have equally mysterious powers, and soon Charlie is involved in uncovering the mysterious past of one of them." Charlie learns that Amelia may be the baby he heard crying in a picture he got by mistake from the photo developers. His reclusive Uncle Peyton, also endowed with a special power of making light bulbs explode as he walks by, comes out of his shell to be Charlie's ally against Grandma Bone and the aunts. Harry Pottteresque story, right down to the Academy and magical powers, but stands alone as a series in its own right and not just a pretender.
  Salsabrarian | Feb 2, 2016 |
Is this series going anywhere? My son highly recommends it, but so far it's doing nothing for me.... ( )
  Cheryl_in_CC_NV | Apr 14, 2015 |
It's not harry Potter, really it's not! The young boy with the mean relatives only lost ONE of his parents in a mysterious car accident, and he's not a wizard, he's endowed, and the kids at the mysterious bording school get to go home for weekends... ok, it is kind of Harry Potter, or riding that bandwagon, anyway, but it's different, too. It's got a bit more of a mythic feel. Anyway, it was interesting enough that I'll be reading volume #2. ( )
  AmphipodGirl | Oct 14, 2014 |
Oh, if you liked Harry Potter you will like Charlie Bone! That's what people told me. Actually, the opposite is true. I love Harry Potter, so I can tell how derivative Charlie Bone is. It was published 5 years after Harry Potter, so you cant claim that Nimmo did not know Rowling's work. There is not that much suspense and little surprise in the book. One of the characters might be a werewolf -- oh, guess what, he is! And Nimmo is not half as good a writer as Rowling, so this book really has little to recommend it, and I'm just sorry I read the whole thing when I could have moved on to something more interesting. ( )
  Inky_Fingers | Jul 10, 2014 |
This novel is undeniably Harry Potter lite. Although aimed at a younger audience (and therefore a lot lighter and simpler in tone), it contains many aspects that have been clearly inspired by Rowling's series. The main character is verbally abused by cruel relatives, he attends a boarding school for gifted youngsters, werewolves, abnormally intelligent cats, talking pictures and a climax reminiscent of the Triwizard Tournament. Because of this, it suffers from the fact that I found myself endlessly comparing it to Harry Potter and finding that it was just a pale imitation.

Yet this did not prevent Charlie Bone from being an enjoyable novel in its own right. The pacing was excellent and it concluded satisfactory manner while still leaving enough open to make me curious as to where it will go next. It also presented a good mixture of magical and non-powered characters while succeeding in making the normal children still seem on equal footing to the more extraordinary.

While not all members of the cast are well fleshed out in this novel, I get the impression that they will be developed further in future volumes. I'm especially looking for this with regards to the villains, who seemed to have little motivation in this novel. I'm curious to discover what their motivations actually are.

All in all, it was a pretty sound children's book and would be a nice read for a child who loves fantasy but is maybe a little too young for Harry Potter. ( )
  ArkhamReviews | Jul 8, 2014 |
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A magical fantasy that is fast-paced and easy-to-read. Charlie Bone has a special gift- he can hear people in photographs talking.

The fabulous powers of the Red King were passed down through his descendants, after turning up quite unexpectedly, in someone who had no idea where they came from. This is what happened to Charlie Bone, and to some of the children he met behind the grim, gray walls of Bloor's Academy.

Charlie Bone has discovered an unusual gift-he can hear people in photographs talking! His scheming aunts decide to send him to Bloor Academy, a school for genius's where he uses his gifts to discover the truth despite all the dangers that lie ahead.

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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.

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