The magical children of Bland Academy set off on another uninspired adventure that take them to a mirrored castle that really doesn't do anything, and they defeat some bad guys and I don't really get the point of anything.
My favorite thing about the book by far is the kid, at least as drawn on the cover, looks kind of like Art Stukas.
Clearly a ripoff of Harry Potter, and clearly written for a lower grade level, and clearly written by somebody who has observed people but doesn't get them. So activities and appearances and magical quirks substitute for real character. I imagine the author has a bunch of note cards tacked to the board behind her monitor-
- funny hair
- impetouimpechuou control issues
- white hair
- talks to animals (remember - animals talk like Elmo!)
- light bulbs break wherever he goes
- likes Julia
It leads to excellent writing such as these passages demonstrate:
Charlie got a brief glimpse of Lysander's house as they passed a pair of tall wrought-iron gates. Lysander's father was the famous Judge Sage and the house reflected his important position.
If Albert was shocked, he didn't show it. Maybe some of his memories were coming back to him. Memories that were so bad, nothing would ever surprise him again.
She threw Charlie a quick, furtive glance and then disappeared. Curious about her strange behavior, Charlie ran across the road.
See? There's nothing terrible in there, but nothing interesting either. Even the magic is dull and pointless. It reads like an outline fleshed out by Jack Webb. I'm beginning to understand that what J.K. Rowling accomplished is really pretty special.
The Charlie Bones series has been part of our families summer reading this year. A must for the whole family to enjoy together. A vague touch of Harry Potter lingers through the book, but without the dark nightmare quality that the Potter series lent. A light adventure about a boy, attending a secretive school of magic. With mystic powers of his own Charlie seeks the truth about his past, and makes discoveries about both himself, his family, his friends, and life in general. This series is written so that the 7 year old can understand it and the rest of the family will still enjoy it without feeling like they are lost in the juvenile. If you like magic and family adventure, you will enjoy this series.
This book is quite the adventure. Jenny Nimmo has once again made a book packed with tip of your seat amazement.
I love this series. I orignaly bought these for my son but I was just curious so I looked at it read the first chapter an I was hooked. I hadn't ever read a tween book but I am hooked on this one lol.