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.
My son read this book and he truly enjoyed it.
According to my son, it is similar to Harry Potter. It has the right mixture of comedy, action and suspense to keep you on the edge of your seat.
If a person can stop seeing the similarities between these books and Harry Potter, they're not too bad. Although, since the world of Charlie Bone incorporates the "real" world with some magic, I don't know why no one thinks to call the police when children are being abused or crimes are being committed. Little plot-holes like that drive me nuts sometimes as I read this, but since I did want to find out what happen, I kept reading. Overall, not a bad book because you can forgive its discrepancies for an overall creative story.
my kids really liked this one
In this second book of the series, you'll jump right into Charlie's lastest dilemma of keeping a time-lost boy from falling into the hands of the bad guys.