Charlie Bone and the Time Twister (Children of the Red King, Bk 2)
Charlie Bone and the Time Twister - Children of the Red King, Bk 2 Author:Jenny Nimmo January 1916. On the coldest night in memory, Henry Yewbeam's cousin Zeke tricks him into using the Time Twister, a beautiful marble full of shining colours that draws him into the future. And so the adventures begin... — January 2002. A month after the excitement of Christmas, on another cold night, Charlie meets Henry reappearing at Bloor... more »39;s in the twenty-first century, and realises Henry's cousin is none other than old Ezekiel Bloor. He hides Henry from Ezekiel's spies, Billy Raven and Blessed the dog, while he and Fidelio work out how they can help Henry. Using the freezer to create the right temperature doesn't work, but it does bring Cook and the Flames into the secret. Of the other endowed children, Emma is distant, Lysander and Tancred have fallen out, and then Gabriel tries on a mysterious black glove. Charlie's horrible Yewbeam aunts are trying to make him enter a picture of Skarpo, the magician, while his Uncle Paton has found he can avoid exploding light bulbs if he reads as he walks. The friends meet up at the Pets' Cafe, run by Mr and Mrs Onimous, and the town's dogs chase Asa when he tries to slink in as a werewolf.« less
Even though this series was written for the younger set I still enjoy it very much.It is a relaxing weekend read-AND its a mystery as well. Where is Charlies dad? Will they ever find him-I have to know!!!
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In book 2 of the Charlie Bone series, the author really hits her stride and makes a clean break from all the glaring similarities with Harry Potter. Yes, he's still a boy at a special boarding school with messy hair and a best friend at school with flaming red hair. But the Charlie Bone books cover only one term instead of one semester, there is not a single over-arching bad guy, and he has many friends who are each major characters in their own right. Great reading for kids, and an enjoyable way for an adult to pass an afternoon too.