Saturday, September 25, 2004
Charlie Bone and the Invisible Boy by Jenny Nimmo, 2004
When I first encountered these books at a book fair I assumed they were Harry Potter wanna-be's. As I read the first one, Midnight for Charlie Bone, I was completely engaged by the story and could see the potential in the characters and storyline. The second book, Charlie Bone and the Time Twister did not disappoint me and the third one was a delight to read.
Charlie "with his eager and often clumsy attempts to help people" continues to find out more about his family history. At school, his friends, Emma, Tancred, Olivia, Gabriel, and Lysander are determined to help Ollie Sparks, a student who "disappeared" but might be living in the attics of Bloor's Academy. Their kind art teacher Mr. Boldova has a personal interest in their quest and they receive help from Cook and surprisingly the spy Billy Raven. Has Billy changed his stripes for good?
The question my nephew asks, "Why are Charlie's aunts so mean?" remains unanswered.
Scholastic has a website with puzzles and trivia questions about the series.
Posted by Camille at 1:03 PM