Midnight for Charlie Bone: Children of the Red King, Book 1

Book review by Matt Berman, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 8+

Mild but enjoyable fantasy good for middle grades.

Parents say

age 8+

Based on 9 reviews

Kids say

age 8+

Based on 18 reviews

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Community Reviews

age 8+

Harry Potter Lite, but it still engages

Absolutely agree with Common Sense Media's "Mild but enjoyable fantasy good for middle grades." It's Harry Potter meets Famous Five, with too many similarities to list. It doesn't shine like the original, with some clunky plot lines, revelations that are well telegraphed and saggy dialogue. That said, it kept my 8 year-old (reading age of a 10 y.o.) spell-bound , and he is chugging happily through the rest of the series.

This title has:

Educational value
Great messages
age 7+

Pretty Good read

You may need to explain some British words to your kids but other wise a safe read to introduce young readers to fantasy reading.

This title has:

Educational value
Great messages
Great role models

Book Details

  • Author: Jenny Nimmo
  • Genre: Fantasy
  • Book type: Fiction
  • Publisher: Orchard Books
  • Publication date: June 11, 2006
  • Publisher's recommended age(s): 8 - 14
  • Number of pages: 401
  • Last updated: July 12, 2017

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