Charlie Bone and the Castle of Mirrors by Jenny Nimmo

 

ChildrenFantasy Charlie Bone and the Castle of Mirrors by Jenny NimmoCharlie Bone and the Castle of MirrorsJenny Nimmo; Orchard Books 2005WorldCatIt’s time for Charlie Bone’s second year at Bloor’s Academy to begin. He had started after the last year had been in session, so doesn’t know beginning of year protocol. Even though he has graduated, Manfred Bloor has stayed at the school as a teaching assistant, so he is still there to torment Charlie and his friends. There are some new endowed students as well, a young boy who always has paper stuck to him and twin girls who never move their placid faces but move objects.

The Bloors finally keep their promise to Billy Raven and find parents for him. But they don’t want to lose Billy’s endowment. His new parents are NOT the type of people Billy wants. Unfortunately, by the time he figures that out, he’s their prisoner. Olivia Vertigo has something bothering her as well, but she won’t talk to anyone about it. Soon Charlie is trying to help everyone or stick his nose into places he should avoid.

Mr. Pilgrim, the piano teacher, has left. The new teacher seems to have two personalities. Grandfather Ezekiel Bloor tries to raise the ghost of his wicked ancestor. And Charlie has a dream that his father is in a house of glass.

Jenny Nimmo’s Charlie Bone is still no Harry Potter. The books are aimed at a slightly younger group, as well, around 8 to 10.

But the fun characters have returned in Charlie Bone and the Castle of Mirrors. Tancred is calling up even better storms, for a while targeting Charlie and his other friends. Emma has settled in with her aunt and is more comfortable with her flying endowment. Grandma Bone is in the background, but doesn’t do much in this book except appear long enough to threaten Charlie once or twice.

Nimmo has Charlie get into things he shouldn’t, just like any kid his age. He may be special, but he’s normal, too. Charlie Bone and the Castle of Mirrors is fair. It’s necessary for the story line that comes together in the fifth novel. If a youngster has gotten into the Charlie Bone series, s/he will probably like this one, too.

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