Charlie Bone and the Time Twister by Jenny Nimmo


ChildrenFantasyCharlie Bone and the time twister Charlie Bone and the Time Twister Jenny Nimmo; Orchard Books 2003WorldCatNow Charlie Bone has had a chance to adjust to his new life. He still doesn’t like Bloors Academy, but likes the magic. Whenever possible, though, he tries to avoid using his own “endowment”. Grandma Bone and her sisters are still scary. When he returns to the Academy after Christmas break, Mr. Bloor, the head of the academy, and his son Manfred, head boy of the school, are still nasty.

An odd thing happens shortly after school starts. A strange boy suddenly appears in the hallway. Fortunately only Charlie and the old dog Blessed saw the boy when he came out of thin air. He’s Henry Yewbeam, Charlie’s great-great uncle. Henry had disappeared in 1916. As far as he is concerned, it still should be 1916. Henry’s mean cousin Zeke had given Henry a special marble that actually made a person travel in time. Now it is about 90 years later. The world Henry knew has gone.

Old Ezekiel Bloor is still alive. When Blessed tells about Henry, Ezekiel is determined to catch his boy cousin and send him away again. Now Henry has to hide in Bloors Academy until Charlie can figure out a way to get him away from the school and the Bloor family. But Henry is only 12. He knows he’s in danger, yet wants to explore and do things. He’s bored hiding away. If he’s not careful…

Jenny Nimmo has created a cool “twist” in the magic poor boy story. Charlie Bone and the Time Twister adds in time travel with consequences. Charlie isn’t peeking into the past or future. Henry is stuck in a new world, leaving a younger brother, dying sister, and parents behind in 1916. Nimmo deals a bit with Henry’s emotional dilemma as the boy adjusts to his new situation.

Charlie Bone and the Time Twister is written at a young enough level I can give it to my 7-year-old granddaughter. I think she’ll like it once she gets to know Charlie. The story has a lot of suspense with nasty Grandma Bone and her nosy sisters. Henry acts like the boy he is, causing more trouble and questions. Nimmo keeps the reader’s interest as she keeps getting the children in trouble. It’s not easy hiding a 90-year-old 12-year-old, and Nimmo makes it believable.

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