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Jenny Nimmo. Charlie Bone and the Red Knight 
Egmont $12.95  ISBN 978-1-4052-4960-7  430 pg.
Reviewed by Samantha, Age 12

Charlie Bone is a twelve-year-old boy with an extraordinary power; he can travel into pictures and talk to the people in them. Though he’s only one of the few with a special power, several others have an endowment of some amazing power; these people are called The Children of The Red King. Descendents to the powerful magician, The Red King…a great ruler that has long passed and been turned into a forever tree. Charlie’s one of the Red King’s great, great, great grandchildren, heir to some of the magical power the King possessed. You think it’d make life so much easier to have special powers, to be a child to the king, right? Wrong!

Although Charlie and his friends use their powers to prevent evil, others use their endowments for the opposite affect…to cause evil and try to bring back the dark opposite of the King, Count Harken of Badlock. Those who use their power for evil have succeeded in bringing back some of their dark friends; they are slowly taking over the city and driving everyone else away. Charlie and his friends know that unless they do something soon…something fast…their once peaceful kingdom will be taken over by the cruelly twisted Count Harken. How could a twelve-year-old boy and a couple of his friends save the whole city from ancient evil from another world when they have trouble saving even themselves? Their only hope is left to the mysterious Red Knight…

I highly enjoyed this story. It made me feel as though I was there experiencing the action along side Charlie and his friends. It’s suspenseful… adventurous… courageous… and simply marvelous. I really loved how creative Nimmo’s writing is; the plot of the story is beyond anything I’ve ever heard of. The magic is indescribable, how unique all the powers are, and the history behind the city itself. I found myself rooting for people I used to despise. Such a twisted piece of writing…yet it all makes sense. I really loved the way the story concluded, though I’m sad the series has finally come to an end. A highly satisfying read and I recommend this book to people of all ages; the perfect story if you feel trapped and just need to escape reality!

I give Charlie Bone and the Red Knight five final stars!

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