Children of the Red King #1: Midnight for Charlie Bone

Book 1 of 8 in the Children Of The Red King
Interest LevelReading LevelReading A-ZATOSWord Count
Grades 4 - 8Grades 2 - 5U4.865006
A magical fantasy that is fast-paced and easy-to-read. Charlie Bone has a special gift- he can hear people in photographs talking.

The fabulous powers of the Red King were passed down through his descendants, after turning up quite unexpectedly, in someone who had no idea where they came from. This is what happened to Charlie Bone, and to some of the children he met behind the grim, gray walls of Bloor's Academy.

Charlie Bone has discovered an unusual gift-he can hear people in photographs talking! His scheming aunts decide to send him to Bloor Academy, a school for genius's where he uses his gifts to discover the truth despite all the dangers that lie ahead.
Hardcover, 416 pages
Published on March 1, 2003 by Orchard Books
ISBN-10: 0439474299
ISBN-13: 9780439474290
26 Book Reviews
  • AgustinWednesday, November 20, 2013 at 5:25 pm
    This book is awsome because there are cats that are red,yellow, and an orange.
    • inkpage78
      inkpage78Friday, November 8, 2013 at 10:55 pm44 stars
      I really like this book. I continue to read the series and I am drawn in by the magical feel to it. I am excited to find out what will happen in the next books!
      • kimge
        kimgeMonday, September 30, 2013 at 5:00 pm
        The book has a very "Harry Potter" feel to it. A boy with a special ability is sent to a magical school. When my friend first introduced this series to me, it didn't look very exciting. But remember, don't judge a book by it's cover! I was hooked by the end of the first few chapters and read up to Charlie Bone and the Red King. Overall, THIS IS A GREAT BOOK!!
        • bibliophile
          bibliophileFriday, October 24, 2014 at 6:06 pm
          I know, right?!?!? This book reminded me of the Harry Potter series so much, like Charlie Bone(Harry Potter) and his friends( Ron and Hermoine) practice their abilities (witchery) in Blood's Academy(Hogwarts)! But other then that... These series are awesome, and if you enjoyed the Harry Potter series, then you'll enjoy these series!(or... vice versa)
        • kimge
          kimgeMonday, September 30, 2013 at 4:58 pm
          The book has a very "Harry Potter" feel to it. A boy with a special ability is sent to a magical school. When my friend first introduced this series to me, it didn't look very exciting. But remember, don't judge a book by it's cover! I was hooked by the end of the first few chapters and read up to Charlie Bone and the Red King. Overall, THIS IS A GREAT BOOK!!
          • kimge
            kimgeMonday, September 30, 2013 at 4:52 pm
            The book has a very "Harry Potter" feel to it. A boy with a special ability is sent to a magical school. When my friend first introduced this series to me, it didn't look very exciting. But remember, don't judge a book by it's cover! I was hooked by the end of the first few chapters and read up to Charlie Bone and the Red King. Overall, THIS IS A GREAT BOOK!!
            • buddernews
              buddernewsFriday, September 27, 2013 at 12:33 pm55 stars
              this book is awesome!! if you have never read it, read it!! you will love it!!
              • lolipop9999
                lolipop9999Wednesday, March 20, 2013 at 6:58 am
                This is a great! One of the best!!! I am only on the first book and not that far in it, but I can tell that it's great.
                • micahroni
                  micahroniWednesday, March 6, 2013 at 7:32 am55 stars
                  One of the best books I have ever read!
                  • elf
                    elfSaturday, December 8, 2012 at 4:30 pm
                    i love this movie!11
                    • cherry2002
                      cherry2002Tuesday, October 2, 2012 at 1:33 am55 stars
                      Really loved it was sort of like the Harry Potter books (but the harry potter books are better than charlie bone of course).