Charlie Bone and the Shadow

Reader: Elise S
Age: 13
Title: Charlie Bone and the Shadow
Author: Jenny Nimmo
Publisher: Orhcard Books
Pub Date: 2008
Annotation: When Charlie sees his evil Grandma Bone putting a picture in their basement, he has to go and look. Within seconds, however, he is sucked inside, only barely managing to escape, but not before one of his friends is captured too. Soon everybody is involved in an adventure to save Billy, destroy the "shadow" i.e. Count Harken, and not get killed!
Recommend: No
Compelling aspect of the book: I like all the different abilities of the children of the Red King. There are some very funny characters, and it's a good continuation of the past books.
Did you finish: Yes
Were you disappointed with the book for any reason: Okay. So first off the only thing Charlie really achieves in this book is rescuing Otus the giant, and putting him in this mirror. Secondly, his friend (and one of the awesomest most useful characters, Billy Raven) gets stuck in the evil painting and Charlie doesn't get him out by the end. And thirdly, another one of the best characters is randomly DROWNED and then within the last paragraph is ressurected without an explanation. It felt like the entire book was just the middle of a story, it was missing its ending.
Did the cover tempt you and/or reflect the contents of the book: The cover was very intriguing. Once you got into the book you could totally see how it reflected the contents.
Comments: I love Jenny Nimmo, but this book just didn't have an ending! Also, for readers who haven't read the other 6 books, it might be nice to have some sort of brief explanation at the beginning.
Age Range: Under 12, 12-13
Quality: 4Q Better than most
Popularity: 3P Some teen appeal

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