Charlie Bone and the Time Twister

Charlie Bone and the Time Twister

Please note that this review may contain spoilers for its prequel, Midnight for Charlie Bone. You can read my review of this novel [here].

Charlie Bone and the Time Twister is the second book in Jenny Nimmo’s Children of the Red King series. It was first published in 2002 and is also sometimes just titled The Time Twister in early printings. It follows on directly from Midnight for Charlie Bone (2002) and is in turn followed by Charlie Bone and the Blue Boa (or The Blue Boa or Charlie Bone and the Invisible Boy – 2004), Charlie Bone and the Castle of Mirrors (or The Castle of Mirrors – 2005), Charlie Bone and the Hidden King (2006), Charlie Bone and the Beast (or Charlie Bone and the Wilderness Wolf – 2007), Charlie Bone and the Shadow (or Charlie Bone and the Shadow of Baddock – 2008) and Charlie Bone and the Red Knight (2010). More recently, there has also been a prequel series titled Chronicles of the Red King, of which three novels have so far been published.

In 1916, young Henry Yewbeam found himself at the end of a rather malicious prank. Angry at Henry for completing his jigsaw, Ezekiel Bloor tricked him into staring into a magical device called the Time Twister which sent him hurtling across time. In present day, he appears before a very surprised Charlie Bone. Charlie recognises his missing Great Uncle from a photograph instantly and promises to help him find a way home.

Yet Henry has arrived at the worst possible time. His arrival is also noticed by sneaky Billy Raven who reports it straight to the now ancient Ezekiel. Still eager to make his cousin suffer, Ezekiel sends all of the students loyal to him on a frantic hunt through the school. Their goal is to find both Henry and the Time Twister and return both of them to him.

Enlisting his friends Olivia, Fidelio and Gabriel, Charlie struggles to keep Henry’s whereabouts a secret. However, his own life is filled with all manner of other complications. His friends Lysander and Tancred have had a falling out and he desperately needs to find a way to patch it up. On top of it all, his aunts have a sinister plan. They want to use Charlie’s powers for their own gain but doing so will put him in grave danger…


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