THE MAGICIAN TRILOGY by Jenny Nimmo
The Magician Trilogy by Jenny Nimmo are some of the best children's fantasy novels out there — and so inevitably they are virtually unknown. Set in the mountains of Wales, the books chronicle the experiences of Gwyn Griffith, a young boy magician dealing with the gift and burden of inheriting magical powers from his legendary ancestors. Before immediate comparisons are made with that other boy-wizard, rest assured that The Snow Spider was published several years before Harry Potter hit the scene.
In the The Snow Spider, Gwyn becomes aware of his abilities as a magician, using his gift to summon several magical artifacts from another world, including Arianwen, a tiny silver spider who helped him uncover the mystery... Read More
Jenny Nimmo(1944- )
Jenny Nimmo is the author of several award-winning children’s novels. You can find out more about her and her books at her website and at the Charlie Bone website.
The Magician Trilogy — (1986-1989) Ages 9-12. Publisher: Gifts from Gwyn’s grandmother on his tenth birthday open up a whole new world to him, as he discovers he has magical powers that help him heal the breach with his father that has existed ever since his sister’s mysterious disappearance four years before.
THE MAGICIAN TRILOGY by Jenny Nimmo
The Children of the Red King — (2002-2007) Ages 9-12. Publisher: 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.
Chronicles of the Red King — (2011-2012) Ages 9-12. Publisher: NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY bestselling author Jenny Nimmo is back with a brand-new series chronicling the origin and the adventures of Charlie Bone’s magical ancestor, the Red King! Timoken is a prince born in a secret kingdom. At his birth, a forest jinni bestows magical gifts upon him: a cloak made by the last moon spider and a potion called Alixir. When the peaceful land is attacked, Timoken and his sister, Zobayda, must find a new kingdom to call home. Together, with only the magical gifts and a talking camel, the siblings set off. In this brand-new series, bestselling author Jenny Nimmo takes readers on an extraordinary quest with one of her most powerful and mysterious characters, the one who started it all for Charlie Bone and the children of the Red King.
Midnight for Charlie Bone by Jenny Nimmo
Any book nowadays that has its main character be a young boy who suddenly discovers he has magical talent is, fair or not, going to be compared to the Harry Potter series. Add in a school for geniuses and those "endowed" with magical talents, a small cadre of mixed (talented and not-talented) friends to aid the main character, suspicious professors, and a missing presumed dead father and you're almost asking for it. It might not be right, but at least so many people have read Harry Potter that it gives us all a solid baseline standard. So let's get to the inevitable, fair or not — how does Charlie Bone stack up against Harry Potter? The answer has to be "not very well," mostly due to the writing rather than the storylin... Read More
Charlie Bone and the Time Twister by Jenny Nimmo
The first Charlie Bone book had lots of basic flaws in it: lack of story or character development, a sense of arbitrariness, an overly familiar feel to it, etc., but the premise was just interesting enough, and the characters' magical “endowments” just quirky enough that one hoped Jenny Nimmo could improve in book two and start putting together a worthwhile series. Sadly, based on this second effort, that hope isn't borne out.
First, Charlie Bone and the Time Twister simply has a careless feel to it. There are far too many places where the author either contradicts herself or tosses in an out-of-the-blue plot moment or arbitrarily assigns an endowment or task to a character. It's almost as if Nimmo herself doesn't care much about the story or its characters. As two quick examples: in one... Read More
Rainbow and Mr. Zed — (1992) Ages 9-12. Publisher: On an island owned by the wealthy, eccentric Mr. Zed, Nell learns more about herself and her connection to the sea, meets the ghost of her grandfather, and deals with Zed’s unusual powers.
Griffin’s Castle — (1994) Ages 9-12. Publisher: After years of having moved around, eleven-year-old Dinah determines to make a huge, dilapidated old mansion into a home for her mother and herself, but the wild beasts she summons from a stone wall to protect her may also imprison her.
The Rinaldi Ring — (1999) Ages 9-12. Publisher: Elliot, grieving for his dead mother, is sent to stay with his cousins. There he is haunted by Mary-Ellen, who was once kept prisoner in his room. The loss of her fiance, Orlando Rinaldi, killed in World War I, threatened her sanity – or so everyone thought.
Milo’s Wolves — (2001) Ages 9-12. Publisher: An Utterly Compelling, Thought-provoking And Multi-layered Novel With Two Main Themes: The Implications Of Cloning And The Nature Of Blood Ties, The Importance Of Identity And A Sense Of Belonging; The Family And How Children Face Up To A Parent’s Flaws And Insecurities, And How They Help That Parent Come Through.