Review on Jenny Nimmo’s Charlie Bone and The Time Twister

It is a response to literature on Charlie Bone and the Time Twister.

“Take him to the dungeons,” said Ezekiel (p239). Henry Yewbeam was twisted through time from the winter of 1916, and his cousin, Ezekiel Bloor, wanted him gone. Jenny Nimmo’s Charlie Bone and the Time Twister is a somewhat unrealistic, but exciting novel. It showed the importance of teamwork through Charlie and his friends’ attempt on rescuing Henry.

       Many characters in the story are “endowed”. They have special powers that help them. Their powers were all traced back to their common ancestor, the Red King. Throughout the story, Charlie Bone and his friends try to use their powers to keep Henry from getting caught. They always run into trouble with Ezekiel Bloor, the headmaster’s grandfather, while they help Henry. The two forces, with Charlie and his friends on one side and the Bloors with Charlie’s evil great-aunts (the Yewbeams), always have conflicts over Henry. “Dr. Bloor and one of your aunts are in the café. They’re watching every move we make.” (P355) showed that the Bloors want to get rid of Henry, but Charlie is desperate about rescuing Henry.

       A conflict appears just as the other one was solved. This novel is filled with a chain of conflict that would keep readers turning pages. The solutions to the different conflicts often surprise me. I didn’t think that the Bloors would capture Henry after a couple months of searching, but in the end, they did. Henry was then brought to a dungeon and got locked up. I didn’t think that Charlie would rescue Henry with a wand that belonged to his ancestor either. After many more conflicts with the Bloors, Charlie and his great uncle Paton were finally able to drive Henry to Henry’s brother’s house. The plots are well written with many exciting conflicts over Henry Yewbeam, the boy who got twisted through time.

       The conflicts between the two forces helped show the different themes in the story. The difference between perception and reality is a thing that is commonly seen in our lives. Charlie is a really helpful boy. He is always eager to help people, but people always look at him as a troublemaker. On p108, Cook said, “ Help? Help? Murder more like.” The Bloors also look at him as a troublemaker because Charlie is always doing things opposite of what they want. Being brave is also really important. There are many things that can’t be accomplished if Charlie is not brave. He would never dare going against the headmaster’s will, especially when the headmaster’s son can hypnotize him. His braveness helped him successfully rescue Henry with his friends help. Friendship is also one of the most important things in life. Friends can help when a person runs into trouble or help the person accomplish many different things. On p299, Olivia, Charlie’s friend, would have been caught by Zelda and Beth, friends of Manfred Bloor, but Emma, Charlie’s other friend, turned into a bird and grabbed Zelda and Beth. Later, Olivia got back to her dormitory safely. Many of these lessons that are taught in the story can really help us.

       Henry Yewbeam finally arrives at his brother’s house. Without friendship and braveness, Charlie would not have succeeded in saving Henry. Even though this book is sort of unrealistic, I would still recommend this book because it is exciting and there are many important lessons that can be learned from reading this book.

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3 Comments
  1. Posted January 30, 2011 at 8:44 pm

    hmm… i agree with you. it is unrealistic but there are many lessons.

  2. Posted February 1, 2011 at 2:05 am

    very well written review.

  3. Posted March 27, 2011 at 6:58 am

    i think this book has lots of action and suspense which makes it an asome book

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