I could never get into the “Harry Potter” series. *GASP!* I tired reading it when I was ten and just couldn’t do it. It will probably be a different
story now but I haven’t had the time to pick it up. The purpose of me telling you this is to highlight a series I read when I was 16 working at the library.
“Midnight for Charlie Bone (The Children of the Red King)” is my FAVORITE wizard, witch, save the world series. Written by Jenny Nimmo in 2003 this story is pretty close to the “Harry Potter” series. Bone is sent to Bloor’s Academy by his aunt and there he discovers that he is the descendant of the powerful Red King, along with a few other kids.
What I loved about this book was Nimmo (the author) was able to get me to like fantasy. The twist the turns, the details are perfect and I fell in love with the entire series. This series came well after “Harry Potter” which was released in 1997. But I couldn’t understand why this series never got the attention it deserved. Even if some people consider it a water down version of “Harry Potter” it still is a pretty damn good series.
In this week’s series spotlight “The Children of the Red King” gets a 9 out of 10.
Stargirl enters Mica High with a burst of color and dance. She’s different; nothing like anyone in the entire school. First with name like “Stargirl” and then playing the ukulele during lunch; at first the school is in love with her and then they are not. This is hard for Leo, who has fallen for Stargirl. Leo cannot handle the school shunning him as well as Stargirl, so he tries to make her normal.
What I love about this book is the fact that this girl lived her life on her terms. She was 16 and she didn’t feel obliged to follow the normal of society. She wasn’t trying to fit in only simply be her. She was the definition of not caring what people thought about her . . . that is until she fell for Leo.
He pissed me off. He cared more about what everyone thought than he cared about Stargirl. Granted this is high school and friends or associates are very important but at the end of the book when he went to college, he was still thinking of her and it made no mention of him having a family or even a girlfriend.
Spinelli did a wonderful job of describing how someone different can be bullied or how important image is to some people.
This book gets a perfect score. I was hoping for a happy ending with Leo and Stargirl but Leo was such a disappointment and it broke my heart. “Stargirl” was a quick read but full of so much emotions that it was perfect.
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