8 Titles: Midnight; Time Twister; Invisible Boy; Castle of Mirrors; Hidden King; Beast; Shadow; Red Knight
Author: Jenny Nimmo
Rating: Not Recommended
(no stars out of 3 possible, "D/F")
Audience: Third graders and up
I can't find anything to recommend in this series. I usually read more than one of a series to get as balanced a view as possible, but after 400 pages of Charlie Bone and the Time Twister (#2) I can't imagine reading another 400 pages. From this experience, the series appears to be Scholastic's dumbed-down version of Harry Potter: a boy with magical abilities (Charlie Bone) stuck in a private academy and surrounded by numerous friends and foes.