Charlie Bone and the Invisible Boy


Jenny Nimmo

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It's a new semester for Charlie Bone at the Bloor Academy for magically endowed children, and it's off to another strange start. First, there's a new student named Belle who lives with Charlie's aunts, the Yewbeams. If you've read the first two books about Charlie Bone, you know that the Yewbeams are evil, nasty witches. Even worse, Belle has some kind of power over them. How scary is that? Second, there's a new art teacher, Mr. Boldova. Charlie discovers that Mr. Boldova is actually looking for his younger brother Ollie, who never came home from the academy. And finally, Uncle Paton went off in the middle of the night, which is not that unusual since he usually only travels at night, but this time he hasn't come back! Oh, and did I mention the snake? The great big, blue snake? The one that can make you invisible if it touches you? To find out what Belle, Mr. Boldova and Uncle Paton have in common, read Charlie Bone and the Invisible Boy by Jenny Nimmo to find out!

Discussion questions

Spoiler alert! Some of the questions contain key elements of the plot. Do not read if you don't want to know what happens!

  1. Describe Charlie. What does he look like?
  2. Charlie lives with his endowed Grandma Bone and his Uncle Paton, his non-magical mother and maternal grandmother. What's it like for him? How does the family interact?
  3. How did Ollie become invisible?
  4. Why don't the Bloors want Ollie to escape?
  5. Charlie gets his friends to help Ollie. What talents do they contribute?
  6. How do Charlie and Ollie work together to solve the problem?
  7. Pets play an important part in the book. What do they contribute?
  8. What role does Runner Bean the dog play in solving the mystery?
  9. Was the ending satisfying? Did it resolve all the issues?
  10. How would you rate this book on a scale of 1-10? Would you recommend it to a friend?

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