Charlie Bone and the Shadow is by Jenny Nimmo. The seventh book in the Children of the Red King series. Count Harken, the Shadow, is back. Charlie's ancestors have been taken to the evil land of Badlock. Charlie travels there through a painting to save them. Runner Bean, Benjamin's dog, becomes stuck in the painting and Charlie asks Billy to help him get Runner Bean back. Then Billy gets trapped in Badlock and Charlie must rescue him as well. Can Charlie rescue Runner Bean and Billy or will the Count finally succeed?
Ratings: 7th grade - 8 out of 10.