I'd never heard of the Charlie Bone series of YA books before coming across this in the library. The first book, translated as Charlie Bone and the Midnight Mystery, shows a great debt to Harry Potter--perhaps intentionally. Charlie is a young boy who discovers he has a strange ability inherited from his father and is sent away to a school for others of his kind. Instead of magic and Hogwarts, here we have "gifts" (everyone has a different one) and a school called Bloor. Charlie's particular talent is that, when he looks at a photograph, he can hear the people in it talking to each other as if it were a recording of the scene. Other students at the school have the ability to levitate, turn into a wolf, hypnotize students, and more. The plot of this first book in the series concerns Charlie's discovery that a fellow student has been hypnotized since early childhood into thinking she is someone other than who she really is; Charlie, of course, sets out to find a way to restore her rightful personality.
Overall, I have to say the book is kinda . . . "eh." It's okay, but not particularly memorable.