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Also by J.K. Rowling:

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Book Seven)

Harry Potter & the Half-Blood Prince
by J.K. Rowling
ages 9-12 652 pages Arthur A. Levine Books July 2005 Hardcover    

Harry Potter is back and is, once again, in the thick of wizards, witches and Hogwart’s, and involved in trying to stop the evil that is growing under Lord Voldemort’s influence. J. K. Rowling’s sixth book in the series of Harry Potter novels doesn’t disappoint her fans around the world. The long-awaited book may be her best to date as Harry and his friends, Ron, Hermoine and Ginny go to battle once more with the evil side of wizarding. This book has more than a few surprises for his fans.

Harry has turned into a teenager and is beginning to suffer all the new and uncomfortable feelings that come along with the age. It doesn’t make matters any easier that his friends are going through the same changes as he. The book, picking up where the last left off, finds Harry being whisked away by Dumbledore, head of Hogwart’s School for Witches andWizards, who appears one evening at Harry’s Muggle family’s doorstep long before school begins. Apparently Harry is not safe even in the world of Muggles – humans - after the battle of the Prophecy. An eerie gloom has settled over both the magic and the Muggle world with Death Eaters and Inferni appearing in both worlds more and more frequently. It looks like this time Lord Voldemort may obtain his ultimate goal and rule all.

As Harry is welcomed back at school after being kept safe throughout the summer months, students whisper and wonder if he really is the “chosen one.” Never one to pay much attention to flattery, Harry doesn’t let on what was said in the last, most terrible battle. Harry is startled when Dumbledore begins to conduct private lessons with him. His trusted friends from prior years at Hogwart’s are the only ones he entrusts with the knowledge learned during his visits with Dumbledore. But not even Harry himself knows where these lessons will lead him in the end. Not until it is too late do any of the forces fighting to keep Voldemort at bay realize what is to occur. Without even his friends at his side, Harry is left to fit the pieces from the lessons together himself after the most deadly and personal battle he has ever had to fight. Rowling leaves her fans astonished and craving her seventh book in the hugely popular Potter series.
Young readers book reviews for ages 8 to 12 years old

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