Category Archives: Author: J. K. Rowling

Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince

Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince

JK Rowling

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Page Count: 652

Age Range: 12 and up

Year: 2005

Genre: 2005

Book 6 of 7

In this book, Harry is facing off against Malfoy. Harry believes that Malfoy is on a plot to kill Dumbledore and that he is getting support from his least favorite professor, Snape. The book is also devoted to Harry understanding that Lord Voldemort has created horcruxes, which are valued objects that contain parts of his soul. This will allow Voldemort to stay alive and never die. Harry’s worst fears with Malfoy and Snape are realized when they successfully kill Dumbledore.

I would recommend this book, but once again, it would be over most of my students heads. I have spoke to them about reading the series, but they currently aren’t up to level yet.

Mr. David

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Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

JK Rowling

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Page Count: 870imgres

Age Range: 12 and up

Year: 2003

Genre: Fantasy

Book  5 of 7

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix is following Harry into his 5th year at Hogwarts. On top of his normal antics, he is facing a lot more homework due to the O.W.L. exams that will help place him into his future career. Hogwarts is also facing the heavy hand of the Ministry of Magics involvement to control Dumbledore and discredit him as a top wizard. Dolores Umbridge is the embodiment of this heavy hand and she seeks to take control of Hogwarts and Harry.

I would recommend this book to my students but there would be a lot of language barriers for them to hash out. I think for a non native English speaker, there might be too much fantastical language for them to sift through to really enjoy this book.

Mr. David

 

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Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
JK Rowling

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Page Count: 734Unknown-1
Age Range: 13 and up
Year: 2000
Genre: Fantasy
Book 4 of 7

It is about Harry Potter who was entered into the ‘Tri-Wizard Tournament’ by an unknown enemy at Hogwarts. He has to complete three tasks, against older students from the other European wizarding schools, to win the cup and money. He later finds out that Lord Voldemort has been staging the tournament to lure Harry to him so He can regain his full power and kill Harry.

I would recommend this book to advanced and proficient readers but not ELs. It would be too difficult for them to follow along with and would lose their interest with its complexity of fantastical language

Mr. David

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Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
JK Rowling

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Page Count:435 9780061146336
Age Range: 12 and up
Year: 1999
Genre: Fantasy
Book 3 of 7

The book is about Harry Potter and his adventures as he is learning to become a wizard at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. The book begins with him leaving his ʺmuggleʺ aunt and uncle’s home after he inadvertently commits magic outside of the school, which is illegal for young wizards to do. He is able to attend school but is quickly made aware of a murderous mad man named Sirius Black has escaped Azkaban, a prison for wizards that are guarded by dementors. While in school, everyone is on full alarm because Sirius Black tries to break into the school, to kill Harry and to complete the Dark Lord’s commands to kill the entire Potter family. Little do they know, Sirius is Harry’s godfather and is trying to kill them man that betrayed Harry’s parents, Peter Pettigrew, who has taken the form of a rat that lives with Harry’s best friend Ron.

I think that advanced middle school aged students could read and enjoy this book. I asked my ELs and none of them have read it, and in my opinion would be far to over their heads for them to enjoy.

Mr. David

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Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
J. K. Rowling

That is one strong bird.

That is one strong bird.

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Page Count: 251
Age Range: 9 and up
Year: 2000
Genre: Fantasy, Adventure

Series: 2nd of 7, Harry Potter series

As Harry enters into his second year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, mysterious things begin happening before he even gets there. He is warned by house elf Dobby not to return to Hogwarts. Harry does not heed his warning, and is confronted throughout his year with with strange voices that no one else can hear, mysterious and horrific attacks, and a kidnapping. Harry as well as the rest of the school is determined to get to the bottom of who is causing these attacks. Nobody is non suspect– including Harry Potter himself.

I recommend this book to anyone who has seen and enjoyed the Harry Potter movies, or anyone who likes magical plot elements and adventure/mystery.

-Ms. Liz

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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
J. K. Rowling

The American cover of #7 is WOW superior to the British one.

The American cover of #7 is WOW superior to the British one.

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Page Count: 759
Age Range: 9 and up
Year: 2007
Genre: Fantasy
Series: 7th of 7

It’s finally time for Harry Potter and his friends to defeat the Dark Lord Voldemort. In order to do so, Harry, Ron, and Hermione have to complete the quest that Headmaster Dumbledore has left them. They must destroy the Horcruxes that leave Voldemort invincible.

This is a wonderful end to this series. Not only have all the characters grown from the first book, so has the story and plot to become a rich and fulfilling read.

-Emily T.

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Smile

Smile
Raina Telgemeier

Brace face.

Brace face.

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Page Count: 213
Age Range: 8 and up
Year: 2010
Genre: Realistic, Graphic Novel

Raina just wants to be a normal sixth grader. But one night she has an accident injuring her two front teeth. What follows is a long and frustrating journey filled with braces, awkward encounters, and friendships being tested along the way.

This book is for kids as young as eight and adults of any age. The humor is delightful and unique, making an easy yet enjoyable read.

-Ms. Rebecca

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Filed under Age Range: 8 and up, Author: J. K. Rowling, Author: Raina Telgemeier, Genre: Graphic Novel, Genre: Realistic, Page Count: 200-300, Year: 2010s