Search Results: "harry potter"


BOOK REVIEW

HARRY POTTER AND THE PRISONER OF AZKABAN by J.K. Rowling
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 8, 1999

The Harry Potter epic (Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, p. 888, etc.) continues to gather speed as Harry enters his third year at the Hogwarts School for Witchcraft and Wizardry and does battle with the traitor behind his parents' deaths. Read full book review >

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HARRY POTTER AND THE CHAMBER OF SECRETS by J.K. Rowling
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 2, 1999

"Readers will be irresistibly drawn into Harry's world by GrandPre's comic illustrations and Rowling's expert combination of broad boarding school farce and high fantasy. (Fiction. 11-14)"
This sequel to Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (1998) brings back the doughty young wizard-in-training to face suspicious adults, hostile classmates, fretful ghosts, rambunctious spells, giant spiders, and even an avatar of Lord Voldemort, the evil sorcerer who killed his parents, while saving the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry from a deadly, mysterious menace. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: July 8, 2000

"Still, opening with a thrilling quidditch match, and closing with another wizardly competition that is also exciting, for very different reasons, this sits at the center of Rowling's projected seven volume saga and makes a sturdy, heartstopping (doorstopping) fulcrum for it. (Fiction. All ages)"
As the bells and whistles of the greatest prepublication hoopla in children's book history fade, what's left in the clearing smoke is—unsurprisingly, considering Rowling's track record—another grand tale of magic and mystery, of wheels within wheels oiled in equal measure by terror and comedy, featuring an engaging young hero-in-training who's not above the occasional snit, and clicking along so smoothly that it seems shorter than it is. Read full book review >

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HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS by J.K. Rowling
Released: July 21, 2007

The epic adventure ends where, and as, it should in this long-awaited heart- (and, predictably, door-) stopping closer. Read full book review >

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HARRY POTTER AND THE SORCERER'S STONE by J.K. Rowling
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"It's slanted toward action-oriented readers, who will find that Briticisms meld with all the other wonders of magic school. (Fiction. 10-14)"
In a rousing first novel, already an award-winner in England, Harry is just a baby when his magical parents are done in by Voldemort, a wizard so dastardly other wizards are scared to mention his name. Read full book review >

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SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: July 31, 2016

"Rowling's name on the cover will guarantee mad sales, even for an unadventurous spinoff like this. (Fantasy. 10 & up)"
The Boy Who Lived may be done with Voldemort, but Voldemort's not done with him. Read full book review >

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BEATRIX POTTER by John Malam
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Nov. 3, 1998

"With full-color and black-and-white illustrations. (chronology, glossary, index) (Biography. 5-8)"
Beatrix Potter (24 pp.; $19.93; Nov. 3; 1-57505-275-X): A charming biography in the Tell Me About series, about Peter Rabbit's creator. Read full book review >

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MR. POTTER by Jamaica Kincaid
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2001

"Disappointingly, too labored and self-conscious to achieve its ends."
An ambitious but often sententious attempt to link the story of a tropical island Everyman to great events of the era. Read full book review >

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BEATRIX POTTER by Linda Lear
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 9, 2007

"Although Lear had access to volumes of diaries and letters, her shaping of Potter's intriguing life is rather blockheaded."
A stolid biography by environmental historian Lear (Rachel Carson: Witness for Nature, 1997) that gets at the facts of Victorian Potter's life but does not bother addressing motivations and thwarted ambition. Read full book review >

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BEATRIX POTTER by Alexandra Wallner
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 15, 1995

"Several children's biographies of Potter are in print; it's good to have one for this audience. (Picture book/biography. 6-9)"
Wallner (Betsy Ross, 1994) has written a beginning biography of a woman as familiar to children as Mother Goose, but whose life is much easier to track. Read full book review >

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NONFICTION
Released: Nov. 4, 2008

Chronicling ten years of Pottermania, Anelli dishes up a revealing, delicious insider's view of "small groups of people acting in ways they shouldn't, doing things they usually wouldn't, and making the kind of history that, without Harry, they pretty much couldn't." Read full book review >

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HARRY HARRISON! HARRY HARRISON! by Harry Harrison
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 4, 2014

"Science-fiction readers and Harrison devotees will garner the most pleasure from this heartfelt autobiography."
The life and 60-year career of an award-winning science-fiction writer. Read full book review >