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Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

Written by J.K. Rowling

Illustrated by Mary GrandPré

The war against Voldemort is not going well; even Muggle governments are noticing. Ron scans the obituary pages of the Daily Prophet, looking for familiar names. Dumbledore is absent from Hogwarts for long stretches of time, and the Order of the Phoenix has already suffered losses.

And yet...

As in all wars, life goes on. Sixth-year students learn to Apparate - and lose a few eyebrows in the process. The Weasley twins expand their business. Teenagers flirt and fight and fall in love. Classes are never straightforward, though Harry receives some extraordinary help from the mysterious Half-Blood Prince.

So it's the home front that takes center stage in the multilayered sixth installment of the story of Harry Potter. Here at Hogwarts, Harry will search for the full and complex story of the boy who became Lord Voldemort - and thereby find what may be his only vulnerability.

Reviews and Awards

ALA Best Book for Young Adults
New York Times Notable Book
2005 Quill Book of the Year
2005 Quill Children's Chapter / Middle Grade Book of the Year
New York Times Notable Book
Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Platinum Seal
CCBC Choice
Publishers' Weekly Cuffie
Booklist Editor's Choice
Chicago Public Library "Best of the Best"
New York State Children's Choice Award Nominee
2006-2007 Indian Paintbrush Book Award Nominee

"The suspense generated by these books... stems, as well, from Ms. Rowling's dexterity in creating a character-driven tale, a story in which a person's choices determine the map of his or her life - a story that creates a hunger to know more about these people who have become so palpably real.... Indeed, the achievement of the Potter books is the same as that of the great classics of children's literature, from the Oz novels to The Lord of the Rings: the creation of a richly imagined and utterly singular world, as detailed, as improbable and as mortal as our own.” - New York Times

“With each book she has revealed progressively more of her brilliantly clever parallel world, from the first and comparatively simple volumes for and about younger children through the darker and more detailed later books. It is only as we proceed - and ideas seemingly thrown casually into the mix ripen into great significance - that it becomes clear that it's a world she has seen in its fantastic complexity all along. We enthusiasts, we happy millions, can only marvel at her skill at sustaining innumerable narrative skeins and wrapping them ever more tightly together - in the process keeping us ... rapt.” - Wall Street Journal

“From the very first lines of this long, immensely intricate and accomplished young adult novel, J.K. Rowling's skill for combining fantasy, humor, soap opera and even politics pushes full throttle.” - Newsday

“This is a powerful, unforgettable setup for the finale. The hardest thing about "Half-Blood Prince" is where it leaves us - in mourning for who has been lost, anxious to learn how Rowling will wrap up a saga that millions wish would go on and on.” - Associated Press

“The ending is almost too much to bear. I haven't cried so hard since Charlotte the Spider died.” - Los Angeles Times

⋆ “If Harry grew up in the last book, here he becomes a man, learning the true impact of the last book's prophecy, and the importance of love as the antidote to fear.” - Publishers Weekly, starred review

Purchase Options
Indiebound • Scholastic Store • Amazon • Barnes & Noble

Summer 2005
ISBN: 0-439-78454-9
Price: $29.99
Trim Size: 6" x 9"
Page Count: 672
Foreign Rights: Christopher Little Literary Agency
Translation Rights: Christopher Little Literary Agency
Rights Available? yes

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