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Rowling, J. K.
HARRY POTTER AND THE HALF BLOOD PRINCE
New York : Arthur A. Levine, 2005
IL 5-8, RL 7.3
ISBN 0439784549

(2 booktalks)

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Booktalk #1

This book is full of surprises! Harry is made Quidditch Captain. Harry falls in love with Ginny, his best friendís sister. He gets the Half Blood Princes old potions book which has so many secret shortcuts for potions that makes him excel farther in potions and better than any one else which makes his best friend Hermione really mad. Harry also takes private lessons with Dumbledore, which involves going into other peopleís memories to learn more about Voldemort. They need to learn as much as they can so that when the final battle comes between Harry and Voldemort, Harry knows everything he needs to defeat him. Through the book Harry believes that Malfoy is planning something. Harry is not sure what he is planning and even though he keeps telling people no one seems to believe him. While Harry and Dumbledore are away the dark mark is cast over the castle indicating that the death eaters have found a way in the castle. How did they get in? Does it have something to do with Snape and Malfoy? Can Harry and Dumbledore save the day? Youíll just have to read it to find out.  (David L. Smith Jr.,  Mansfield High School)

Booktalk #2

Harry is now a 6th year wizard at Hogwarts and captain of the quiddich team. But Vondlemort is back along with his death eaters terrorizing both the magical and muggle communities. Cornelius Fudge has been sacked as Minister of Magic. Snape has finally obtained his desired position as teacher of Defense against the dark arts. Malfoy is mysteriously absent from creating havoc.

The secret of Vondlemortís seeming immortality is revealed. Sides are revealed in the battle of good and evil. Its time for Harry to grow up.  (Colorado Blue Spruce Young Adult Book Award Nominees 2007-2008)

SUBJECTS:     Potter, Harry (Fictitious character) -- Fiction.
                        Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry (Imaginary place) -- Fiction.
                        Wizards -- Fiction.
                        Magic -- Fiction.
                        Schools -- Fiction.
                        England -- Fiction.

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