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Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

Series: Harry Potter (Book #6)
by J. K. Rowling Illustrated by Mary GrandPré, Kazu Kibuishi
This special edition of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince has a gorgeous new cover illustration by Kazu Kibuishi. Inside is the full text of the original novel, with decorations 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.
Interest Level
Grades 3 - 5
Grade Level Equivalent
6.5
Lexile Measure
1030L
DRA
60
Guided Reading
W
Publisher
Scholastic Inc.
Number of Pages
688
Genre
Adventure, Series, Fantasy, Science Fiction and Fantasy

About the Author and Illustrators

J. K. Rowling Joanne Rowling, author of the Harry Potter book series, was born in Chipping Sodbury near Bristol, England. After she graduated from Exeter University, she found work as a secretary, and later spent time teaching English in Portugal before moving to Edinburgh, Scotland, with her daughter. She currently resides in Scotland with her husband and three children.
Mary GrandPré Mary GrandPré uses her artistic talents to transform the images of Harry Potter from words to pictures. She lives in Minnesota with her husband, Tom Casmer, and dog, Chopper. The dog is part Saint Bernard, shepherd, and Lab.
Kazu Kibuishi Kazu Kibuishi is the Eisner-nominated creator of the #1 NEW YORK TIMES bestselling Amulet series, and of a collection of his popular webcomic, COPPER. He is also the cover illustrator of the 15th anniversary paperback editions of the Harry Potter series. He lives in Alhambra, California, with his family. 

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