Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince: Harry Potter, Book 6

Book review by Matt Berman, Common Sense Media
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age 11+

Emotionally powerful volume book mines Voldemort's past.

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age 9+

Based on 42 reviews

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age 10+

Based on 183 reviews

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age 9+

Perfect book for kids, tweens and teens!

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's stone alone sold 105 million copies. That makes it one of the most popular books in the world! You would not regret reading Harry Potter by J.K Rowling, this enchanting book series is a thrilling adventure of fantasy. The plot of this story is long and exciting. In a long span of 7 books, 4,224 pages, and 1,084,170 words, Harry potter has to defeat the dangerous Lord Voldemort. The characters in this story are complex and engaging, each one has many different sides and they are all immensely inspiring. Different books have different themes, and these books teach us, perhaps some of the most important ones. These lessons are influencing and heartwarming. Because Harry Potter is so popular, you can find it just about everywhere. In the library, in the book shop, on a kindle, anywhere. In addition to that, Harry Potter is translated into approximately 88 languages.
age 11+

The Half Blood Prince

This book is great, with a little violence when a main character dies at the end of the book. There is a lot of sexual reference, a lot of snogging, but the characters are older and this is naturally what is happening during teen years. 1) I think that J. K. is speeding up her detail for just more pages and 2) the sexual content in the book just distracts readers from the main plot. It isn't necessary (except for **SPOILER** Ginny **END OF SPOILER**... read the last book to find out...) but other crushes and mentioning of a girl rapidly going through boyfriends... it makes dating sound like such a game, and usually they break up in a mean way, for example in the fifth book, a couple that is very important in the books is angry with each other. I think that the plot except towards the end part is less dark than the 5th book (The Order of the Phoenix), but Voldemort's past can get a little darker, for example the time in the later chapters when Tom Riddle is mean to **SPOILER** Dumbledore SPOILER**. I don't think that the death at the end of the book is necessary, but J. K. probably had the movies in mind.

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