Monday, June 23, 2003

Harry Potter

Like a lot of folks, I've been more-or-less patiently waiting for "Harry Potter and The Order of The Phoenix" for on to 3 years now. Our patience has been rewarded...I'm about 200 pages into it, and so far it appears to have been worth the wait. Harry, like most 15-year-olds, is one frustated, angry puppy, and who can blame him? He's an orphan with hateful guardians, he finds himself in the center of all the action but is shunted aside whenever "adult" decisions are required, he never quite gets the things he really wants ... who wouldn't be angry?

So far, it's an even darker book than "Harry Potter and Then Goblet of Fire." Not hardly for the 9 year-old set, though plenty of them will plow through the almost 900 pages. 15 year-olds will identify with Harry's fears and frustrations, but may not quite get the motivations, fears, and worries of the adult characters. If you're 15 or older, go for it - but don't be pushing this one on your 4-graders...

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