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Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

By J. K. Rowling, Mary GrandPre

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Format: Hardcover, 435 pages
Published In: USA, 01 October 1999

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Rowling proves that she has plenty of tricks left up her sleeve in this third Harry Potter adventure, set once again at the Hogwarts School for Witchcraft and Wizardry. Right before the start of term, a supremely dangerous criminal breaks out of a supposedly impregnable wizards' prison; it will come as no surprise to Potter fans that the villain, a henchman of Harry's old enemy Lord Voldemort, appears to have targeted Harry. In many ways this instalment seems to serve a transitional role in the seven-volume series: while many of the adventures are breathlessly relayed, they appear to be laying groundwork for even more exciting adventures to come. The beauty here lies in the genius of Rowling's plotting. Seemingly minor details established in books one and two unfold to take on unforeseen significance, and the finale, while not airtight in its internal logic, is utterly thrilling. Rowling's wit never flags, whether constructing the workings of the wizard world (Just how would a magician be made to stay behind bars.) or tossing off quick jokes (a grandmother wears a hat decorated with a stuffed vulture; the divination classroom looks like a tawdry tea shop). The Potter spell is holding strong. All ages.
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.


PRAISE FOR HARRY POTTER AND THE SORCERER'S STONE (September, 1998) "A wonderful first novel. Much like Roald Dahl, J.K. Rowling has a gift for keeping the emotions, fears, and triumphs of her characters on a human scale, even while the supernatural is popping out all over. The book is full of wonderful, sly humor [and] the characters are impressively three-dimensional (occasionally, four-dimensional!) and move along seamlessly through the narrative. "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" is as funny, moving and impressive as the story behind its writing. Like Harry Potter, [J.K. Rowling] has wizardry inside, and has soared beyond her modest Muggles surroundings to achieve something quite special."--The New York Times Book Review "A charming, imaginative, magical confection of a novel...a glorious debut, a book of wonderful comic pleasures and dizzying imaginative flights. There is no cause to doubt Rowling's abilities and promise, and every reason to expect great things, truly great things, from her in the future."--The Boston Sunday Globe "You don't have to be a wizard or a kid to appreciate the spell cast by Harry Potter."--USA Today "The story delights and the writing gives you goosebumps, the good kind."--Chicago Tribune "The huge cast of characters, set against a fantastic backdrop with good doses of action, humor and fun, will surely captivate..."--Seattle Times * "Readers are in for a delightful romp with this award-winning debut from a British author sho dances in the footsteps of P.L. Travers and Roald Dahl. There is enchantment, suspense, and danger galore (as well as enough creepy creatures to satisfy the most bogey-men-loving readers, and even a magical game of soccerlike Quidditch to entertain sports fans)."--Publishers Weekly, starred review * "After reading this entrancing fantasy, readers will be convinced that they, too, could take the train to Hogwarts School, if only they could find Platform Nine and Three Quarters at the King's Cross Station."--School Library Journal, starred review * "Rowling's first novel is a brilliantly imagined and beautifully written fantasy that incorporates elements of traditional British school stories without once violating the magical underpinnings of the plot. In fact, Rowling's wonderful ability to put a fantastic spin on sports, student rivalry, and eccentric faculty contributes to the humor, charm, and well, delight of her utterly captivating story."--Booklist, starred review "A rousing first novel.... This hugely enjoyable fantasy is filled with imaginative details, from oddly flavored jelly beans to dragons' eggs hatched on the hearth.."--Kirkus Reviews

EAN: 9780439136358
ISBN: 0439136350
Publisher: Scholastic
Dimensions: 23.47 x 16.21 x 3.58 centimetres (0.91 kg)
Age Range: 5-9 years
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Chris on
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban was an excellent find. It had a compelling storyline that was like a fire on snow day. The book warmed me. The writing was wonderful excellent. I really enjoyed the book. The book left me feeling content, intrigued as to what happened next and that I had invested my money well. It is definetely worth buying.
Chris on
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban was an hypnotic read. It had a amazing story line that and energized my reading me. The writing was clear as a window. I really enjoyed the book. The product left me feeling enthralled satisfied and contented. I would recommend this product for all. It is definetely worth buying.
H.A. on
this is such an amazing read, good for all of any age! a lot of the action takes place outside of hogwarts, which makes for something new and exciting. sirius black is on the loose from azkaban, and is after harry potter, or so evrryone thinks. they are also under the impression that he is a bad guy. a showdown in the shrieking shack will ultimately reveal the truth...
H.A. on
another excellent harry potter book. JK really writes an excellent cohesive book, that is filled with interesting plot lines and characters, such as the new DADA teacher, lupin, who is really a fave of mine. the dementors also add a new dimension to it all, and make for some scary reading! a great read for all ages!
Jennifer on
Though I would classify all of the Harry Potter books as my personal favourites, this is surely one of the ones with the cleverest plot. Nothing is as it seems in Harry's third year of wizarding training, and Joanne Kathleen Rowling piles twist after twist, surprise after surprise on the amazed reader in this excellent book
Matthew on
This is definitely the best book in the series! To have come from no.1 and no.2 and produce a fantastic, thrilling adventure, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban delivers!!
If you want to read a not long but not short book-which is great!-Read this!
Blake on
Harry Pooter and the prisoner of Azkaban is one of the most engaging books to come out of the series. This book is an absolute luxury read and will have you wanting more and go out and buy the whole series. Five out of Five. JK Rowling has done it again.
A. on
Whilst the first book was very mediocre, by the third book the Harry Potter series has dramatically improved. The characters are less stereotyped and Harry is actually showing some character development and complexity! I enjoyed this book a lot, although some irrational things still annoy me [why, if Potter's relatives hate him, didn't they put him up for adoption, why is he allowed to the wizard school, why doesn't he stay in the wizard world or alone with his sizeable fortune, instead of returning to the broom cupboard each holiday etc.]. Overall this book is fun and an improvement on the poor first book. I have high hopes for the next book.
Callum on
A brilliant book. The third novel in JK Rowlings exceptional Potter series and a real blockbuster. You won't be able to put the book down.

Don't be dissuaded by the movie- unfortunately, this was a rather poor display of the magical world in which Harry lives- and that's the best I could say about it.

Harry Potter and Prisoner of Azkaban is my personal favourite in the series.

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