The Resource Harry Potter and the prisoner of Azkaban, by J.K. Rowling

Harry Potter and the prisoner of Azkaban, by J.K. Rowling

Harry Potter and the prisoner of Azkaban
Harry Potter and the prisoner of Azkaban
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by J.K. Rowling
During his third year at Hogwarts School for Witchcraft and Wizardry, Harry Potter must confront the devious and dangerous wizard responsible for his parents' deaths
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  • Booklist Editors’ Choice: Books for Youth, 1999
  • Books I Love Best Yearly (BILBY), Older Reader, 2001.
  • Books I Love Best Yearly (BILBY), Older Reader, 2005.
  • Books I Love Best Yearly (BILBY), Younger Reader, 2001.
  • Colorado Blue Spruce YA Book Award, 2004.
  • Golden Archer Awards (Wisconsin): Intermediate, 2001.
  • Indian Paintbrush Book Award (Wyoming), 2004.
  • Locus Award for Fantasy Novel, 1999.
  • Maine Student Book Award, 2001.
  • Mythopoeic Award for Children's Literature, 2008.
  • Nestle Children's Book Prize for Nine to Eleven Year Olds, 1999.
  • Soaring Eagle Book Award (Wyoming), 2002.
  • Whitbread Book Award for Children's Book of the Year, 1999.
  • YALSA Best Books for Young Adults, 2000
  • Books for Youth, Middle Readers: /*Starred Review*/ Gr. 4-8. Rowling follows basically the same formula in each Harry Potter book, all the while maintaining the same high levels of freshness and quality. Here Harry, along with his sidekicks Ron and Hermione, once again faces great danger. It's become known that the infamous murderer Sirus Black has broken out of the supposedly escape-proof Azkaban fortress and is after Harry. Hence, Harry finds himself restricted to the Hogwarts campus, where everyone can keep an eye on him. Not one to let things like this stand in his way, Harry, with the help of his Invisibility Cape, manages to get into town and into trouble. Harry also finds himself beset by his usual school nemeses, Malfoy and his cronies, as well as Professor Snape, who seems to hate Harry even more than before. Rowling stirs all this together and leavens it with the now-expected generous helping of humor. Add to this the dementors, who "are among the foulest creatures that walk this earth," draining peace, hope, and happiness out of humans; a werewolf, who teaches Defense Against the Dark Arts; a magical map; and a bit of time travel. What results once again is a good story well told, one that is not only a cut above most fantasies for the age group but is also attractive to readers from beyond both ends of the spectrum. The Harry Potter books have the same sense of continuity found in Brian Jacques' popular Redwall saga--with villains, heroes, schemers, and innocents all firmly in their places, the seemingly impossible solved, and good triumphing over evil. And we wait impatiently for the next episode. ((Reviewed September 1, 1999)) -- Sally Estes
  • Gr 4-8-Isn't it reassuring that some things just get better and better? Harry is back and in fine form in the third installment of his adventures at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. His summer with the hideous Dursley family is cut short when, during a fit of quite understandable rage, he turns his Aunt Marge into an enormous balloon and then runs away. Soon, it becomes quite apparent that someone is trying to kill him; even after Harry is ensconed in the safety of fall term at Hogwarts, the attacks continue. Myriad subplots involving a new teacher with a secret, Hermione's strangely heavy class schedule, and enmity between Ron's old rat, Scabbers, and Hermione's new cat, Crookshanks, all mesh to create a stunning climax. The pace is nonstop, with thrilling games of Quidditch, terrifying Omens of Death, some skillful time travel, and lots of slimy Slytherins sneaking about causing trouble. This is a fabulously entertaining read that will have Harry Potter fans cheering for more.-Eva Mitnick, Los Angeles Public Library Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
  • In this third installment in the projected seven-volume series, Sirius Black, imprisoned for killing 13 people with one curse, escapes from Azkaban. As he heads for Hogwarts, the chilling Dementors who trail him quickly descend upon the school. "Each successive volume expands upon its predecessor with dizzyingly well-planned plots and inventive surprises," said PW in a Best Books of 1999 citation. Ages 8-up. (Oct.) --Staff (Reviewed October 15, 2001) (Publishers Weekly, vol 248, issue 42, p74)
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Rowling, J. K
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Series statement
Harry Potter (Original series)
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  • Wizards
  • Magic
  • Schools
  • England
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Harry Potter and the prisoner of Azkaban, by J.K. Rowling
Sequel to: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
24 cm.
ix, 435 p.
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  • (Sirsi) o41266045
  • CARL0623346382
  • (OCoLC)41266045
Harry Potter and the prisoner of Azkaban, by J.K. Rowling
Sequel to: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
24 cm.
ix, 435 p.
Isbn Type
Other physical details
System control number
  • (Sirsi) o41266045
  • CARL0623346382
  • (OCoLC)41266045

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