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Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Book 5)

Press:Large Print Press Large Print Press; Lrg edition (August 10, 2005)
Publication Date:2005-08-10
Author Name:J. K. Rowling


A New York Times Bestseller As Harry enters his fifth year at wizard school, Lord Voldemort's rise has opened a rift in the wizarding world between those who believe the truth about his return, and those who prefer to believe it's all madness and lies - just more trouble from Harry Potter. 
Add to this a host of other worries for Harry .
and you'd know what Harry faces during the day.
But at night it's even worse, because then he dreams of a single door in a silent corridor.
And this door is somehow more terrifying than every other nightmare combined.In the richest installment yet of J.
Rowling's seven-part story, Harry Potter confronts the unreliability of the very government of the magical world, and the impotence of the authorities at Hogwarts.
Despite this (or perhaps because of it) Harry finds depth and strength in his friends, beyond what even he knew; boundless loyalty and unbearable sacrifice.
Rowling currently resides in Scotland J.
Rowling has won the Hugo Award, the Bram Stoker Award, and the Whitbread Award for Best Children's Book She has received special commendation for the Anne Spencer Lindbergh Prize, and a special certificate for being a three-year winner of the Smarties Prize, as well as many other honors With over a quarter of a billion sold, the Harry Potter books have been translated into 61 languages and distributed in over 200 countries All five Harry Potter books have appeared on bestseller lists in the United States, Britain, and around the globe

From School Library Journal

Grade 4 Up-Harry has just returned to Hogwarts after a lonely summer. 
Dumbledore is uncommunicative and most of the students seem to think Harry is either conceited or crazy for insisting that Voldemort is back and as evil as ever.
Angry, scared, and unable to confide in his godfather, Sirius, the teen wizard lashes out at his friends and enemies alike.
The head of the Ministry of Magic is determined to discredit Dumbledore and undermine his leadership of Hogwarts, and he appoints nasty, pink-cardigan-clad Professor Umbridge as the new Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher and High Inquisitor of the school, bringing misery upon staff and students alike.
This bureaucratic nightmare, added to Harry's certain knowledge that Voldemort is becoming more powerful, creates a desperate, Kafkaesque feeling during Harry's fifth year at Hogwarts.
The adults all seem evil, misguided, or simply powerless, so the students must take matters into their own hands.
Harry's confusion about his godfather and father, and his apparent rejection by Dumbledore make him question his own motives and the condition of his soul.
Also, Harry is now 15, and the hormones are beginning to kick in.
There are a lot of secret doings, a little romance, and very little Quidditch or Hagrid (more reasons for Harry's gloom), but the power of this book comes from the young magician's struggles with his emotions and identity.
Particularly moving is the unveiling, after a final devastating tragedy, of Dumbledore's very strong feelings of attachment and responsibility toward Harry.
Children will enjoy the magic and the Hogwarts mystique, and young adult readers will find a rich and compelling coming-of-age story as well.Eva Mitnick, Los Angeles Public LibraryCopyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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From Booklist

*Starred Review* No, you can't put it down, but believe me, you'll wish you could. 
This is not an easy book to lug around.
Its worldwide hype aside, the fifth installment in Harry Potter's saga should be judged on the usual factors: plot, characters, and the quality of the writing.
So how does it fare? One thing emerges quickly: Rowling has not lost her flair as a storyteller or her ability to keep coming up with new gimcracks to astound her readers.
But her true skills lie in the way she ages Harry, successfully evolving him from the once downtrodden yet hopeful young boy to this new, gangly teenager showing all the symptoms of adolescence--he is sullen, rude, and contemptuous of adult behavior, especially hypocrisy.
This last symptom of the maturing Harry fits especially well into the plot, which finds almost all of the grown-ups in the young wizard's life saying one thing and doing another, especially those at the Ministry of Magic, who discredit Harry in the media to convince the citizenry that Voldemort is not alive.
Rowling effectively uses this plot strand as a way of introducing a kind of subtext in which she takes on such issues as governmental lying and the politics of personal destruction, but she makes her points in ways that will be clearly understood by young readers.
To fight for truth and justice--and to protect Harry--the Order of the Phoenix has been reconstituted, but young Potter finds squabbling and hypocrisy among even this august group.
And in a stunning and bold move, Rowling also allows Harry (and readers) to view an incident from the life of a teenage James Potter that shows him to be an insensitive bully, smashing the iconic view Harry has always had of his father.
Are there problems with the book? Sure.
Even though children, especially, won't protest, it could be shorter, particularly since Rowling is repetitious with descriptions (Harry is always "angry"; ultimate bureaucrat Doris Umbridge always looks like a toad).
But these are quibbles about a rich, worthy effort that meets the very high expectations of a world of readers.
Ilene CooperCopyright © American Library Association.
All rights reserved

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"When most people hear 'large-print book,' they immediately think senior citizen. 
But large-print editions of popular children's books -- from the powerhouse Harry Potter series to timeless classics like The Adventures of Tom Sawyer -- are now making their way onto the shelves of the Children's Department at the Canton Library.
Although large-print editions are targeted to the visually-impaired or dyslexic child, they can also be used by standard-vision readers.
So Kershner [Children's librarian at the Canton Public Library] has decided against creating a special section in the Children's Department (as exists in the Adult Department) opting instead to intersperse large-print books on the shelves with the regular print versions of the same titles." -- The Observer and Eccentric (October 2000) (The Observer and Eccentric 2000-10-01)"Thorndike Press has helped me not only find books I want to read, but they also look like regular books.
That's important when you're a kid and you can only read Large Print, you want your book to look like all the other books.
I'm reading a lot more now that we have found Thorndike Press." -- Jim Bernardin, Islamorada, FL"Everyone loves to read, there's nothing like curling up with a good book.
We're a reading family, so when our son was diagnosed with Stargardt's Disease and only able to read Large Print, it was particularly difficult.
Books on tape are wonderful but they don't fill the void of actually reading a good story.
Large Print books have been around a long time for older people, but to find a good novel for a young person in Large Print began to feel nearly impossible.
The books that Thorndike Press publishes have truly made a difference in my son's reading life.
He can enjoy current novels as well as some of the classics that he missed reading when it became too difficult with regular print." -- Sara Bernardin, Islamorada, FL"Gr all levels-The boy with the thunderbolt scar is back, and while he's bravely showing his magical might, he's also succumbing to some very human emotions.
Rowling's fifth book (is not only bigger than the previous ones, it's better...Award-winning narrator Jim Dale does a superb job of making both the romping humor and the riveting danger feel three dimensional.
Now thoroughly at home with the horde from Hogwart's, Dale is equally adept at creating this book's new and distinctive characters.
Even those who've read all of the novel's 870 pages will be richly rewarded by listening to this exceptional recording; and every library should have the cassettes and/or the CDs for them to borrow." -- School Library Journal (August 2003) (School Library Journal 2003-08-01)

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From the Publisher

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, by J.K. 
Rowling, the fifth in the bestselling series has been scheduled for release on Saturday, June 21, 2003.
"We are thrilled to announce the publication date.
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix is absolutely superb and will delight all J.K.
Rowling's fans.
She has written a brilliant and utterly compelling new adventure, which begins with the words: "The hottest day of the summer so far was drawing to a close and a drowsy silence lay over the large, square houses of Privet Drive....
The only person left outside was a teenage boy who was lying flat on his back in a flowerbed outside number four.
"Later in the novel, J.K.
Rowling writes: "Dumbledore lowered his hands and surveyed Harry through his half-moon glasses.
'It is time,' he said 'for me to tell you what I should have told you five years ago, Harry.
Please sit down.
I am going to tell you everything.' -Barbara Marcus, President of Scholastic Children's Books in the United States, and Nigel Newton, Chief Executive of Bloomsbury Publishing in Britain Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix is over 255,000 words compared with over 191,000 words in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.
The new book is 38 chapters long, one more than Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.

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From the Inside Flap

There is a door at the end of a silent corridor. 
And it's haunting Harry Potter's dreams.
Why else would he be waking in the middle of the night, screaming in terror?Here are just a few things on Harry's mind:? A Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher with a personality like poisoned honey.? A venomous, disgruntled house-elf? Ron as keeper of the Gryffindor Quidditch team? The looming terror of the end-of-term Ordinary Wizarding Level exams .
and of course, the growing threat of He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named.
In the richest installment yet of J.
Rowling's seven-part story, Harry Potter is faced with the unreliability of the very government of the magical world and the impotence of the authorities at Hogwarts.Despite this (or perhaps because of it), he finds depth and strength in his friends, beyond what even he knew, boundless loyalty; and unbearable sacrifice.Though thick runs the plot, listeners will race through these tapes and leave Hogwarts, like Harry, wishing only for the next train back.

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About the Author

Rowling is the author of the beloved, bestselling, record-breaking Harry Potter series.
She started writing the series during a delayed Manchester to London King's Cross train journey, and during the next five years, outlined the plots for each book and began writing the first novel.
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone was published in the United States by Arthur A.
Levine Books in 1998, and the series concluded nearly ten years later with Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, published in 2007.
Rowling is the recipient of numerous awards and honorary degrees including an OBE for services to children's literature, France's Legion d'Honneur, and the Hans Christian Andersen Literature Award.
She supports a wide number of causes through her charitable trust Volant, and is the founder of Lumos, a charity working to transform the lives of disadvantaged children.
Rowling lives in Edinburgh with her husband and three children.
Kazu Kibuishi is the creator of the "New York Times" bestselling "Amulet "series and "Copper," a collection of his popular webcomic.
He is also the founder and editor of the acclaimed Flight anthologies.
"Daisy Kutter: The Last Train," his first graphic novel, was listed as one of the Best Books for Young Adults by YALSA, and "Amulet, Book One: The Stonekeeper" was an ALA Best Book for Young Adults and a Children's Choice Book Award finalist.
Kazu lives and works in Alhambra, California, with his wife and fellow comics artist, Amy Kim Kibuishi, and their two children.
Visit Kazu online at www.boltcity.com.
Mary GrandPre has illustrated more than twenty beautiful books for children, including the American editions of the Harry Potter novels.
Her work has also appeared in the "New Yorker," the "Atlantic Monthly," and the "Wall Street Journal," and her paintings and pastels have been shown in galleries across the United States.
GrandPre lives in Sarasota, Florida, with her family.

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From AudioFile

Harry is 15, angry and alienated. 
Gone is the eager, wet-behind-the-ears boy wizard.
He's morphed into a surly teenager.
The story is slow to start, but a peerless performance by Jim Dale spins even long passages of exposition into gold.
Once Harry reaches Hogwarts, the pace accelerates and the fun begins.
Voldemort is secretly marshalling the dark wizards for war, the new Dark Arts teacher runs Hogwarts like a fascist state, and Harry learns of an ancient prophecy explaining his psychic connection to Voldemort.
More thoughtful, missing the playfulness of earlier adventures, this artful coming-of-age story provides the perfect backdrop for Harry's adolescent angst and awakening consciousness.
Dale's wizardry transports listeners to places Muggle and magical, and Rowling's inventive plot shifts and fresh characters make this "must listening" for older Potter fans.
Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award © AudioFile 2003, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine

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Comment List (Total:13)

  •     Beautiful written. Just as packed with action as the other six books. Many mysteries are revealed, and the epilogue is a wonderful representation of nineteen years in the...

  •     Kind of slow and really no action

  •     Amazing book!

  •     Not the best Harry Potter book, but a great addition to the series and a must have for the completionist

  •     It's a great read over and over again. Never a dull moment. Looking forward to reading about the goblet of fire.

  •     never better

  •     I can only imagine the kind of pressure J.K. Rowling faces when she sits down to write a Harry Potter book.Though she's said she worked out the whole seven-book series on a fateful train ride she took in the late '90s, she couldn't possibly have imagined that the series would turn into this: midnight bookstore parties, record print runs, and a generation of children (and adults) hanging on to her every written word."This" has now reached a new apogee with its fifth entry, "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix," the longest (870 pages) and most dense (more characters, more complexity) book of the series.And Rowling once again pulls it off.Harry's adolescent funk"Phoenix" begins in the usual place, the Dursleys' house at number four, Privet Drive, in Little Whinging, England. The Dursleys, Harry's guardians, have become more frightened of Harry's magical abilities -- and the now 15-year-old Harry, having sunk into an adolescent funk of bitterness, anger and self-pity, is more than happy to keep them guessing.But Harry soon has bigger problems. Once he's back at the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, he's treated as a pariah by most students for his insistence that the evil Lord Voldemort is back -- and, indeed, played a role in the death of a student at the end of "Goblet of Fire."Only a handful of professors and Harry's close friends -- among them Hermione and Ron -- support him.Harry also struggles with the series' latest villain, Dolores Umbridge, a condescending representative from the Ministry of Magic who assumes a leadership role at Hogwarts. The students' psychological battles with the odious Umbridge are the best parts of "Phoenix," and Rowling writes them with a wicked zest.Rich imagination"Phoenix" does have its problems. The book starts running out of steam before the climactic battle, and that battle itself -- full of noise, flashing spells and wand-handling straight out of a grade-B Western as produced by Jerry Bruckheimer -- is the most poorly constructed scene in the book.Rowling also engages in a stylistic tic, the paragraph-ending ellipsis, that seems to have become more popular with thriller writers. (It's all over Dan Brown's "The Da Vinci Code," too.) Is something wrong with the humble period?But those are minor issues in the face of Rowling's rich imagination and robust writing. The scope of Potter's world seems boundless; Rowling has added new characters and new locations, and added layers to those already existing. Potter's world, though fantastic, seems utterly believable.That's doubly true of Harry himself. Rowling doesn't make Potter into an unblemished hero. Instead, he's a classic conflicted boy-man, struggling with issues both large (the death of both parents, fighting an evil power) and small (love, relationships and his own wildly changing hormones). He may not be as much fun as he was in Book One, but he's become more realistic and sympathetic.Well, when he wants to be. After all, he's a teenager.Recently, a friend asked me if Potter was worth the hype. I'm not sure if anything is worth the hype that the modern entertainment industry produces: overblown publicity machines for works that will vanish in a weekend.But if anything is worth the hype, it's Harry Potter. The books enrapture children, entangle adults, and are full of wit, wisdom and wonder. Who could ask for a more magical experience?

  •     These books are so vividly filled with mystery and intrigue. Very difficult to put down! I can't wait for the next

  •     This one by far is the best Harry Potter book I've read! I just love it to pieces! So exciting!

  •     It's hard to write a review for a book in a series that you've read more times than you can remember, and seen the movie more times than you could count. From that statement alone it should be obvious that I'm a big fan of the Harry Potter series. Do I write my review based upon my first time reading it, or the everlasting impression this book has left me with? I think that fact that this book has made me think and ponder certain ideas over the years, I think the everlasting impression should be the topic of my review.After encountering Dolores Umbridge, I was left pondering the question "What is evil?" Voldemort is obviously the Villian of the series, however I feel Umbridge is a much more sinister and evil Villian than even Voldemort. Voldemort's actions and evil deeds are really very simple to understand. What motivates him is power and greed and he is willing to go to any lengths to achieve those goals. While evil in itself, his motives and actions are very straight forward and easy to understand. It is easy to see Voldemort for the evil that he is, which therefore keeps him in hiding only surrounded by his Death Eaters. Dolores Umbridge is a very different type of evil. Dolores Umbridge is the type of evil that we, the muggles that we are, encounter on a daily basis. They are the people who enjoy the hurt, pain, chaos and distrust they cause through their manipulations and lies. The enjoy the devastation they cause in their wake. The fact that she can create the heartache she relishes so much with a false smile, sweet sanguine falsetto, and splashes of whimsy to give the impression of naïveté and an innocent childlike behavior which puts one off initially of comprehending the true evil she inflicts to hide the monster she is, and the fact that through these false tactics she has risen to a position of power to inflict heartache unto others, shows she is a master at hiding her true psychopathic personality. This sick personality trait is shown most clearly when she makes Harry write lines in detention. She knows Harry is telling the truth, yet she lies and manipulates him until she is in a position of power directly over him in detention at which point she not only continues her lies causing mental anguish to Harry, she continues her evil machinations by causing him physical pain by forcing him to use her quill which scratches and ultimately scars Harry for the rest of his life. Umbridge enjoys Harry's suffering. She even inspects his hand at the end of each detention to make sure he is being cut and that his hand is bleeding and then in a well satisfied way compliments Harry on completing his detention. Her only praise is when Harry does something to cause hurt and pain and twists what he knows is the truth into something false. This is standard textbook psychopathic behavior in domestic abusers.The fact that Doloros Umbridge can navigate society in such a way as to gain a position if importance in the Minisrptry of Magic and flourish in normal wizarding society while hiding her insidious psychopathic tendencies leaves her in an excellent position of power to inflict hurt to others. Her brand if evil is subtle and is not so obvious at a first glance which gives her the ability to "blend in" with others and yet she victimizes many in her wake, as she navigates through life. In Voldemort's case, his brand of evil is so obvious to everyone that he is an outcast of the wizarding community, which ultimately lessens the number of his potential victims to those simply standing in his way of power, while in Umbridge's case her victim pool is limitless die to her access to the community and all those she comes across.So here is the moral question I have pondered for many years since reading this book for the first time. "Which Behavior Is More Evil?" Personally, I feel Dolores Umbridge is the much more evil of the two characters based upon the reasons given in the prior paragraph. Whether you agree or disagree with me is not the point. The point is to make you think and ponder for yourself. The fact that this book makes you think long after you've turned the last page, is a mark of literacy success. Whiter you've read Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix once, or a hundred times, it is always a great novel to read again and again, and question what constitutes as evil.

  •     An unexpected outburst forces Harry into the night, fleeing the consequences of his actions. Fortunately he is quickly found and forgiven. He returns to Hogwarts to find it flanked by dementors, searching for Sirius Black, escaped prisoner and servant to Voldemort. But soon the dementors reveal themselves to be just as dangerous, particularly for Harry, who must master new magic in order to keep them at bay.Eager to begin, the opening offers a concise summary of the series so far, along with vague allusions to the overarching conflict, the search for Sirius Black. Black is painted as the threat, but he’s soon overshadowed by the dementors who pursue him, and anyone else who attracts their attention.The main plot quickly becomes subsumed by subplots. Audiences explore the daily life of Hogwarts in a flurry of scenes that focus on class and Quidditch, as Black and the dementors loom in the background, occasionally as a threat, but mostly a source of inconvenience for Harry, who endures increasing impositions in the name of safety. Harry struggles against these restrictions, earning him the ire of both teachers and friends.Relationships dominate the story, as characters struggle to overcome their own intense emotions. The story culminates in a tragic revelation, casting new light on many of the year’s events, and reiterating the underlying ambiguity that runs throughout the story.+Strong characters+Strong descriptions*Subplots dominate*Ambiguous meaning-Excessive summarization3/5

  •     great

  •     This is an especially great book in the Harry Potter series. Despite the length, I like everything about it; the storyline, the new characters, the jokes, etc.


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