Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

Author: JK Rowling
My recommended age: 10 and up
Fantasy Fiction
Guided Reading Level: W
Lexile Level: 950L

Voldemort's back and building his army. Unfortuately the ministry is totally pretending everything is fine and only a few people belive the truth. They've made Harry out to be an attention seeking unstable boy; and he struggles as many of his schoolmates are mean to him.
In this book Harry is growing up and frankly has become a moody teenager. Ok so yes, he is 15 year old boy, and so his actions are pretty typical, but there were a lot of pages of them. There are a few cuss words in this book, which we so not appreciated, and the battle at the ministry is intense.  There is a snake attack, which Rowling's writing allows the reader to picture easily, so this may scare younger readers.  Throughout the book, Harry sees events as if he is Voldemort, and near the end Harry is briefly possessed by Voldemort.  The idea that the villan can share Harry's thoughts is rather disturbing, not in an offensive way, but in an intense way .
Enjoy and Happy Reading!
~Becky and Liz

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