Rating: ***** (Best of the Best) Suggested Age: 9
Summary: “Harry Potter is lucky to reach the age of thirteen, since he has already survived the murderous attacks of the feared Dark Lord on more than one occasion. But his hopes for a quiet term concentrating on Quidditch are dashed when a maniacal mass-murderer escapes from Azkaban, pursued by the soul-sucking Dementors who guard the prison. It’s assumed that Hogwarts is the safest place for Harry to be. But is it a coincidence that he can feel eyes watching him in the dark, and should he be taking Professor Trelawney’s ghoulish predictions seriously?” (Summary found on Goodreads).
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban is yet another book I am biased about. It is a little longer and has more action than the first two, but still not nearly as much as the next books. There is suggested peril in the book. Characters are nearly killed and in assumed danger. Multiple major characters are injured. Dangerous creatures and objects are entered into the story resulting in the danger of characters. The famous trio hit bumps in the road that may threaten their friendship and that may worry young kids. The vocabulary, again, is high so this book is recommended for advanced young readers or older readers. Also, the violence may bother younger kids. Rowling is such a great writer and she doesn’t miss a beat with this great addition to the series. This book is wonderful and has a place on every book shelf (along with the rest of the series).