Rating: ***** (Best of the Best) Suggested Age: 9
Summary: “All Harry Potter wants is to get away from the Dursleys and go back to Hogwarts School for Witchcraft and Wizardry. But just as he’s packing his bags, Harry receives a warning from a strange, impish creature named Dobby – who says that if Harry Potter returns to Hogwarts, disaster will strike.
And strike it does. For in Harry’s second year at Hogwarts, fresh torments and horrors arise, including an outrageously stuck-up new professor, Gilderoy Lockheart, a spirit named Moaning Myrtle who haunts the girls’ bathroom, and the unwanted attentions of Ron Weasley’s younger sister, Ginny.
But each of these seem minor annoyances when the real trouble begins, and someone–or something–starts turning Hogwarts students to stone. Could it be Draco Malfoy, a more poisonous rival than ever? Could it possibly be Hagrid, whose mysterious past is finally told? Or could it be the one everyone at Hogwarts most suspects… Harry Potter himself. ” (Summary found on Goodreads).
Again, I am a little biased towards this series because it is my all-time favorite. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets is a great sequel to Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. Like the first book, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets has less action and is shorter than the later books. It does have a little more action than the first one and the life of three major characters are threatened. This can be a little disturbing to younger kids, so no one under eight should read the book by themselves, but a parent could read it with them and talk to them about the events. The vocabulary, again, is high for younger kids and Ron uses his common phrase ‘bloody h**l’. The characters have developed even more and are easy to root for. Rowling has such a wonderful imagination and it is expressed in every part of this book. I recommend this book highly. I love how much thought Rowling puts into her books, she is such a great writer and that is an understatement.