Wednesday, October 14, 2009

First Quarter Outside Reading Book Review

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling. Scholastic,1999. Genre:Fantasy

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets is the sequel to Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. In the first book, a boy named Harry Potter finds out that he is a wizard and is eligible to attend Hogwarts, a school for wizards. In Hogwarts he meets new friends, learns about his past and has some amazing adventures. In Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Harry is off to his second year at Hogwarts after he is warned not to go. Attacks begin happening and warning messages are left now that the chamber of secrets have been opened again. Harry's friend Hermione gets turned to stone and Harry's friend Ron's sister Ginny is captured into the chamber Harry saves her after a confrontation with Tom Riddle or Voldermort.

"Life at Hogwarts is chock-full of surprises. Rowling is clever and witty and fills each chapter with mystery, suspense (and on occasion terror), as well as humor."; a quote from St. Louis Post-Dispatch from the front of the book says.

The book brings you to another world. To a world with Quidditch, magic and dragons. It shows a young boy having the time of his life when only two years ago he was living with his awful aunt and uncle and had no idea that any of this stuff exsisted. J.K. Rowling uses some of the best writing techniques I have ever seen. She has the right amount of emotion and feeling and uses the best details and adjectives to describe her well-thought out settings and characters. The book is on par with the first as both are probably some of the best books I have ever read and have kept me interested to go on to read the further adventures of Harry and his friends.

"Ink spurted out of the diary in torrents, screaming over Harry's hands, flooding the floor." (322)

This book has affected me in many ways. It taught me to go and explore and to go on my own adventures and have the time of my life. It taught me how to have great friendships with friends who will go throught everything with you and remain loyal until the end. Also it taught me about the concept of good and evil. The good guy usually prevails and the bad guy will get not. That is how the book affected me and I hope everyone will give the Harry Potter series a chance because I never liked fantasy books before but this book has changed my mind about things.


  1. Brandyn liked this book. He liked the messages it gave and it made him like the genre of fantasy more. Brandyn noted that the author gave a lot of detail in her writing. He thought she had the right amounts of feeling and emotion in her writing. Brandyn picked a very descriptive passage that would make someone who has not read this book wonder about what is happening. I have already read this book and I enjoyed it.

  2. 1. The reviewers overall view of the book as full of feeling and description.
    2. The reviewer noticed that the writing style was full of emotion. She uses well thought adjectives to describe her characters and settings.
    3. The reviewer did pick an interesting passage. The passage describes ink flowing out of a diary quite vivdly.
    4. I would consider reading this book because Harry Potter is one of my favorite book series.

  3. His impression of the book was very descriptive and kept him interested.The reviewer says the author uses the right amount of emotion and feelings and uses well-descriptive details to describe the characters and setting.The passage has good description like the reviewer said. The reviewer gave me enough information to persuade me to read this book for its description the reviewer said it had.I have seen the movie, but reading the book review makes me want to read the book.

  4. You state that you used to dislike fantasy anecdotes, but this is the one that changed your mind by catching your interest.

    You notice that Rowling uses the right amount of emotion, feeling, detail, etc. I agree. She puts everything together to form a great story.

    The passage did support your theory on her detail use, but it is not significant to the book overall.

    I would consider this, because I like the series. I wouldn't in a way though, because these books are far too long.