Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Prebound)
The war against Voldemort is not going well; even Muggle governments are noticing. Ron scans the obituary pages of the Daily Prophet, looking for familiar names. Dumbledore is absent from Hogwarts for long stretches of time, and the Order of the Phoenix has already suffered losses.
As in all wars, life goes on. Sixth-year students learn to Apparate -- and lose a few eyebrows in the process. The Weasley twins expand their business. Teenagers flirt and fight and fall in love. Classes are never straightforward, though Harry receives some extraordinary help from the mysterious Half-Blood Prince.
So it's the home front that takes center stage in the multilayered sixth installment of the story of Harry Potter. Here at Hogwarts, Harry will search for the full and complex story of the boy who became Lord Voldemort -- and thereby find what may be his only vulnerability.
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. Ms. GrandPre lives in Sarasota, Florida, with her family.