Waiting begins for next Harry Potter book and events

Published 4:37 am Thursday, June 9, 2005

By Staff
Keeping a child reading throughout the summer can be a challenge, but parents will get a helping hand this year with the release of J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince on Saturday, July 16.
Scholastic Inc., the children's publishing and media company, has announced that Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince will have a U.S. record-breaking first printing of 10.8 million copies.
The library will again be partnering with Majerek's Readers World to celebrate the release with an evening of activities leading up to the highly anticipated midnight release.
The library is ready to help parents hoping to keep their child's reading skills sharp for the next six weeks.
There are many other books and series that young muggles can enjoy until the new book comes out. These are just a few.
The Book of Three by Lloyd Alexander
This is the first in the The Chronicles of Prydain series. Since it was first published in 1964, young readers have been enthralled by the adventures of Taran the Assistant Pig-keeper and his quest to become a hero. Taran is joined by an engaging cast of characters that includes Eilonwy, the strong-willed and sharp-tongued princess; Fflewddur Fflam, the hyperbole-prone bard; the ever-faithful Gurgi; and the curmudgeonly Doli - all of whom become involved in an epic struggle between good and evil that shapes the fate of the legendary land of Prydain.
The Secret of Platform 13 by Eva Ibbotson
A forgotten door on an abandoned railway platform is the entrance to a magical kingdom - an island where humans live happily with mermaids, ogres, and other wonderful creatures.
Carefully hidden from the world, the Island is only accessible when the door opens for nine days every nine years. When the beastly Mrs. Trottle kidnaps the Island's young prince, it's up to a strange band of rescuers to save him.
But can the rescuers - an ogre, a hag, a wizard, and a fey - sneak around London unnoticed?
The Lives of Christopher Chant by Diana Wynne Jones
His father and uncles are enchanters, his mother a powerful sorceress, yet nothing seems magical about Christopher Chant except his dreams.
Night after night, he climbs through the formless Place Between and visits marvelous lands he calls the Almost Anywheres. Then Christopher discovers that he can bring real, solid things back from his dreams.
Others begin to recognize the extent of his powers, and they issue an order that turns Christopher's life upside down: Go to Chrestomanci Castle to train to be the controller of all the world's magic.