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Last Updated: Monday July 18 2005 13:34 GMT

Worksheet: Potter book 6 gets rave reviews

A fan reading the Half-Blood Prince
The first reviews for the Half-Blood Prince have started to come out - and most people think it's magic!

Book reviewers have finished the novel already, with many of you lot not far behind! And while there is some criticism, many reviews are great.

Comments include "well crafted", "one of the best" a "real triumph" and the "darkest and most unsettling yet".

Of course, not everyone likes it. It's also been slammed for having too many sub-plots and focusing on past events.

JK Rowling
Almost all the criticism comes from adult reviewers but many children have branded it the best Potter instalment so far.

They say they love this book because it finally gives pieces of the jigsaw that fans have been waiting for.

Millions

The Half-Blood Prince flew off the shelves on Saturday, paving the way to make it one of the best-selling books of all time.

Although figures haven't been released yet, it was expected to sell 10 million copies worldwide on Saturday alone - with two million of those being in the UK.

WH Smith reported the book sold at a rate of 13 per second in its stores, and staff at a Waterstones store in Edinburgh said "every other book sold" on Saturday was the sixth Potter book.

Tears

Fans were very happy to get their hands on the book!
Many of you are already well into the book too. You've been e-mailing and texting us all day telling us your first thoughts.

Some of you have already been in tears, and one reader told us his parents had to take the book away from him as he was reading it in the middle of the night and was too tired!

Lucky

JK Rowling led the launch event by giving a reading from the book at Edinburgh Castle. She also met 70 lucky young Potter fans who quizzed her at a youth press conference on Sunday morning.

And one very lucky boy, Owen Jones, 14, from Cardiff, won the only big interview with the Potter author after beating thousands of other children in a competition.

JK Rowling introduced Harry to the world in 1997 and since then the books have sold 270 million copies in 62 languages.

Questions:

1. Reviewers have called the book "well crafted", "one of the best" a "real triumph" and the "darkest and most unsettling yet." What do you think each of these mean?

2. Some reviewers say there are too many sub-plots. What is a sub-plot?

3. Many children have branded the Half-Blood Prince the best Potter instalment so far. Do you agree? Why/why not?