Tasty Rice Pudding

Written by Kenia Morales

Tasty Rice Pudding By Kenia Morales 1 cup - uncooked rice 1 teaspoon - vanilla a pinch of salt ( if desire) 3 sticks - cinnamon 1/3 cup - sugar 2 1/2 cups water 12 0z. - evaporated milk

Bring water to boil for at least 7 minutes with

Harry Potter and the Gargantuan Page Turner

Written by Paula Bardell

Three frustratingly long years afterrepparttar publication of Harry Potter andrepparttar 125527 Goblet of Fire, J.K. Rowling’s legions of fans were rewarded for their patience withrepparttar 125528 release of Harry Potter andrepparttar 125529 Order ofrepparttar 125530 Phoenix – launched simultaneously in Britain,repparttar 125531 USA, Canada, Australia and in other English-speaking countries at one minute past midnight on 21st June 2003.

This fifth book in Rowling’s incredibly successful wizarding series is a challenging 766 pages long, containing over 255,000 words and weighing in at 2.8lb (1.3kg). In Britain alone, it sold 1.8 million copies inrepparttar 125532 immediate hours following its release - a Nielsen Book Scan estimate revealed that one person in every 28 possessed The Order ofrepparttar 125533 Phoenix. Inrepparttar 125534 US, five million copies were sold duringrepparttar 125535 same period. There can be little doubt that Harry Potter is a global literary phenomenon.

Trivia aside, Potter is no longerrepparttar 125536 awkward 11-year-old boy wizard that readers were introduced to inrepparttar 125537 first book. Phoenix seesrepparttar 125538 tangle-haired Harry in his fifth year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. He is now an angry adolescent, a survivor of various hair-raising escapades who often finds it difficult to control his emotions. He frequently finds himself "consumed with anger and frustration, grinding his teeth and clenching his fists", and occasionally takes his "growling resentment" out on his best friends Ron and Hermione.

Phoenix is an enormously harrowing adventure for Harry and definitely not ideal bedtime reading material forrepparttar 125539 squeamish or fainthearted. He is attacked by dementors, threatened with expulsion from Hogwart's, banned from playing Quidditch, discredited among much ofrepparttar 125540 magical population, haunted by dreams, visions and stories of his dead parents, accused of being a liar byrepparttar 125541 atrocious Dolores Umbridge, forced to endurerepparttar 125542 loss of a dear friend – and all this before his destiny is finally revealed to him by Dumbledore, who sits Potter down in his office and tells him “everything”.

The book is considerably darker thanrepparttar 125543 first four novels as Voldemort begins to spread his evil influence, opposed at each stage byrepparttar 125544 Order ofrepparttar 125545 Phoenix, a protective circle of benevolent witches and wizards.

Once again, serious issues such as slavery and racism are touched upon in subplots such as Hermione Granger’s quest to liberaterepparttar 125546 long-suffering House Elves and in Malfoy’s fascistic hatred of “mud bloods” and "filthy half-breeds”. Rowling’s books reflect rather than condone prejudice and Harry continues to take people at face value. Indeed, in their steadfast determination to shieldrepparttar 125547 weak againstrepparttar 125548 evil forces of Voldermort, characters like Professor Dumbledore quite clearly advocate open-mindedness and empiricism at great personal cost to themselves.

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