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Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Harry Potter #1)

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Harry Potter has never been the star of a Quidditch team, scoring points while riding a broom far above the ground. He knows no spells, has never helped to hatch a dragon, and has never worn a cloak of invisibility.

All he knows is a miserable life with the Dursleys, his horrible aunt and uncle, and their abominable son, Dudley — a great big swollen spoiled bully. Harry's room is a closet at the foot of the stairs, and he hasn't had a birthday party in eleven years.

But all that is about to change when a mysterious letter arrives by owl messenger: a letter with an invitation to an incredible place that Harry — and anyone who reads about him — will find unforgettable.

For it's there that he finds not only friends, aerial sports, and magic in everything from classes to meals, but a great destiny that's been waiting for him...if Harry can survive the encounter.

Review:

"[T]he rapturous reception of the Harry Potter books is heartening, because J.K. Rowling is a literary artist, and these three books possess more imaginative life than the majority of novels that are published in this country in any given year. They are full of marvelous invention and humor and fun, but they have more than that." Lee Siegel, The New Republic (read the entire New Republic review here)

Review:

"A wonderful first novel....Harry is destined for greatness....Much like Roald Dahl, J.K. Rowling has a gift for keeping the emotions, fears, and triumphs of her characters on a human scale, even while the supernatural is popping out all over." Michael Winerip, The New York Times Book Review

Review:

"Readers are in for a delightful romp with this debut from a British author who dances in the footsteps of P.L. Travers and Roald Dahl." Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Review:

"Obviously, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone should make any modern 11-year-old a very happy reader. The novel moves quickly, packs in everything from a boa constrictor that winks to a melancholy Zen-spouting centaur to an owl postal system, and ends with a scary surprise." Michael Dirda, The Washington Post Book World

Review:

"This hugely enjoyable fantasy is filled with imaginative details, from oddly flavored jelly beans to dragons' eggs hatched on the hearth. It's slanted toward action-oriented readers, who will find that Briticisms meld with all the other wonders of magic school." Kirkus Reviews

Review:

"A charming, imaginative, magical confection of a novel." The Boston Globe

Review:

"Rowling's wonderful ability to put a fantastic spin on sports, student rivalry, and eccentric faculty contributes to the humor, charm, and, well, delight of her utterly captivating story." Booklist, starred review

Review:

"Harry himself is the perfect confused and unassuming hero, whom trouble follows like a wizard's familiar. After reading this entrancing fantasy, readers will be convinced that they, too, could take the train to Hogwarts School, if only they could find Platform Nine and Three Quarters at the King's Cross Station." School Library Journal, starred review

Synopsis:

Rescued from the outrageous neglect of his aunt and uncle, a young boy with a great destiny proves his worth while attending Hogwarts School for Wizards and Witches.

About the Author

J.K. Rowling was a struggling single mother when she wrote the beginnings of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone on scraps of paper at a local cafe. But her efforts were soon rewarded with an award from the Scottish Arts Council enabling her to finish the novel. She has since won numerous awards including the ABBY Award (American Booksellers Award) in 1999.

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Gold Gato, May 24, 2014 (view all comments by Gold Gato)
Perhaps it's because the book is not altogether too big, and the characters involved me, but I certainly enjoyed the read. The premise was fun, the introduction to Hogwarts was fun, the Sorting Hat was fun...easy to like whether adult or child. Good stuff.

Book Season = Autumn (start of school)
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HarryPotterFan, November 13, 2013 (view all comments by HarryPotterFan)
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling is the first uplifting and venturous novel in the Harry Potter series; taking place at Hogwarts school of Witchcraft and Wizardry. In this fantasy, Harry Potter and his new friends journey through Hogwarts, explore the wizarding world from his perspective, meeting plenty of foes, and making trouble all over. Rowling creates a wondrous world every reader will wish to be a part of, and creates very descriptively, the characters that you will fall in love with. This book contains everything a suspense lover is looking for; it’s a favorite because of all the adventure and magic contained within. You will be glued onto page after page, until the very end.
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Andi Delgado, July 16, 2013 (view all comments by Andi Delgado)
This book and the rest of this series started my reading craze when I was just a little girl. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone is amazing as the start of a series that will live in the minds of the people that have read them as long as they live, just like me.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780590353427
Author:
Rowling, J. K.
Publisher:
Arthur A. Levine Books
Illustrator:
Grandpre, Mary
Author:
Rowling, J.K.
Author:
Grandpre, Mary
Location:
New York :
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Science Fiction, Fantasy, & Magic
Subject:
Humorous Stories
Subject:
Children's 9-12 - Fiction - Fantasy
Subject:
Schools
Subject:
School & Education
Subject:
England
Subject:
Magic
Subject:
Wizards
Subject:
Witches
Subject:
England Fiction.
Subject:
Potter, Harry
Subject:
Fantasy & Magic
Subject:
Children s-Science Fiction and Fantasy
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st American ed.
Edition Description:
Mass Market Paperbound
Series:
Harry Potter (Paperback)
Series Volume:
01
Publication Date:
September 1999
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
Elementary and junior high
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
7.63 x 5.25 in
Age Level:
08-12

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Product details 320 pages Arthur A. Levine Books - English 9780590353427 Reviews:
"Review" by , "[T]he rapturous reception of the Harry Potter books is heartening, because J.K. Rowling is a literary artist, and these three books possess more imaginative life than the majority of novels that are published in this country in any given year. They are full of marvelous invention and humor and fun, but they have more than that." (read the entire New Republic review here)
"Review" by , "A wonderful first novel....Harry is destined for greatness....Much like Roald Dahl, J.K. Rowling has a gift for keeping the emotions, fears, and triumphs of her characters on a human scale, even while the supernatural is popping out all over."
"Review" by , "Readers are in for a delightful romp with this debut from a British author who dances in the footsteps of P.L. Travers and Roald Dahl."
"Review" by , "Obviously, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone should make any modern 11-year-old a very happy reader. The novel moves quickly, packs in everything from a boa constrictor that winks to a melancholy Zen-spouting centaur to an owl postal system, and ends with a scary surprise."
"Review" by , "This hugely enjoyable fantasy is filled with imaginative details, from oddly flavored jelly beans to dragons' eggs hatched on the hearth. It's slanted toward action-oriented readers, who will find that Briticisms meld with all the other wonders of magic school."
"Review" by , "A charming, imaginative, magical confection of a novel."
"Review" by , "Rowling's wonderful ability to put a fantastic spin on sports, student rivalry, and eccentric faculty contributes to the humor, charm, and, well, delight of her utterly captivating story."
"Review" by , "Harry himself is the perfect confused and unassuming hero, whom trouble follows like a wizard's familiar. After reading this entrancing fantasy, readers will be convinced that they, too, could take the train to Hogwarts School, if only they could find Platform Nine and Three Quarters at the King's Cross Station."
"Synopsis" by , Rescued from the outrageous neglect of his aunt and uncle, a young boy with a great destiny proves his worth while attending Hogwarts School for Wizards and Witches.
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