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Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Book 1) (original 1997; edition 2000)

by J. K. Rowling

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Title:Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Book 1)
Authors:J. K. Rowling
Info:Scholastic Trade (2000), Leather Bound, 320 pages
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Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J. K. Rowling (1997)

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One of my all time favorite books. ( )
  mojo09226 | Nov 21, 2014 |
This is the fist of several books describing the wizard world. This book does a lot of background and basic ground work to set up the rest of the books in the series.
I like this book because it is a fun book and because it is so unlikely, it keeps the readers interested.
I would say this book is good for any kids from grades 4+ because of the reading level, and the semi-violent context.
  AmyGelle | Nov 21, 2014 |
A young boy who is forced to live with his aunt and uncle due to a family death, find out he is a wizard and is able to go to hogwarts, a school for wizards. This is about the events that take place and an evil wizard that is after him for the revenge of his parents. 6th
  Nicole129672 | Nov 19, 2014 |
There are many messages expressed throughout the Harry Potter books but one that can be seen in this book, and all the other books, is good versus evil. Harry Potter is dealt very similar cards as the book's villain and must make decisions weather to follow in his foot-steps or make a path on his own. In the end the main message is that good triumphs evil.
One reason I really liked this book was the way the author wrote out her dialect. The way she writes the dialogue really channels her characters and helps the reader fully picture them and their personalities. For example she writes Hagrid saying, "Yer great puddin' of a son don' need fattenin' anymore, Dursley, don' worry." The way she writes his dialogue helps build his character description to the readers and makes the story more enjoyable in the process.
Going along with that, another reason I liked this book was the way she brought the story to life by including other forms of text. For example, when Hagrid gives Harry Potter his acceptance letter to Hogwarts the book says that he opens and reads it. Instead of just leaving it at that, the author includes the "letter" in the text. The text is centered and titled reading, "Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry," and underneath includes the list for uniform, course books, and other equipment. By doing so the author really helps bring the story to life by including different forms of text within the novel. ( )
  JamieLewis | Nov 17, 2014 |
J.K. Rowling has done a wonderful job giving life to the world of Harry Potter. This is the first book out of seven and some of the main characters are introduced in this book. We meet Harry, an orphan boy who lives a miserable life with his aunt and uncle. He is treated very poorly and bullied by his cousin Dudley. When Harry turns 11 he gets a letter from Hogwarts, a school for wizards. The story takes an interesting path when Harry goes off to school and ends up with many challenges such as fighting evil. I love how J.K. Rowling develops the story. She describes the characters and the magic world in such an amazing way that it is very hard to put the book down once you start reading it. ( )
  cvarela | Nov 13, 2014 |
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On the whole, ''Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone'' is as funny, moving and impressive as the story behind its writing. J. K. Rowling, a teacher by training, was a 30-year-old single mother living on welfare in a cold one-bedroom flat in Edinburgh when she began writing it in longhand during her baby daughter's nap times. But like Harry Potter, she had wizardry inside, and has soared beyond her modest Muggle surroundings to achieve something quite special.
 
The light-hearted caper travels through the territory owned by the late Roald Dahl, especially in the treatment of the bad guys — they are uniformly as unshadedly awful as possible —but the tone is a great deal more affectionate. A charming and readable romp with a most sympathetic hero and filled with delightful magic details.
 
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for Jessica, who loves stories,
for Anne, who loved them too,
and for Di, who heard this one first.
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Mr. and Mrs. Dursley, of number four, Privet Drive, were proud to say that they were perfectly normal, thank you very much.
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The wand chooses the wizard, remember…I think we must expect great things from you, Mr. Potter…After all, He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named did great things - terrible, yes, but great.
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Initially published as Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone.
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Orphaned as a baby, Harry Potter has spent 11 awful years living with his mean aunt, uncle, and cousin Dudley. But everything changes for Harry when an owl delivers a mysterious letter inviting him to attend a school for wizards. At this special school, Harry finds friends, aerial sports, and magic in everything from classes to meals, as well as a great destiny that's been waiting for him...if Harry can survive the encounter. From an author who has been compared to C. S. Lewis and Roald Dahl, this enchanting, funny debut novel won England's National Book Award and the prestigious Smarties Prize. 

(Charles Duff Review below)

What else can you say about Harry Potter....phenomena...landmark...revolutionary...historic.  Whether its read to young children or children read it themselves.  Harry Potter is removed from the torment of his Aunt and Uncle and attends the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.  It's almost an automatic choice for independent reading.  English teachers could use this, since so many read it, to offer up blogging opportunities for sharing thoughts and opinions on the text.  Here is a link for teachers on some teaching resources for the Harry Potter series: http://www.nea.org/tools/lessons/teac...
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Harry's a wizard
studies magic at Hogwarts
fights possessed teacher
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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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