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Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (original 1997; edition 2008)

by J.K. Rowling

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Member:stephmo
Title:Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
Authors:J.K. Rowling
Info:Scholastic Inc. (2008), Edition: 10th anniversary, Hardcover, 320 pages
Collections:Read but unowned
Rating:****
Tags:101 books by females, listsofbests, angus and robertson's top 100 books, wizardry, young adult, made into a movie, series, school, friendship, secrets, read, magic, ottawa's 100 favourite books, the strand 80, bbc's big read

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Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J. K. Rowling (1997)

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There is really no way to do this book justice. I felt years younger in spirit just from reading it. This is all.


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  bookqueenshelby | Sep 9, 2014 |
I loved it! Read it! ( )
  | Sep 6, 2014 | edit |
What can I say? Harry is great. Rowling does such an excellent job creating this alternate world, full of so much detail that the reader's imagination has no limits. This is akin to the Star Wars universe. So many opportunities to use this book with students.
  hugo.johnson | Aug 13, 2014 |
The book that led me through life, there will never be one so flawless again. ( )
  writercity | Aug 13, 2014 |
I'm ju-u-ust heading into my twenties, and I had never read a Harry Potter book before. I figured I was probably too old to enjoy them by now, but I decided to pick a used copy up for fifty cents at a library fundraiser.

Wow! I have not had such a quick, purely enjoyable read in a while. Everything about it oozes fun - Rowling is great at painting mental pictures, and her characters warmed my heart with their familiarity and depth.

Depth. In a kids' book. Who'd have thought?

I honestly didn't know what I had been missing, but I'm an avid fan and catching up quickly! ( )
  zhyatt | Aug 12, 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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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
J. K. Rowlingprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Astrologo, MarinaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Dale, JimNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Fries-Gedin, LenaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Fry, StephenNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
GrandPré, MaryIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kapari, JaanaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kibuishi, KazuCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Riglietti, SerenaIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Taylor, ThomasCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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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.
The change to 'Sorcerer' is in the US title.
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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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