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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 860L (What's this?)
  • Paperback: 105 pages
  • Publisher: Grosset & Dunlap; 1 edition (August 2, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0448458721
  • ISBN-13: 978-0448458724
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.2 x 7.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (75 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,899 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Pamela Pollock and Meg Belviso are authors of several books for children and reside in New York, New York.

Stephen Marchesi has illustrated several titles in the Who Was? series and lives in Croton-on-Hudson, New York.

Nancy Harrison lives in Allentown, Pennsylvania.

Customer Reviews

Easily 5 stars, but if only I could rate this book 10 stars!!!
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It was well written and informative, and we also learned about Pottermore.com from the book.
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For all of the fans of Harry Potter, JK Rowling was the one who wrote all of the books.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Beth in Iowa on August 12, 2012
Format: Paperback
This is a thoughtful and up-to-date biography of J.K. Rowling, one that will be easily read by grade school children, yet contains enough information to be interesting to adults as well. My 9-yr-old daughter liked it and read it quickly, and I too enjoyed it.

The book covers Rowling's childhood, school days and early adult decisions, pointing out events and circumstances that influenced the development of the Harry Potter stories. It moves on to the process of writing the stories and their publication, followed by the effects that Pottermania had on her life and that of her daughter. Also, it depicts how her new-found wealth has changed her life -- her mansion residences, her charitable work and donations -- and tells of her second marriage and additional two children.

The book has a number of informative inserts about related subjects, including Jane Austin, the origin of HP character names, Amnesty International, challenged/banned books, traditional herbs, and internet fan sites. It is liberally illustrated with line drawings that contribute a great deal to the story (although, if I had one quibble, it would be with the book's map of England, which does not include most of the locations mentioned in the book). I recommend this book for children and adults who wish to know more about the woman who is probably the most famous author (and certainly the most well-known among children) alive today.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Girlfriend Recommends on February 3, 2013
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My ten year-old daughter needed to do a school project on a biography so we perused many available options before settling on J. K. Rowling. We both thoroughly enjoyed this interesting read about the woman who created Harry Potter and the magical world he inhabits. I have always been a huge fan of the Harry Potter books and their enduring themes of friendship, loyalty, courage, doing what is right, and the power of love. Now, I am an equally big fan of the woman who lives those ideals. It was great to learn about what her inspirations have been and how she has used her fortune to help others.

Does J. K. Rowling deserve to be included amongst this series which also includes Barrack Obama, Neil Armstrong, and Babe Ruth? Absolutely! She is an excellent role model for children to read about.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Stella Carrier on September 23, 2012
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"Who Is J.K. Rowling" is an entertaining and quick read at just 105 pages. The following is a micro-sampler of what is contained in this book:
Chapter 2: A Flying Car (commences on page 21): Key details from Rowling's childhood are discussed, along with some of her favorite books.
Chapter 5: The Slush Pile (begins on page 46): This chapter includes facts on J.K. Rowling's journey towards submitting her writings to a receptive agent.
Chapter 8: Truly Magical (starts on page 85): Important information is shared on how much Rowling's family life changed as her fame started to sky-rocket even further. I thought that it was great to include some information about the houses and security detail.
"Who Is J.K. Rowling" by Pam Pollack and Meg Belviso (illustration by Stephen Marchesi) is a book best for those who enjoy the Harry Potter films and/or books. It is also a great book for those who like biographies about self-made people.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on May 14, 2013
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I wont say it is a bad book, but it was not what I was expecting. I read it in one hour, and it has a lot of drawings. Even it says like the special moments in the life of Rowling, it is not deep enough as I would like. It is made from a research of published interviews, but I would like to read more about the personal expirience, not only how other see it. So this is good if you don't know anything about the author, but if you are looking for something closer to an introspective, this is not the right book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By latebloomerToo on April 19, 2014
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This book was purchased for a 6th grader's assignment. She was seeking information about this author. Disappointed, she used the book but it lacked enough content. For example, the author provides basic facts about J.K. Rowling but does not elaborate with interesting follow-up information. The book could very well have been written in bullet-point style. The 6th grader gleaned little information from this book; rather, she needed to turn more to the internet to fill in gaps that could have been provided by this author.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Fave13 on August 27, 2014
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Good high-level overview of JKR for 3rd graders and above. I read this aloud to my 9-yr old and found it an easy, quick read, all in 90 minutes :)! She followed along the whole time as I read to her, and the story was appropriately depicted and written for children, with interesting facts about JKR. Would recommend for kids looking to learn about this creative author --
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Grace Cole on December 4, 2012
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Who Is J.K. Rowling is a great book filled with fun facts. I highly recommend this book to anyone who has heard of Harry Potter or J.K. Rowling. I hadn't ever read the books or watched the movies but this book definitely encouraged me to read some of the books!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By KAYCE on March 12, 2014
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I read this book after my son, because I was impressed with the extra information that was presented in which he was telling me. It kept him interested all the way through. We will download more Who Is...
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