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Harry Potter And The Sorcerer's Stone Hardcover – October, 1998

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Book 1 of 8 in the Harry Potter Series

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  • Age Range: 9 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 4 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 880L (What's this?)
  • Series: Harry Potter and The Sorcerer's Stone (Book 1)
  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic Press (October 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0590353403
  • ISBN-13: 978-0590353403
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 6 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13,711 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,309 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
An adult friend (age 49)loaned me three Harry Potter books for the summer. Wednesday evening I began the first book and I finished the third today, Saturday morning. I am writing this review before I order the fourth Potter book. Will my friend be surprised to get 4 books back! The author's imagination is vividly presented in a cast of almost believable characters attending a school we all wish we could attend. Classes like "Defense Against Dark Arts", "Divination", "Transfiguration", "Arithmancy" and "Care of Magical Creatures" are written as if the author actually attended them and certainly enjoyed every minute of class. More than can be said for most of the classes I have attended. Each book in the series encompasses one year of Harry's fascinating life. The Potter books are written in a way that can charm any age reader. I am 64.
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Format: Paperback
What a wonderful book! I read it after my 11-year old son suggested it as a change from my usual reading fare of history and biography. It turned out to be much more than just a springtime reading diversion...it became for me a "magical" reading experience in more ways than one. I was quickly captivated by Harry, Hagrid, Dumbledore, Hermoine, and yes, even the nasty Dursleys, Snape, and Draco Mafoy.

Hogwarts came to life for me. I found myself unable to put the book down because it was so exciting and much fun to read! It's easy to understand why my son (and so many kids just like him) love Harry Potter so much.

J.K. Rowling proves herself a gifted writer of children's books, not only because the plot is good and the characters come to life, but also because her writing fires the imagination and teaches positive values.

"Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" is a great book for kids of all ages...from 9 to 99. It's destined to be a classic of children's literature.
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With this introductory novel was published in 1997, few would have predicted the unprecedented success this series would produce. And everything that made Harry Potter so successful is all first shown, though hardly fully explained, in this book, HARRY POTTER AND THE PHILOSPHER'S STONE.

The novel opens with Harry living under the cupboard with his abusive aunt and uncle. He has had a mean, depressed life, and though an active boy, the sheer amount of trauma he must have endured would scar any child. But the door opens out of this lifestyle. I've read an interesting theory (obviously not true), that a much different writer than Rowling would have ended Book 7 with Harry having imagined all this fantasy world, where he was so prominent and famous, to help escape the neglect and abuse from the Dursleys.

He gets a letter (actually, hundreds) saying he is in fact a wizard. So he is enrolled the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Him, along with his new friend the giant Hagrid, go to Diagon Alley, a magical bazaar, and thus he is thrust into the magical universe so captured the imagination of millions. We soon learn Harry is world famous among wizards for conquering an evil Wizard named Vo - um - He Who Must Not Be Named. Sorry `bout that slip. =). Along the way, we learn that Voldemort is after a magical artifiact called the Philosopher's Stone (which was, unfortunately, changed from the UK original title to "Sorcerer's Stone" in all other regions). So much of the novel is driven by the three main characters defending this stone from Voldemort.
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The way that I work reviews of something that has been out for a very long time is that I basically give my opinion on it and if I like it or not. Because let's face it, when you have hundreds of other reviews you can easily get the information that you need from earlier reviews especially when it comes to something like a book that does not necessarily change unless the author decides to completely rewrite the book and that is not the case here.

The reason I purchased this book, West try and get myself interested in reading again. I lost my interest in reading after grad school because I was averaging 50 books a semester I do believe. I chose Harry Potter because I have seen all of the movies but I have not read one of the books. For me this is the beginning of getting back on track with reading, since I already know the movie and the plot behind it I am hoping that this will spark an interest for further reading for myself.

So with that being said, if you are an adult having a hard time getting your reading groove back, maybe step back and read a book that may not be something that is your normal. Maybe read a book that your teenager has to read for high school or maybe even re-read a book that you read in high school and see if that sparks the interest of wanting to read.

For now I have chose paperback, but eventually I want to get the whole set and hardcover because I do value actually having a book in my hands rather than reading a book on a screen.
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