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Harry Potter And The Sorcerer's Stone Hardcover – October, 1998
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A mysterious letter, delivered by the friendly giant Hagrid, wrenches Harry from his dreary, Muggle-ridden existence: "We are pleased to inform you that you have been accepted at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry." Of course, Uncle Vernon yells most unpleasantly, "I AM NOT PAYING FOR SOME CRACKPOT OLD FOOL TO TEACH HIM MAGIC TRICKS!" Soon enough, however, Harry finds himself at Hogwarts with his owl Hedwig... and that's where the real adventure--humorous, haunting, and suspenseful--begins. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, first published in England as Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, continues to win major awards in England. So far it has won the National Book Award, the Smarties Prize, the Children's Book Award, and is short-listed for the Carnegie Medal, the U.K. version of the Newbery Medal. This magical, gripping, brilliant book--a future classic to be sure--will leave kids clamoring for Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets and Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. (Ages 8 to 13) --Karin Snelson
From Publishers Weekly
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.Read more ›
The book is engaging with its imagery, humor, plot twists and real-life child problems. The book doesn't only appeal to children but adults as well. She's a master on fantasy. She really can, with no difficulty at all, think herself back to 11 years old. You will love the whimsical descriptions, humorous quotes and the fun characters.
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Really enjoyed this book, can't wait to start the others. Would recommend this book to preteen and older age groupsPublished 11 hours ago by Shequila Francis
It's Harry Potter! What's not to love! Reading them the first time or the hundredth time, I always learn something I forgot.Published 12 hours ago by sunny
Good clean read for youngsters. Witty, current for the times, most kids will be able to relate to the feelings of Harry. Read morePublished 15 hours ago by E.J.Raef
Good read for any age! I missed out on this during my childhood and I finished during summer break before my senior year of college! I plan to finish the series!Published 20 hours ago
Honestly this is probably the best book for anyone to read at any age. It keeps you interested and wanting to read more after you're done. Read morePublished 22 hours ago by Amazon Customer
I had so much fun listening to Jim Dale's performance of this book! His knack for accents and his ability to change between them all nimbly with each character in a conversation... Read morePublished 23 hours ago by Abseroo
I have managed to avoid this series for so many years. It was not childish. It was not slow. The storyline kept me interested and I did not see Quirrell coming. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Dee King
For anyone who is willing to ignore the perception that Harry Potter is regarded as a "children's book" and has a love of fantasy and adventure, I would highly advise... Read morePublished 1 day ago by John F. Connors