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Meet J. K. Rowling (About the Author) Library Binding – February 1, 2004
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The book includes the basic information about Rowling's life and literary career: her childhood, education, literary influences, etc. Ward also briefly discusses Rowling's marriage and divorce, as well as the "birth" of Harry. The book is illustrated with photos of Rowling and of the places in her life. There are also photos of cover art from the Potter books. A number of quotes from the Potter books appear as sidebars. Along the way is some interesting information, such as the fact that, at the time this biography was written, the Harry Potter books had been translated into 28 languages.
The book presents the basic information about Rowling, but I didn't see anything particularly new or insightful. And I imagine that many of Rowling's fans already know most or all of the facts in the book (I did). Also, the internal layout of the book is a bit too cluttered for my taste. Overall, a competent but unexceptional biography for younger readers.
There are better books out there.