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Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

Written by J.K. Rowling

Illustrated by Mary GrandPré

Harry Potter has never been the star of a Quidditch team, scoring points while riding a broom far above the ground. He knows no spells, has never helped to hatch a dragon, and has never worn a cloak of invisibility.

All he knows is a miserable life with the Dursleys, his horrible aunt and uncle, and their abominable son, Dudley - a great big swollen spoiled bully. Harry’s room is a tiny closet at the foot of the stairs, and he hasn’t had a birthday party in eleven years.

But all that is about to change when a mysterious letter arrives by owl messenger: a letter with an invitation to an incredible place that Harry - and anyone who reads about him - will find unforgettable.

For it’s there that he finds not only friends, aerial sports, and magic in everything from classes to meals, but a great destiny that’s been waiting for him…if Harry can survive the encounter.

Reviews and Awards

ALA/YALSA Best Books for Young Adults, 1999
ALA/YALSA Best of the Best 100 (Selected from BBYA 1966-99)
ALA/YALSA Top Ten Books for Teens, 1999 (Ranked #1)
ALA Notable Children's Books, 1999
Book Links Lasting Connections, 1998
Booklist Editors' Choices, 1998
Booklist: Top Ten Fantasy Novels for Youth
CCBC Choices, 1998: Fiction for Children
Publishers Weekly Best Books 1998
School Library Journal: Best Books 1998
School Library Journal: One Hundred Books that Shaped the Century
Parenting magazine: Book of the Year, 1998
Parenting magazine: Reading Magic Books, 1998
Voice of Youth Advocates: Best Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror, 1998
Anne Spencer Lindbergh Prize for Children's Literature
American Booksellers Association Book of the Year (ABBY)
CBC Not Just for Children Anymore! List
International Reading Association: Children’s Choices, 1999
International Reading Association: Teacher’s Choices, 1999
National Council of Teachers of English: Notable Children's Books in the Language Arts, 1999
New York Public Library 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing
Wisconsin Educational Media Association Golden Archer Award (Middle/Junior High), 2000
Sasquatch Reading Award (Washington), 2000
Great Stone Face Children’s Book Award (New Hampshire), 2000
Arizona Young Reader’s Award, 2000
Wyoming Indian Paintbrush Book Award, 2000
Nene Award (Hawaii), 2000
Rebecca Caudill Young Reader’s Award (Illinois), 2001
Michigan Reading Association Readers’ Choice Award, 2001
Colorado Blue Spruce Young Adult Book Award, 2001
Nominated for the Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Children’s Literature, 1999
Nominated for Children’s Book Award (Massachusetts), 2000
Nominated for Children’s Book Award (Utah), 2000
Nominated for New York State Charlotte Award, 2000
Nominated for Young Reader’s Choice Award (Pacific Northwest Library Association), 2001
Nestlé Smarties Book Prize, Gold Medal 9-11 years, 1997
FCBG Children’s Book Award, Overall and Longer Novel Category Winner, 1997
Birmingham Cable Children’s Book Award, 1997
Young Telegraph Paperback of the Year, 1998
British Book Awards Children’s Book of the Year (NIBBY), 1997
Sheffield Children’s Book Award, 1998
Whitaker's Platinum Book Award, 2001
Commended for the 1997 Carnegie Award
Shortlisted for the 1997 Guardian Children's Award
W. H. Smith Book of the Year Award, 1997
New York State Children’s Choice Award Nominee
New York Public Library’s 100 Best Children’s Books from the Last 100 Years

“A wonderful first novel. Much like Roald Dahl, J.K. Rowling has a gift for keeping the emotions, fears, and triumphs of her characters on a human scale, even while the supernatural is popping out all over. The book is full of wonderful, sly humor [and] the characters are impressively three-dimensional (occasionally, four-dimensional!) and move along seamlessly through the narrative. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone is as funny, moving and impressive as the story behind its writing. Like Harry Potter, [J.K. Rowling] has wizardry inside, and has soared beyond her modest Muggle surroundings to achieve something quite special.” - The New York Times Book Review

“A charming, imaginative, magical confection of a novel...a glorious debut, a book of wonderful comic pleasures and dizzying imaginative flights. There is no cause to doubt Rowling's abilities and promise, and every reason to expect great things, truly great things, from her in the future.” - The Boston Sunday Globe

“You don't have to be a wizard or a kid to appreciate the spell cast by Harry Potter.” - USA Today

“The story delights and the writing gives you goosebumps, the good kind.” - Chicago Tribune

⋆ “Readers are in for a delightful romp with this award-winning debut from a British author who dances in the footsteps of P. L. Travers and Roald Dahl. Rowling leaves the door wide open for a sequel; bedazzled readers will surely clamor for one.” - Publishers Weekly, starred review

⋆ “The delight of this book lies in the juxtaposition of the world of Muggles (ordinary humans) with the world of magic. A whole host of unique characters inhabits this world, from the absentminded Head Wizard Dumbledore to the sly and supercilious student Draco Malfoy to the loyal but not too bright Hagrid. Harry himself is the perfect confused and unassuming hero, whom trouble follows like a wizard's familiar. After reading this entrancing fantasy, readers will be convinced that they, too, could take the train to Hogwarts School, if only they could find Platform Nine and Three Quarters at the King's Cross Station.” - School Library Journal, starred review 

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Fall 1998
ISBN: 0-590-35340-3
Price: $19.95
Trim Size: 6 3/16" x 9 1/4"
Page Count: 320
Foreign Rights: Christopher Little Literary Agency
Translation Rights: Christopher Little Literary Agency
Rights Available? yes

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