IntroductionHere you'll find basic information about each of the 7 books in the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling, as well as links to numerous related resources.
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s StoneTitle: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (published in the UK as Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone)
Also sometimes referred to as: Harry Potter Book 1, Harry Potter 1, Harry Potter Book One and Year One at Hogwarts
Author: J.K. Rowling
Cover Art: Mary GrandPre
Age Level: Middle grade readers through adults
Length: 309 pages
Story: In Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, readers meet orphan Harry Potter just before his 11th birthday. An orphan, Harry is living an unhappy life with the Dursleys (his awful aunt and uncle and their mean son, Dudley) when his life is totally changed by a message delivered by an owl. Unlike the Dursleys who are Muggles (non-magical), Harry learns that he is a wizard, that the jagged scar on his forehead was caused, not by the car accident he'd been told killed his parents, but by Lord Voldemort, the enemy wizard who murdered his parents and that he's been invited to attend Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Despite the Dursleys best efforts, Harry goes off to boarding school. At Hogwarts, he discovers mysteries, magic, enemies and friends, as well as the game of Quidditch, a team sport played on flying broomsticks. The book is filled with adventure and humor, with just a touch of the serious issues that make the series darker with each book. For more about the plot, see the Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone book review from (About.com: Contemporary Literature).
Kids who particularly enjoy Book One and want to know more about life at Hogwarts will enjoy reading the two Harry Potter Schoolbooks: Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them and Quidditch Through the Ages. They may also enjoy the Harry Potter Book 1 Trivia Quiz. For information about the movie version on DVDs, see Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone DVDs.
Awards and Recognition: ALA/YALSA Best Books for Young Adults, ALA/YALSA Top Ten Books for Teens, ALA Notable Children's Books Booklist Editors' Choices, Booklist: Top Ten Fantasy Novels for Youth, CCBC Choices, 1998: Fiction for Children, School Library Journal: One Hundred Books that Shaped the Century, Anne Spencer Lindbergh Prize for Children's Literature, American Booksellers Association Book of the Year, National Council of Teachers of English: Notable Children's Books in the Language Arts, British Book Awards Children’s Book of the Year (NIBBY), Sheffield Children’s Book Award winner, W. H. Smith Book of the Year Award winner
Publication Date: First American edition, 1998
Publisher: Arthur A. Levine Books, An Imprint of Scholastic Inc.
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