Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling

Title: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
Author: J.K. Rowling
Illustrator: Mary GrandPre
Publisher / Date: Scholastic / 1999 (Reprint)
Genre: Young Adult Novel, Science Fiction
Themes: Science Fiction, Adventure, Mystery, Magic
Summary: Eleven year old Harry has never had a birthday party. While living with his strict and rather odd aunt and uncle, an invitation arrives via an owl for Harry to attend a school for wizards. Harry's discovery of his own magical powers leads him on an adventurous journey complete with mystery, new friends, new enemies, challenges and more magic.
Curriculum Connections: Language Arts: Leisure Reading; Science Fiction Genre
Notes: The Harry Potter series has been challenged by parents in some schools because of the element of magic, wizardry and sorcery. They have also been credited for renewing an interest in reading for many students. Rowling's art of drawing elementary age to adult readers into the fantasy world of Hogwarts is magical in itself.
Book Talk Guide about the book from Scholastic (free)
Harry Potter Discussion Guide from Scholastic (free)

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