Back of the Book:
Harry Potter has never played a sport while flying on a broomstick. He’s never worn a cloak of invisibility, befriended a giant, or helped hatch a dragon. All Harry knows is a miserable life with the Dursley’s, his horrible aunt and uncle, and their abominable son, Dudley. Harry’s room is a tiny closet at the foot of the stairs, and he hasn’t and 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 a wonderful place he never dreamed existed. There he finds not only friends, aerial sports, and magic around every corner, but a great destiny that’s been waiting for him… if Harry can survive the encounter.
Say you’ve spent the first 10 years of your life sleeping under the stairs of a family who loathes you. Then, in an absurd, magical twist of fate you find yourself surrounded by wizards, a caged snowy owl, a phoenix-feather wand, and jellybeans that come in every flavor, including strawberry, curry, grass, and sardine. Not only that, but you discover that you are a wizard yourself! This is exactly what happens to young Harry Potter in J.K. Rowling’s enchanting, funny debut novel, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. In the nonmagic human world–the world of “Muggles”–Harry is a nobody, treated like dirt by the aunt and uncle who begrudgingly inherited him when his parents were killed by the evil Voldemort. But in the world of wizards, small, skinny Harry is famous as a survivor of the wizard who tried to kill him. He is left only with a lightning-bolt scar on his forehead, curiously refined sensibilities, and a host of mysterious powers to remind him that he’s quite, yes, altogether different from his aunt, uncle, and spoiled, piglike cousin Dudley.
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)
Format Read: real book
What can I say, it’s Harry Potter? The book is written in an easy to understand manner and since Harry is new to the wizarding world, we learn all the funny words along with him. There’s no time wasting explanations or definitions because it typically happens in the dialogue.
I first read this book a few months before the fourth book came out (I don’t know the year off the top of my head) when my grandmother recommended them to me. I hadn’t heard about them, but she owned the first three and handed them all to me one day and told me they were really good. Once I started reading, I was hooked. (By the way, thank you, Momo, for letting me borrow your copies of this series until the last one came out and I finally bought my own!)
“Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” is one of those books that I can read over and over again and still not be bored. I always find something that I missed in a previous reading or had forgotten. That being said, if for some reason you are one of those few people who have stubbornly not read this books, then you don’t deserve to know the awesomeness of Harry Potter!!
Haha. Just kidding. Go to the library and get reading. You won’t be sorry!
The very worst thing about this book is that it does get off to a moderately slow start, but only when compared to the rest of the book. It’s certainly not something that should stop anyone from reading it!
The very best thing about this book is Dumbledore!