Novel: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
Author: J.K. Rowling
Publication Year: 1997
Target Audience: 9-12 year olds
Setting: London, then Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry; contemporary
A Favorite Quote: “There are some things you can’t share without ending up liking each other, and knocking out a twelve-foot mountain troll is one of them.”
My One Sentence Summary: On his eleventh birthday, Harry discovers he’s a wizard and he soon finds himself attending Hogwarts, playing Quidditch, making unforgettable friends, and facing off against the most evil wizard of all-time.
What I loved about this book: It’s Harry Potter. What’s not to love? There’s humor, adventure, and excitement on every page—whether it’s learning a new spell in Charms class or fighting evil.
Major themes: Social equality; the value of friendship; battle between good and evil
Who should read this book: Wildly popular across all ages, but this is an especially great book for reluctant readers and a must-read for anyone who enjoys fantasy.
- Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
- Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
- Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
- Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
- Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
- Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows