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

Novel: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

Author: J.K. Rowling

Publication Year: 1997

Target Audience: 9-12 year olds

Genre: Fantasy

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.

Series Order

  1. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
  2. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
  3. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
  4. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
  5. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
  6. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
  7. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows