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                                        Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's
                                        Stone
                                        (Book 1)
by J.K. Rowling
                                        Illustrator: Mary GrandPré
                                        Genre: Novel/Science Fiction
                                        Format: Hardcover
                                        Age Range: 9 to 12 years
                                        ISBN: 590353403
                                        Pages: 309
                                        Pub. Date: August 1998
                                        Publisher: Scholastic Inc.

Harry has lived with his mean Aunt and Uncle for eleven years. A wonderful adventure unfolds when Harry discovers he has special powers.

It's a great lesson for children.


                                        Harry Potter and the Chamber of
                                        Secrets
                                        (Book 2)
by J.K. Rowling
                                        Illustrator: Mary GrandPré
                                        Genre: Novel/Science Fiction
                                        Format: Hardcover
                                        Age Range: 9 to 13 years
                                        ISBN: 439064864
                                        Pages: 341
                                        Pub. Date: June 1, 1999
                                        Publisher: Scholastic Inc.

Harry, Ron, and Hermione are back in the second installment of the Harry Potter series. An excellent sophomore effort and as good as the Sorcerer's Stone. Rowling uses her vivid writing to illustrate characters as though you were attending classes at Hogwarts. Once you begin reading, you cannot put the book down. The Garamond Type adds a medieval effect.
 
 The Chamber of Secrets is a great read-aloud for the classroom, or at home.

                                        Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
                                        (Book 4)
by J.K. Rowling
                                        Illustrator: Mary GrandPré
                                        Genre: Novel/Fantasy
                                        Format: Hardcover
                                        Age Range: 9 to 12 years
                                        ISBN: 0439139597
                                        Pages: 734
                                        Pub. Date: July 2000
                                        Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.

Harry, Ron and Hermione return for their fourth year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. This is the darkest of the novels so far. Be forewarned that the Goblet of Fire may be scary for some nine and ten-year-olds. The vocabulary is closer to Fifth and Sixth grade level than the first three novels. An average reader should encounter little difficulty deciphering the meanings of the words.

Quidditch fans will enjoy the World Cup. Unfortunately, a major character meets their demise in the book. As usual, You-Know-Who is present in some form.
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