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Harry Potter and the sorcerer's stone
1999
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Awards
1999 - American Booksellers Children's Book of the Year (ABBY) Award winner
1997 - British Book Award for Children's Book of the Year winner
1997 - Nestle Smarties Book Prize Gold Award Winner for 9-11 Year Olds
1998 - Carnegie Medal for Children's Literature nominee (commended)
1999 - Locus Poll Award for Best Fantasy Novel (20th place)
1999 - Locus Poll Award for Best First Novel (4th place)
1999 - Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Children's Literature nominee
1997-1998 - Anne Spencer Lindbergh Prize for the Best Children's Fantasy Novel winner
Characters
Harry Potter (Boy), Student, Orphan, Has magical powers; attending a wizard school; training to be a wizard
Voldemort (Male), Evil, Sorcerer, Dark Lord
Ron Weasley (Boy), Student, Attending a wizard school; training to be a wizard
Hermione Granger (Girl), Student, Attending a wizard school; training to be a wizard
Uncle Vernon Dursley (Male), Guardian,
Aunt Petunia Dursley (Female), Guardian,
Genre
Fantasy
Mystery
Adventure
Fiction
Juvenile
Cinematization
Topics
Wizards
Magical powers
Orphans
Sorcery
Good vs. evil
Destiny
School
Students
Setting
England - Europe
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  Publishers Weekly Review

Readers are in for a delightful romp with this award-winning debut from a British author who dances in the footsteps of P.L. Travers and Roald Dahl. As the story opens, mysterious goings-on ruffle the self-satisfied suburban world of the Dursleys, culminating in a trio of strangers depositing the Dursleys' infant nephew Harry in a basket on their doorstep. After 11 years of disregard and neglect at the hands of his aunt, uncle and their swinish son Dudley, Harry suddenly receives a visit from a giant named Hagrid, who informs Harry that his mother and father were a witch and a wizard, and that he is to attend Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry himself. Most surprising of all, Harry is a legend in the witch world for having survived an attack by the evil sorcerer Voldemort, who killed his parents and left Harry with a lightning-shaped scar on his forehead. And so the fun begins, with Harry going off to boarding school like a typical English kid‘only his supplies include a message-carrying owl and a magic wand. There is enchantment, suspense and danger galore (as well as enough creepy creatures to satisfy the most bogeymen-loving readers, and even a magical game of soccerlike Quidditch to entertain sports fans) as Harry and his friends Ron and Hermione plumb the secrets of the forbidden third floor at Hogwarts to battle evil and unravel the mystery behind Harry's scar. Rowling leaves the door wide open for a sequel; bedazzled readers will surely clamor for one. Ages 8-12. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
Summary
Read by Jim Dale 8 hours 17 minutes, 7 CDs Harry Potter has no idea how famous he is. That's because he's being raised by his miserable muggle aunt and uncle who are terrified Harry will learn that he's a wizard, just as his parents were. But everything changes when Harry is summoned to attend an infamous school for wizards and he begins to discover some clues about his illustrious birthright. From the surprising way he is greeted by a lovable giant, to the unique curriculum and colorful faculty at his unusual school, Harry finds himself drawn deep inside a mystical world he never knew existed and closer to his own noble destiny.
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