Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
Author: J. K. Rowling
Illustrator: Mary GrandPré
Series: Harry Potter (Book #1)
Grade Level Equivalent:
Guided Reading Level:
School Life, Ghosts, Monsters, Vampires, Witches, Magic and Supernatural, Determination and Perseverance, Friends and Friendship, Extended Families, Challenges and Overcoming Obstacles, Cleverness, Action and Adventure Heroes, Humility
Harry Potter has never been the star of a Quidditch team, scoring points while riding a broom far above the ground. He knows no spells, has never helped to hatch a dragon, and has never worn a cloak of invisibility.
All he knows is a miserable life with the Dursleys, his horrible aunt and uncle, and their abominable son, Dudley, a great big swollen spoiled bully. Harry's room is a closet at the foot of the stairs, and he hasn't had 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 an incredible place that Harry, and anyone who reads about him, will find unforgettable.
For it's there that he finds not only friends, aerial sports, and magic in everything from classes to meals, but a great destiny that's been waiting for him...if Harry can survive the encounter.
Joanne Rowling, author of the Harry Potter book series, was born in Chipping Sodbury near Bristol, England. After she graduated from Exeter University, she found work as a secretary, and later spent time teaching English in Portugal before moving to Edinburgh, Scotland, with her daughter. She currently resides in Scotland with her husband and three children.