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By Amy Sickels

Know about the writers of renowned kid's tales with the 'Who Wrote That?' sequence. each one e-book supplies the lowdown on a favored writer, explaining their motivations and directory the books and characters they've got created. 'Did You Know?' packing containers spotlight attention-grabbing proof in regards to the authors.

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When Rowling’s students gently teased their 26-yearold teacher about her last name, calling her Miss “Rolling Stone,” she laughed. She liked to teach English to beginners, and her hours were perfect, too; she worked afternoons and evenings, which left her mornings open to write. Even though the broad outline of her brewing story had occurred to Rowling on the train from Manchester to London, it would take two years to develop the intricacies of the plot. Progress was glacially slow on the first book, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (titled Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone in the United States).

Harry’s first year at Hogwarts is filled with adventure, friendship, and danger. He finds the Mirror of Erised, and he mourns the loss of his parents when he sees them in the mirror’s reflection. Harry realizes that he must be on guard against his own enemies too, such as Potions teacher Severus Snape and classmate Draco Malfoy. With his Gryffindor friends Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger, Harry tries to prevent the sorcerer’s stone from falling into the hands of Voldemort and his allies. The stone offers eternal life and hence would be the key to Voldemort’s plans to return to power.

The power of Scholastic’s book club, with 80 million members, helped Rowling’s book effortlessly climb the bestseller lists. Two Hollywood studios expressed interest in a film version. Media excitement on the overnight success of Harry Potter temporarily overwhelmed the young author. Worried Bidding War that the next book in the series, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, would not be as good, Rowling struggled with a case of writer’s block and the pressure of the sequel’s anticipation. This was the only time, so far, that Rowling felt as though she suffered badly from writer’s block.

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