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Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone - Junior Library Guild book club edition in special fine binding

J. K. Rowling

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ISBN 10: 0590353403 / ISBN 13: 9780590353403
Published by Scholastic / Arthur A. Levine, New York, 1998
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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In fine dark chocolate calf binding with inlay on front cover of Harry Potter's glasses and a gilt, orange and white quidditch ball in flight on the rear cover. Housed in special slipcase, and accompanied by the original Junior Library Guild dust jacket. The JLG book club edition has many of the same points as the true first, including the copyrightpage the number line goes down to '1' and states First American Edition, October 1998. In addition to the JLG imprint on the spine and badge on the rear panel, it has all of the other first state points: $16.95 price, quote from The Guardian on rear, proper ISBN number and '5165' above smaller bar code. The JLG book club edition is notoriously scarce. A very handsome copy of the first Harry Potter book, in a truly wonderful designer binding done by Eric Andrews of Meadville, PA. Bookseller Inventory # C000025225

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Title: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone - ...

Publisher: Scholastic / Arthur A. Levine, New York

Publication Date: 1998

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: fine

Edition: First American edition.

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A winner of England's National Book Award, the acclaimed debut novel tells the outrageously funny, fantastic adventure story of Harry Potter, who escapes a hideous foster home thanks to a scholarship to The Hogwarts School for Witchcraft and Wizardry.

Review:

Say you've spent the first 10 years of your life sleeping under the stairs of a family who loathes you. Then, in an absurd, magical twist of fate you find yourself surrounded by wizards, a caged snowy owl, a phoenix-feather wand, and jellybeans that come in every flavor, including strawberry, curry, grass, and sardine. Not only that, but you discover that you are a wizard yourself! This is exactly what happens to young Harry Potter in J.K. Rowling's enchanting, funny debut novel, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. In the nonmagic human world--the world of "Muggles"--Harry is a nobody, treated like dirt by the aunt and uncle who begrudgingly inherited him when his parents were killed by the evil Voldemort. But in the world of wizards, small, skinny Harry is famous as a survivor of the wizard who tried to kill him. He is left only with a lightning-bolt scar on his forehead, curiously refined sensibilities, and a host of mysterious powers to remind him that he's quite, yes, altogether different from his aunt, uncle, and spoiled, piglike cousin Dudley.

A mysterious letter, delivered by the friendly giant Hagrid, wrenches Harry from his dreary, Muggle-ridden existence: "We are pleased to inform you that you have been accepted at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry." Of course, Uncle Vernon yells most unpleasantly, "I AM NOT PAYING FOR SOME CRACKPOT OLD FOOL TO TEACH HIM MAGIC TRICKS!" Soon enough, however, Harry finds himself at Hogwarts with his owl Hedwig... and that's where the real adventure--humorous, haunting, and suspenseful--begins. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, first published in England as Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, continues to win major awards in England. So far it has won the National Book Award, the Smarties Prize, the Children's Book Award, and is short-listed for the Carnegie Medal, the U.K. version of the Newbery Medal. This magical, gripping, brilliant book--a future classic to be sure--will leave kids clamoring for Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets and Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. (Ages 8 to 13) --Karin Snelson

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