Everyone loves Harry Potter. Now kids can learn about Harry's creator!

In 1995, on a four-hour-delayed train from Manchester to London, J. K. Rowling conceived of the idea of a boy wizard named Harry Potter. Upon arriving in London, she began immediately writing the first book in the saga. Rowling's true-life, rags-to-riches story is as compelling as the world of Hogwarts that she created. This biography details not only Rowling's life and her love of literature but the story behind the creation of a modern classic.
Paperback, 105 pages
Published on August 2, 2012 by Grosset & Dunlap
ISBN-10: 0448458721
ISBN-13: 9780448458724
41 Book Reviews
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  • dogos298
    dogos298Wednesday, March 22, 2017 at 7:43 am
    this is a good book
    • enderslayer
      enderslayerThursday, March 9, 2017 at 8:22 am55 stars
      Harry Potter RULES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
      • HiWednesday, March 8, 2017 at 5:33 pm
        Kewl
        • gdog17
          gdog17Thursday, February 16, 2017 at 6:57 am
          i love this book
          • sambaTuesday, February 7, 2017 at 11:42 am
            NOVELS Are amazing
            • kittys4everFriday, December 16, 2016 at 2:23 pm
              i want to read it how do i read it
              • schoolgirl3616
                schoolgirl3616Sunday, September 4, 2016 at 5:31 am
                This is a really good book! I love Harry Potter so I think that it is interesting to learn about the author instead of the boy wizard of the wizarding world.
                • unicornkitty
                  unicornkittyFriday, August 19, 2016 at 1:57 pm44 stars
                  This is a really good book it tells you the story of her life and let me say they are good they are good. I love how it tells you when she is a little girl it is really cool. There are a lot of different Who was? MY favorite was this one.
                  • sadhika
                    sadhikaWednesday, June 15, 2016 at 12:19 pm
                    Coolest author ever
                    • smishball123
                      smishball123Tuesday, June 14, 2016 at 9:17 pm55 stars
                      It was a great book explaining JK Rowlings life and tells you how she got the ideas and where she got them from. I really recommend this book to all of you harry potter fans!

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