Mythmaker: The Story of J. K. Rowling

Overview

In 1998, when the first Harry Potter book was published in the United States, no one-including J.K. Rowling herself-could have predicted the success of the series. Now, her seven books about Harry Potter's adventures are widely read by adults and children alike and have been translated into more than 64 languages. Popular movies based on the books have brought Harry Potter to an even wider audience, and Rowling has become one of the wealthiest women in the world. But where did Harry Potter come from? Mythmaker: ...

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Overview

In 1998, when the first Harry Potter book was published in the United States, no one-including J.K. Rowling herself-could have predicted the success of the series. Now, her seven books about Harry Potter's adventures are widely read by adults and children alike and have been translated into more than 64 languages. Popular movies based on the books have brought Harry Potter to an even wider audience, and Rowling has become one of the wealthiest women in the world. But where did Harry Potter come from? Mythmaker: The Story of J.K. Rowling delves into the life and mind of an extraordinary woman who overcame life's obstacles to become one of the most loved children's book authors of all time.

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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal

Gr 7-9

Most of the content in this update repeats what appears in the 2002 edition, including many of the high-quality photographs and at least one typo. Sickels discusses the plots of the "Harry Potter" novels and delves into Rowling's life story. The text concludes with extensive notes and lists of works by Rowling, popular Potter characters, major awards, and so on. This is similar to Joan Vos MacDonald's J. K. Rowling: Banned, Challenged, and Censored (Enslow, 2008). However, that title focuses more on why Rowling's books have been challenged in libraries, schools, and communities. An additional consideration at best, for libraries serving only the most ardent Potter fans.-Anne Chapman Callaghan, Racine Public Library, WI

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780791096321
  • Publisher: Facts on File, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/28/2008
  • Series: Who Wrote That? Series
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 136
  • Sales rank: 1,394,451
  • Age range: 11 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.70 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents


Foreword   Kyle Zimmer     6
Wild About Harry     11
"Quiet, Freckly, Short-Sighted"     21
Harry Appears     31
Half a Suitcase of Stories     41
Bidding War     51
A Phenomenon in Publishing     67
Breaking Records     81
Creating Harry's World     91
Harry's Place in Children's Literature     101
Chronology     114
Notes     116
Works   J.K. Rowling     121
Popular Books     122
Popular Characters     124
Major Awards     126
Bibliography     127
Further Reading     130
Index     132
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