By J.K. Rowling
Plot: “As his eleventh birthday arrives, the time comes for Harry Potter to discover the truth about his magical beginnings – and embark on the enthralling, unmissable adventure that will lead him to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, his true friends Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger, powerful secrets and a destiny he cannot avoid …” -publisher
Writing: I am just a simple person. I am just a humble reader of this book, and my words can do it no justice. I’ll try anyway, though! The story is well planned out and exciting. J.K. Rowling pioneered the normal-kid-finds-out-they-are-magical-genre. The only problem with that is every single book that came after involving a magical academy or an unassuming kid with powers was labeled a Harry Potter knockoff. It is true that this book is really good, but I don’t think it really deserves the sheer amount of hype it gets. The plot is really simple, which is good, but some of the characters I really didn’t like.
Age Level: … 10-13. I really loved this book from second grade until fifth, but then I kind of got tired of it. There is some gross blood and death-y things that young kiddos might not like, but otherwise it was pretty good.
Overall: I was really surprised that it had taken me this long to review this book! It’s really good, but whatever you do, don’t watch the movies. They completely trash the books and a lot of things are really different.