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Rowling, J.K.  (1998).  Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.  New York, NY: Scholastic.ALA Notable Children’s BookInterest Level: 5-8Reading Level: 5.3Genre: FantasySubjects: Harry Potter, Hogwarts, Wizards, Witches, Schools, England, Fantasy, Friends, Death, Teachers, MagicHarry Potter:1 – The Sorcerer’s Stone2 – The Chamber of Secrets3 – The Prisoner of Azkaban4 – The Goblet of Fire5 – The Order of the Phoenix6 – The Half-Blood Prince7 – The Deathly Hallows

Rowling, J.K. (1998). Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. New York, NY: Scholastic.
ALA Notable Children’s Book
Interest Level: 5-8
Reading Level: 5.3
Genre: Fantasy
Subjects: Harry Potter, Hogwarts, Wizards, Witches, Schools, England, Fantasy, Friends, Death, Teachers, Magic
Harry Potter:
1 – The Sorcerer’s Stone
2 – The Chamber of Secrets
3 – The Prisoner of Azkaban
4 – The Goblet of Fire
5 – The Order of the Phoenix
6 – The Half-Blood Prince
7 – The Deathly Hallows

“Sunshine, daisies, butter mellow, Turn this stupid, fat rat yellow.” – Ron

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone is the first book in a series about an 11-year-old boy wizard named Harry Potter. His world contains people unaware about magic called Muggles and a hidden society of magic. As an infant, Harry was left with his mother’s sister and her family, Harry grows up not knowing about magic, the world of his parents, and is treated horribly by his relatives. He is teased by his cousin Dudley, called names by his Aunt Petunia, and is forced to live in a cupboard under the stairs by his Uncle Vernon. Yet, all is about to change as Harry receives an invitation on his eleventh birthday to attend Hogwarts, a famous school of magic, and the remainder of the book covers the attendance of his first year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

From the start of his journey, Harry is continually amazed by the new and unusual things he sees and learns, particularly the fact that he is a natural flying on a broom. Even more, as he continues to meet these magical people, he discovers new friends and family he never had. As part of his new world, Harry has to deal with its evil elements. There are those who hate the non-magical Muggles. One of the most notorious and recent was Lord Voldemort, the wizard who murdered Harry’s parents and tried to kill Harry as an infant. In fact, this led to Harry being famous in the magical world, where he is known as “The Boy who Lived”, and, Lord Voldemort has not been heard of since the murder of Harry’s parents.

During the first school year, Harry Potter is curious about an item being hidden at Hogwarts, the Sorcerer’s Stone. Along with his new best friends, Ron Weasley, and Hermione Granger, they discover the location of the Sorcerer’s Stone with additional hints slipped by the school’s keeper of grounds, Hagrid. It is here that Harry battles an ally of Lord Voldemort, Professor Quirrell and even has a confrontation with the evil wizard himself. Lord Voldemort as everyone anticipated was dead has actually living off of the essence of unicorn blood. And as the first book (first year of school at Hogwarts) concludes, Harry has cemented wonderful relationships with friends and mentors (the headmaster Professor Dumbledore and the head of the Gryffindor House, Professor McGonagall), and is already excited for his second term (book two: The Chamber of Secrets).

The Harry Potter series, beginning with Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone contains as much magic capturing the interest of the readers as magic within Hogwarts. J.K. Rowling has created a set of characters that you want to follow on their journey, as you cheer for them, laugh along with them, share in their wonder and magical lessons, and even experience their fright. J.K Rowling created characters in which readers of any age will easily be able to identify with whether they are Muggles or magical folk, and the settings are described in fluid detail that imagining such places comes with ease. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone also created into a film that helped popularize the series even further. Most fans of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone most likely will/have enjoyed reading Percy Jackson & The Olympians by Rick Riordan, The Spiderwick Chronicles by Tony DiTerlizzi and Holly Black, The Inheritance Cycle by Christopher Paolini, the newer series The Guardians of Childhood by William Joyce, His Dark Materials by Phillip Pullman, The Unwanteds by Lisa McMann, Children of the Red King by Jenny Nimmo, and Books of Beginning by John Stephens.


Geringer, L., & Joyce, W. (2011). Nicholas St. North and the battle of the Nightmare King. New York, NY: Atheneum Book for Young Readers.
Interest Level: 3-6
Reading Level: 5.9
Genre: Fantasy
Subjects: Good and evil, adventure and adventurers, Nightmares, Wizards, Heroes, Moon, Sana Claus
Guardians of Childhood:
1 – Nicholas St. North and the Battle of the Nightmare King
2 – E. Aster Bunnymud and the Warrior Eggs at Earth’s Core!
3 – Toothiana, Queen of the Tooth Fairy Armies
4 – The Sandman and the War of Dreams (release: September 2013)

Santa was a bandit?

Nicholas St. North and the Battle of the Nightmare King is the first chapter book of William Joyce’s Guardians of Childhood. Though this book is intended for middle-age readers, it truly is a book to be enjoyed by all ages. It is an exploration of childhood mythology by combining folklore and traditions. The Guardians of Childhood books all take place on earth and before the characters become the famous myths we know them as today. This is creative blend of fantasy, science fiction… particularly steampunk…you’ll have to read to see how that fits in to the story, and fairytales.

Meet Santa before he was Santa Claus. As a treasure hunting sword yielding Russian bandit, that with a change of heart becomes the apprentice of the last surviving Atlantian wizard, Ombric Shalazar. The two with the orphaned mysterious elfin girl Katherine, along with many exciting companions, such as the Lunar Lama Monks, armed Himalayan Yetis, a fighting Oak Tree, a domesticated bear, moon beams, and a spectral boy named Nightlight all ban together with the protector of dreams Tsar Lunar (aka Man in the Moon) to fight his evil arch nemesis, the nightmare lord Pitch and his fearlings that are determined to terrorize all the children of earth.

If you want to try an entirely new series and enjoyed the highly engaging fast paced plot of The Spiderwick Chronicles by Holly Black and Toni DiTerilizi, as well as the descriptive language, frequent illustrations, and a fun, outlandish, and whimsical storyline, then you will enjoy the adventures found in Nicholas St. North and the Battle of the Nightmare King, and the other Guardians of Childhood books, E. Aster Bunnymud and the Warrior Eggs at Earth’s Core!,and Toothiana, Queen of the Tooth Fairy Armies, and the upcoming release (September 2013) of The Sandman and the War of Dreams. Also, don’t miss The Rise of the Guardians, a heartwarming major motion picture released in theaters November 21, 2012.

Book: The Guardians of Childhood: Book One by William Joyce.  Music: Nautilus from Final Fantasy XIII Original Sountrack (Disc 3, Track 9).