Twenty-three years after J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone was published, the introduction to the legendary fantasy lives on in its newest illustrated edition by Mina Lima!
You think you know the story: twenty-something J.K. Rowling sat down in The Elephant Café and began writing the best-selling book series of all time. Well, think again.
17 chapters of the first book will be read by Daniel Radcliffe, Stephen Fry, Eddie Redmayne, Dakota Fanning, and even David Beckham.
In honor of Women’s History Month, I thought it would be a good idea to shed some light on some of my favorite female authors. Women dominate my bookshelves, but there are three female authors who reign supreme and have made an impact on my life.
The first of course being JK Rowling, because I have no idea who I would be if Harry Potter wasn’t a part of my life.
J. K. Rowling
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If you don’t know, Rowling is the author of the internationally best selling series and franchise, Harry Potter. The seven book series is about a young boy who discovers he is a wizard and goes to Hogwarts Wizard School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Over the course of the novels Harry grows and discovers his path in life is to defeat Lord Voldemort, the man who killed his parents, in order to save the wizarding world. It’s an amazing series that takes you on an incredible journey. Even though I first read the series when I was ten, even now, in my twenties, reading Harry Potter feels like I’m visiting my old friends, because for a long time those books were the only friends I had. JK Rowling created my forever friends in the shape of seven books.
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JK Rowling definitely inspired me to be a writer, but Angie Thomas showed me that I could actually do it. Angie Thomas is the best selling author of The Hate U Give and On The Come Up. The Hate U Give, her debut novel, follows a young girl named Starr, who witnesses the wrongful murder of her best friend at the hands of a police officer. The novel is largely based on the Black Lives Matter movement and due to the amazing storytelling of Angie Thomas, this novel stayed number one on the NY Times Best Seller list for over a year. There is even a movie based on the book that has rave reviews, and her second novel, On The Come Up, is also on the New York Times bestseller list. Her determination to tell her stories and the way she tells them is what inspires me to find my voice and write that story, just like she did.
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I first discovered Elizabeth Acevedo last summer at BookCon. I went to one of her panels and her personality and passion for books and for life is what encouraged me to pick up her work. Her debut novel, The Poet X, is about a young girl, Xiomara, who dreams of becoming a poet and writes all her frustrations about her life into her journal that she can’t live without. Her second novel, With the Fire on High, is about a young girl, Emani, who wants to be a chef, but is trying to balance school, a part time job, and being a mom to a toddler. Emani and Xiomara are two different girls but both of them are unique and love what they’re passionate about, doing their best to stay focused on their goals. Acevedo’s personality shines through her characters and I admire how she connects her culture and upbringing into her stories.
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