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Who Is J.K. Rowling? (Who Was...?) [Kindle Edition]

Pamela D. Pollack , Meg Belviso , Stephen Marchesi , Nancy Harrison
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

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Book Description

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.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 13125 KB
  • Print Length: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Grosset & Dunlap (2 Aug. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0448458721
  • ISBN-13: 978-0448458724
  • ASIN: B006CUA1EW
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #204,825 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars J.K. Rowling Mini-Biography 23 Sept. 2012
Format:Paperback
"Who Is J.K. Rowling" is an entertaining and quick read at just 105 pages. The following is a micro-sampler of what is contained in this book:
Chapter 2: A Flying Car (commences on page 21): Key details from Rowling's childhood are discussed, along with some of her favorite books.
Chapter 5: The Slush Pile (begins on page 46): This chapter includes facts on J.K. Rowling's journey towards submitting her writings to a receptive agent.
Chapter 8: Truly Magical (starts on page 85): Important information is shared on how much Rowling's family life changed as her fame started to sky-rocket even further. I thought that it was great to include some information about the houses and security detail.
"Who Is J.K. Rowling" by Pam Pollack and Meg Belviso (illustration by Stephen Marchesi) is a book best for those who enjoy the Harry Potter films and/or books. It is also a great book for those who like biographies about self-made people.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good 17 Oct. 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Very short but still really interesting and informative. It has lots of information about J.k. Rowling! Not the best biography though.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Jk Rowling biography 15 Jan. 2014
By Brooke
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This . Is an ok biography. But I must say that I probably wouldn't have brought it if there was a better range of biography s to choose from.turn to page three hundred and ninety four. Sorry I'm watching prisoner if Azkaban and I just couldn't help myself.
Anyway what is up with the timeline of the world at the end.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars well-written biography for children 13 Aug. 2012
By Beth in Iowa - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This is a thoughtful and up-to-date biography of J.K. Rowling, one that will be easily read by grade school children, yet contains enough information to be interesting to adults as well. My 9-yr-old daughter liked it and read it quickly, and I too enjoyed it.

The book covers Rowling's childhood, school days and early adult decisions, pointing out events and circumstances that influenced the development of the Harry Potter stories. It moves on to the process of writing the stories and their publication, followed by the effects that Pottermania had on her life and that of her daughter. Also, it depicts how her new-found wealth has changed her life -- her mansion residences, her charitable work and donations -- and tells of her second marriage and additional two children.

The book has a number of informative inserts about related subjects, including Jane Austin, the origin of HP character names, Amnesty International, challenged/banned books, traditional herbs, and internet fan sites. It is liberally illustrated with line drawings that contribute a great deal to the story (although, if I had one quibble, it would be with the book's map of England, which does not include most of the locations mentioned in the book). I recommend this book for children and adults who wish to know more about the woman who is probably the most famous author (and certainly the most well-known among children) alive today.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars FAN-tastic! 4 Feb. 2013
By Girlfriend Recommends - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
My ten year-old daughter needed to do a school project on a biography so we perused many available options before settling on J. K. Rowling. We both thoroughly enjoyed this interesting read about the woman who created Harry Potter and the magical world he inhabits. I have always been a huge fan of the Harry Potter books and their enduring themes of friendship, loyalty, courage, doing what is right, and the power of love. Now, I am an equally big fan of the woman who lives those ideals. It was great to learn about what her inspirations have been and how she has used her fortune to help others.

Does J. K. Rowling deserve to be included amongst this series which also includes Barrack Obama, Neil Armstrong, and Babe Ruth? Absolutely! She is an excellent role model for children to read about.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars J.K. Rowling Mini-Biography 23 Sept. 2012
By Stella Carrier - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
"Who Is J.K. Rowling" is an entertaining and quick read at just 105 pages. The following is a micro-sampler of what is contained in this book:
Chapter 2: A Flying Car (commences on page 21): Key details from Rowling's childhood are discussed, along with some of her favorite books.
Chapter 5: The Slush Pile (begins on page 46): This chapter includes facts on J.K. Rowling's journey towards submitting her writings to a receptive agent.
Chapter 8: Truly Magical (starts on page 85): Important information is shared on how much Rowling's family life changed as her fame started to sky-rocket even further. I thought that it was great to include some information about the houses and security detail.
"Who Is J.K. Rowling" by Pam Pollack and Meg Belviso (illustration by Stephen Marchesi) is a book best for those who enjoy the Harry Potter films and/or books. It is also a great book for those who like biographies about self-made people.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars It is interesting, but not enough. 15 May 2013
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I wont say it is a bad book, but it was not what I was expecting. I read it in one hour, and it has a lot of drawings. Even it says like the special moments in the life of Rowling, it is not deep enough as I would like. It is made from a research of published interviews, but I would like to read more about the personal expirience, not only how other see it. So this is good if you don't know anything about the author, but if you are looking for something closer to an introspective, this is not the right book.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars too basic; lacks content even though accurate 20 April 2014
By latebloomerToo - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This book was purchased for a 6th grader's assignment. She was seeking information about this author. Disappointed, she used the book but it lacked enough content. For example, the author provides basic facts about J.K. Rowling but does not elaborate with interesting follow-up information. The book could very well have been written in bullet-point style. The 6th grader gleaned little information from this book; rather, she needed to turn more to the internet to fill in gaps that could have been provided by this author.
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