The Title Past
this is the October column and October is the month of Halloween, I
went in search of a mysterious, otherworldly subject matter to review.
The book that immediately caught my attention was Exploring Harry
Potter a Beacham's Sourcebook for teaching young adult fiction.
The Harry Potter books have encouraged and developed a whole new generation
of young readers. Here I must be quick to point out that many adults
are equally enraptured with the series. I picked up the first book out
of curiosity and soon found myself searching out the remaining books
in the series. And now Warner Brothers is releasing a movie in December
and the retail stores are full of Harry Potter costumes, games and other
Harry Potter by Elizabeth D. Schafer
Beacham Publishing Corporation - September 15, 2000
For teaching young adult fiction
by Sue Johnson, MyShelf.com
With the Harry Potter
series, so many young adults have been awakened to the joy of reading
the printed word that teachers and parents alike are using this sourcebook
as a teaching tool. Not only to teach reading appreciation but to teach
geography, mythology and fairy tales, archetypes and biblical references,
history, science, and moral and social codes. Also included is a section
of related titles and other books you can encourage a young reader to
pursue while awaiting the release of the next Harry Potter book.
The Harry Potter
series has captivated audiences from many countries far and wide, Although
Harry is British, and he is not bound by Geography. He appeals to the
young American as well as a multitude of foreign countries from Arabic
to Chinese. It has been published in 28 languages and sold in 130 countries.
Harry Potter is the underdog. He is not especially attractive, smart
or self-confident. He has not had the perfect home life and often suffers
at the hands of bullies. Through it all Harry perseveres, and a happy
ending is guaranteed,
This book is intended as a guide and is not expected to be read page
for page. As a parent, reader or teacher reaches a certain section in
the series they can reach for the book to give them insight and suggestions
for related literature, questions, and creative projects. Numerous Internet
sites also provide online fun and research sources.
The Harry Potter books were the first children's books to be included
on the New York Times best seller list since E.B. Whites "Charlottes
Web" in 1952. On November 28,1999 three Harry Potter books were
in the top 3 positions on the NY Times best seller list. Amazon.com
offered the public the opportunity to pre-order book number five in
the spring of 2000. Between the American and British sales alone there
was so many orders placed that the unpublished book reached bestseller
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