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Author:  J. K./ GrandPre Rowling Illustrator:  Mary GrandPre
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Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Rowling, J. K./ GrandPre, Mary (ILT) 1 of 1

Product Details:

Format: Hardcover
ISBN-10: 0439203538
ISBN-13: 9780439203531
Sku: 33744140
Publish Date: 1/16/2003
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 9H x 6.25L x 1.25T
Pages:  352
Age Range:  12 to UP
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Not for the first time, an argument had broken out over breakfast at number four Privet Drive. Mr. Vernon Dursley had been woken in the early hours of the morning by a loud, hooting noise from his nephew Harry's room.
"Third time this week!" he roared across the table. "If you can't control that owl, it'll have to go!" (from the first line)
Harry Potter is back at Hogwarts for his second year, but someone -- or something -- is turning the students to stone. Is it Dobby the house-elf, who warned Harry not to return to school? Draco Malfoy, as noxious as ever? Kindly Hagrid, whose past is finally revealed? Or the person everyone most suspects . . . Harry Potter himself! This gorgeous collector's edition features a rich leather cover with gold stamping, gilt edging on the pages, and the elegant chapter openers and interior design that readers have come to expect from the Harry Potter series.
From the Publisher:
Harry Potter is back at Hogwarts for his second year, but someone -- or something -- is turning the students to stone. Is it Dobby the house-elf, who warned Harry not to return to school? Draco Malfoy, as noxious as ever? Kindly Hagrid, whose past is finally revealed? Or the person everyone most suspects . . . Harry Potter himself! This gorgeous collector's edition features a rich leather cover with gold stamping, gilt edging on the pages, and the elegant chapter openers and interior design that readers have come to expect from the Harry Potter series.
Annotation:
In this second entry in the amazingly popular Harry Potter series, Harry is suffering a horrible summer break after his first year at the Hogwarts School for Witchcraft and Wizardry. Basically confined to his room by his vile Uncle Vernon and putrid Aunt Petunia, Harry can't wait to return to Hogwarts. However, when he is visited by a nervous yet magical house-elf he is warned that he will be in great peril if he returns to Hogwarts--a warning he chooses to ignore. Upon his return to school, Harry and his best friends Ron and Hermione investigate the true story of the legendary Chamber of Secrets but before they know it a mysterious force begins turning the other students to stone--and Harry is soon thought of as the main suspect. Could this be the peril that the house-elf warned him about or is something even more dangerous in store for Harry?The second entry of the amazingly popular Harry Potter series opens with the boy wizard suffering through a dreadful summer break after his first year at the Hogwarts School for Witchcraft and Wizardry. Confined to his room by his vile Uncle Vernon and putrid Aunt Petunia, Harry can't wait to return to Hogwarts, even after Dobby, a well-meaning but dreadfully mischievous house-elf appears with a warning about Harry's safety at school. Ignoring this, Harry returns to Hogwart's, and along with his best friends Ron and Hermione, begins to investigate the true story of the legendary Chamber of Secrets. But a mysterious force begins turning the other students to stone--and Harry is soon thought of as the main suspect. Could this be the peril that Dobby warned him about or is something even more dangerous in store for Harry? In 2002, the book was made into a blockbuster film.
Author Bio
J. K. Rowling
One night, as a young J. K. (Joanne Kathleen) Rowling traveled from Manchester to London by train, an idea for a book about a boy wizard named Harry Potter formed in her mind. It would change the course of her life forever. As a young girl growing up in Chepstow, Gwent, a historic town near the Lower Wye Valley in Southern England, Rowling loved to tell stories, and started to write them down when she was 6-years-old. Throughout her schooling, she entertained her friends during lunchtime with fantastic made-up stories. After studying French at the University of Exeter, Rowling went on to work in London, until at age 26, she moved to Portugal to teach English as a second language. There, she married, became pregnant, and worked on her Harry Potter manuscript whenever she had a spare second. The death of her own mother made his orphaned state much more real to her. Rowling's marriage ended in divorce, and she moved to Edinburgh with her newborn daughter, Jessica. ||After five years of writing, and a year's worth of publisher rejections, HARRY POTTER AND THE PHILOSOPHER'S STONE was bought by Bloomsbury (U.K.) and published in June 1997. Shortly after Bloomsbury bought the manuscript, the rights were sold in America, where it was published in September 1998 as HARRY POTTER AND THE SORCERER'S STONE. Her book not only received lavish praise, winning the British Book Awards Children's Book of the Year and the Smarties Prize, but earned Rowling enough money to quit teaching and write full time. Her six subsequent Harry Potter books, all spectacular bestsellers, have continued to receive British and American awards, and are all being made into films. Having reached her lifelong dream of becoming a professional writer, Rowling encourages children who want to write to read as much as they can.

Praise

"The novel is marked throughout by the same sly and sophisticated humor found in the first book, along with inventive, new, matter-of-fact uses of magic that will once again have readers longing to emulate Harry and his wizard friends." 7/1/1999
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