Book Review – Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling

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Did you get a chance to touch base with that teen or young adult in your life last week? We spent a low-key weekend at home together. Did you get many trick-or-treaters last night? Our young adults feel they were too old to go out, but it was fun to see the younger ones come to our door in their costumes. It brought back memories of our young adults going out around the neighborhood and coming home with their own bags of candy.

November’s Theme – Making Choices

This month’s theme is making choices. It’s something that we do every day which determines our life direction. We learn from all our choices, whether those choices are good or bad. Sometimes choices are made without all the correct information, they are made based on assumptions about a situation or a person.


The book I chose to review this month is one where a bunch of choices are made by the main character, Harry Potter, and they take him on a journey which wasn’t the easiest at times. The book is Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, the first book in a seven-book series.



Selma’s Book Review

Book Title

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone


J.K. Rowling

Type of Book

Teen/Young Adult Fiction, Fantasy

Author Background

J.K. Rowling has written many books. According to her website, an interesting fact about her is that she wanted to be a writer from an early age and wrote her first book about a rabbit called ‘Rabbit’ at the age of six. She lives in the United Kingdom.

Summary of the book

Harry Potter is a young teen who doesn’t know he is a wizard. His parents are killed when he is just an infant, so they were not able to share his background with him. He was being raised by his aunt and uncle until the people from Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry find him and invite him to attend school there. While he is there, he follows his gut in his decision making to help other characters out. Sometimes he gets himself into trouble, but in the end, he survives and is able to make it through his first year at Hogwarts.

Reaction to the book

Having seen most of the movies, it was nice to finally read the actual book. It filled in quite a few details that I didn’t pick up from the movies. I liked the character and story development which was easy to follow. Watching Harry navigate the halls of Hogwarts as a new student is a theme which is relatable for teens and young adults to follow, even in this fantasy setting. I would recommend this book for any teen or young adult reader.

Link to the author

If you want to learn more about the author, here is a link to her website J.K. Rowling

Link to the book

If you want to purchase a copy of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone,, here is a link to Amazon – Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. Or you can pick it up from one of your local bookstores or shop and have the purchase credited to them.


The Hard Way is about making choices

Both books in The Way Series focus on high school and the challenges teens can face. Book one, The Hard Way, focuses on peer pressure and making choices with the approval of peers being a factor. Check it out on the books tab of my website, Selma P. Verde – Books



Launching A New Page on my website today

Today I am launching a couple of new pages on my website. One is my Mentor page which has some mentor statements related to this month’s theme Making Choices. And the teen resource links that I mention in my monthly Teen Resource post can all be found through a link on the new Mentor page. Be sure to take a look and let me know what you think!


Have a great week!




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