Books by J.K. Rowling

If you haven't heard of J.K. Rowling, you live under a rock. She is one of the most popular writers of the past few years thanks to her Harry Potter series. But, life wasn't always magical for Joanne Kathleen Rowling. She's had some tough times but she ne


THE CASUAL VACANCY by J.K. Rowling
Released: Sept. 27, 2012

"A departure and a revelation, though the story is dark and doesn't offer much in the way of redemption (or, for that matter, much in the way of laughs). Still, this Rowling person may have a career as a writer before her."
Harry Potter's mommy has a potty mouth. Read full book review >
HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS by J.K. Rowling
Released: July 21, 2007

The epic adventure ends where, and as, it should in this long-awaited heart- (and, predictably, door-) stopping closer. Read full book review >
HARRY POTTER AND THE GOBLET OF FIRE by J.K. Rowling
Released: July 8, 2000

"Still, opening with a thrilling quidditch match, and closing with another wizardly competition that is also exciting, for very different reasons, this sits at the center of Rowling's projected seven volume saga and makes a sturdy, heartstopping (doorstopping) fulcrum for it. (Fiction. All ages)"
As the bells and whistles of the greatest prepublication hoopla in children's book history fade, what's left in the clearing smoke is—unsurprisingly, considering Rowling's track record—another grand tale of magic and mystery, of wheels within wheels oiled in equal measure by terror and comedy, featuring an engaging young hero-in-training who's not above the occasional snit, and clicking along so smoothly that it seems shorter than it is. Read full book review >
HARRY POTTER AND THE PRISONER OF AZKABAN by J.K. Rowling
Released: Sept. 8, 1999

The Harry Potter epic (Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, p. 888, etc.) continues to gather speed as Harry enters his third year at the Hogwarts School for Witchcraft and Wizardry and does battle with the traitor behind his parents' deaths. Read full book review >
HARRY POTTER AND THE CHAMBER OF SECRETS by J.K. Rowling
Released: June 2, 1999

"Readers will be irresistibly drawn into Harry's world by GrandPre's comic illustrations and Rowling's expert combination of broad boarding school farce and high fantasy. (Fiction. 11-14)"
This sequel to Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (1998) brings back the doughty young wizard-in-training to face suspicious adults, hostile classmates, fretful ghosts, rambunctious spells, giant spiders, and even an avatar of Lord Voldemort, the evil sorcerer who killed his parents, while saving the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry from a deadly, mysterious menace. Read full book review >
HARRY POTTER AND THE SORCERER'S STONE by J.K. Rowling
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"It's slanted toward action-oriented readers, who will find that Briticisms meld with all the other wonders of magic school. (Fiction. 10-14)"
In a rousing first novel, already an award-winner in England, Harry is just a baby when his magical parents are done in by Voldemort, a wizard so dastardly other wizards are scared to mention his name. Read full book review >