HARRY, A HISTORY

THE TRUE STORY OF A BOY WIZARD, HIS FANS, AND LIFE INSIDE THE HARRY POTTER PHENOMENON

Chronicling ten years of Pottermania, Anelli dishes up a revealing, delicious insider’s view of “small groups of people acting in ways they shouldn’t, doing things they usually wouldn’t, and making the kind of history that, without Harry, they pretty much couldn’t.” As both a journalist and longtime webmistress of the “Leaky Cauldron” fan site, she’s in a unique position to carry it off. Though she didn’t become an active fan until the weary interval between Goblet of Fire (2000) and Order of the Phoenix (2003), she made up for lost time, diving into a whirlwind of networking, press junkets, touring podcasts and, to top it off, encounters with J.K. Rowling that evolved from deer-in-the-headlights hellos at public events to intimate interviews. The author also takes readers onstage with the wizard rock band Harry and the Potters, travels to Georgia for discomfiting conversations with would-be book-banner Laura Mallory and offers her own takes on such fannish topics as fanfic and spoilers, vividly capturing the exhilaration of being part of what was at once a community and a movement. (endnotes, bibliography, introduction by Rowling) (Memoir. 13 & up)

Pub Date: Nov. 4, 2008

ISBN: 978-1-4165-5495-0

Page Count: 368

Publisher: Pocket

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Oct. 15, 2008

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TOP LAWYERS AND THEIR FAMOUS CASES

According to Emert, the eight lawyers profiled in this book all shared a ``commitment to the causes of justice, fairness, and equality.'' Andrew Hamilton, John Adams, and Abraham Lincoln played prominent leadership roles in American history. Belva Lockwood, the first woman lawyer to appear before the US Supreme Court, assisted the Cherokee Indians in their monetary claim against the government. Clarence Darrow (the Scopes trial), Robert H. Jackson (the German war-crimes trial), and Joseph Welch (the McCarthy hearings) exemplified lawyers whose trial skills were at the highest levels. Morris Dees, co-founder of the Southern Poverty Law Center and ``the first attorney to file suit against a racist organization,'' has won substantial monetary judgments against the Ku Klux Klan and the White Aryan Resistance; his work continues today. Emert (All That Glitters, 1995, not reviewed, etc.) presents legal theories in clear and concise language; the tone is intentionally admirable in keeping with the book's goal of counteracting the negative image of lawyers. It meets and surpasses that goal, hands down. (b&w photos, bibliography, index) (Nonfiction. 14+)

Pub Date: Aug. 8, 1996

ISBN: 1-881508-31-5

Page Count: 160

Publisher: N/A

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 15, 1996

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FROM THE HEART

LIGHT-HEARTED VERSE

In the same delicately precise style and brilliant colors of his Bizarre Birds and Beasts (1991), Marsh paints plants and animals cleverly posed to form hearts as integral parts of the decorative designs illustrating his ``light-hearted verse'': a ram's horns (``Warm-Hearted,'' concluding, ``...I must declare that I love ewe''); the space between two hippos' open jaws (``Big-Hearted''); an autumnal pear (pair) tree (``Change of Heart''); a barbed-wired frame, dripping blood and entwined with roses, with tiny cupids to sharpen points and also offer bandaids (``Empty-Hearted''). The accompanying verses are neatly scanned and spiced with ironies, puns, and—occasionally—odd facts: ``Here's a most romantic thing; / Dragonflies mate on the wing! / When secure in their embrace, / Procreation's taking place.'' This should be a hot item in bookstores for Valentine's Day; it also suggests some creative uses for art or poetry classes. (Poetry/Picture book. YA)

Pub Date: Jan. 1, 1993

ISBN: 0-8037-1449-1

Page Count: 32

Publisher: Dial

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Dec. 15, 1992

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