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KIDZ NEWS
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Hooray for
Harry Potter!
He's enthralling a new generation of readers.
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Thank you, Harry Potter, for succeeding where scores of frustrated parents and teachers have floundered: coaxing children to read for the fun of it. Also magical about J.K. Rowling's books is their cross-generational appeal. They're aimed at children age 8 and up, but a grandmother reading them to a child may be equally enchanted.
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Harry Potter, 11, attends a boarding school for wizards. And though the magic element of these tales is often a concern among resurgent book-banners, there's little to squeak about. These stories are clean, imaginative fun in a fantasy world of magic wands, sporty broomsticks and invisibility cloaks. Harry's also just a school kid with family issues and peer pressures young readers can relate to.
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"Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" last fall became the first children's novel to top the best-seller list, and all three Potter books hold positions there now. That The New York Times is considering creating a separate children's list is very exciting news in this electronic age.
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Young readers impatient for the fourth book are forming Harry Potter clubs. Club members at Spokane's Hutton Elementary School choose characters and role-play during get-togethers.
Clearly, Harry's got kids hooked on reading.
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