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By Amy Sickels

Know about the writers of well known kid's tales with the 'Who Wrote That?' sequence. each one publication offers the lowdown on a well-liked writer, explaining their motivations and directory the books and characters they've got created. 'Did You Know?' containers spotlight attention-grabbing proof concerning the authors.

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Christopher Little phoned his client in Edinburgh and said her book was the contested prize between heavyweight publishers that included Hyperion, Putnam, Random House, and Scholastic. Rowling assumed a few thousand dollars were at stake and waited patiently for the result. The phone ran late at night in Rowling’s apartment. On the line was Arthur Levine, still at his office in New York because of the five-hour time difference. He told her that Scholastic had successfully purchased the rights from Bloomsbury to publish Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone for $105,000, a very high amount for an unknown author.

Suddenly, for no reason she can recall, Harry Potter appeared in her mind. It was an incredible feeling to suddenly have so much of this idea come to her at once. 5 Rowling knew that the boy was a wizard, but he did not know he was a wizard. He became more and more real to her, and her mind spun with ideas about him. Rowling thought she should write them down. Then, to “my immense frustration, I didn’t have a functioning pen with me, and I was Harry Appears Daniel Radcliffe, the star of the Harry Potter movies, poses just prior to beginning work on the first movie.

3 “Erised,” as Harry learns, is “desire” spelled backwards; when Harry looks in the mirror, he sees what he most wants to see. She added that, if she were looking in the mirror, she would see exactly what Harry saw. “I’d gabble on and at the end of five minutes I’d realize I hadn’t asked what it’s like to be dead. —at least I’m aware of that. ”4 After her mother’s death, Rowling did not permit herself the needed time to grieve. ” Hence, she picked up and moved far away, which led her on a bumpy path.

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